Because, dammit, I want to win with AK!
Originally Posted by debpes
Thank you for such a well thought out analysis. I think you hit the nail on the head with this one!
Don't know that I'm playing so much in a vacuum, because any hand that I play is (usually) player-dependent. I do know that TPTK usually isn't good against a River bet by a loose/passive player. But in this case, I assumed he'd shove with a range that I mostly beat and playing his draws too aggressively.
I really like your ability to analyze what's really going on here. Mostly hoping to exploit his shenanigans. Hoping he'd call with worse single pair, or with a draw that he'd miss. Because, dammit, I want to win with AK!
I keep thinking that I don't really tilt so my issue isn't with the mental game, it's with learning more about playing SCs or how to 3bet better. How will I get it stuck in my head that I should be mainly playing straight-forward poker and be patient??
LOL - that really did make me laugh - that's the way we all feel!!!
Just slow it down a bit - you seem like a good and thoughtful player - just be sure to take the time to use those skills.
And totally understand what you are saying and agree about playing in vacuum. I guess my point is that generally speaking, top pair isn't worth a stack of chips. For me that is a baseline in this hand and provokes me to exercise pot control. But honestly, I might of very well have done the exact same thing - God knows I have. But I have also folded in this situation too (not that I should have - but again, in that particular situation, it just wasn't worth my stack).
And yeah Aldito - it was not a juicy wet flop, but with that looney toon it probably comes into more consideration - Flush Draw? Straight Draw? Set? 2 Pair? AJ? Air?
Just solid investment thinking - you must exercise due diligence - EVERY TIME!
Yes, certainly use that players history as evidence but don't let it be a substitute for what is going on at that moment. Every once in a while these guy's hit. You still have to play defense - not figure that since it's a long 3-pointer he'll probably miss and blow it off.
But bottom line deb, it's not that you played it horribly - it's the process that got compromised (I think). And it may have ended up the same decision had it not. What I'm saying has less to do with this actual hand than it does helping you get profitable with Big Slick (which is not an easy hand to play - especially if you hit).