$200 NLHE Full Ring: QQ: UTG Squeeze play
Hi guys. It's been a long while since I've played poker. I got back into it this year and played $1/$2 live at Hollywood Park Casino. I dunno if I played this hand well but I think I played it well and just got unlucky.
Here it the hand analysis.
Hero = UTG ($110)
UTG+1 ( about $200 who had me covered)
UTG + 2 (around $150 who had me covered as well
MP1 (about $80, less than I had)
MP2 ($100 who just bought in)
Small blind ($120)
Big Blind ($350-$400)
Before asking me why I bought in short, unlike online, in live games, lot of buy-ins are maxed at $100 for $1/$2. Normally, when I play online cash games, I would buy in for max and have auto-top off.
I was dealt pocket Queens and limped for $2. Utg+1 limped for $2 as well. Utg+2 raised it for $8. Mp1, mp2, cutoff, small blind, big blind all called for $8. Pot was $52. So I figured that at this point, it's a good time to squeeze because UTG+2 was loose-aggressive player. And at the same time, high pocket pairs don't do well in a multi-way pot. And since the pot was big enough that no matter what I raise it to, it's still gonna get called. So I shoved all-in for $110. Everyone folded except for big blind. Big Blind had A8o and decided to call off my all-in since he was the last to act. Unfortunately, board makes a straight for him and I lost. I decided to leave bcz I was getting tilted while players at the table were happy that I lost, rubbing it in that I "deserved" to lose for squeezing them out of $8. Was it a bad play to piss them off and squeeze them out of $8? I just told them "haha, ok" UTG+2 tells
me "nice play, you almost had it".
I tend to stack off pre-flop with high pocket pairs if I know I am able to get inferior hands to call me off and I am at least 2:1 favorite, and majority of the time 3:1 or 4:1 favorite. My philosophy tends to be this. "If I can get people to call off their stack with inferior hand where I am at least 7:3 favorite, such as QQ vs A8, KK vs A5, and majority of the time, i have them dominated such as QQvs 22, KK vs 22, AA vs 67, it's always a good risk." I do this only because I hate playing post-flop with high pocket pairs where I either see an Ace on the flop or run into a set. Last year, I ran great. This year, I'm running extremely horribly in live casino. This year, I was roughly up upto $600 and then after yesterday's and several other past beats, I tend to just conclude "i dont' know how to play this game anymore. so while I'm still break-even, I am going to quit"
Last year, I was running very great that it even paid for my entire trip to Korea and expenses. I used to think that I was winning because online made me better and I'm crushing these donks. But this year, I'm either just running horribly or I've been getting lucky in the past and I suck. Or both.
This table seemed very similar to 5NL on full tilt.
Another thing I wanna add is that I tend to not handle downswings in cash games very well. I am able to handle downswings in sngs and tournaments but not the cash games. Unfortunatley, there are no sngs at hollywood park and tournaments are only held at limited time.