re: Poker & What's your move?
Any single pair, concealed or not, is just not that strong by the river. There were in fact many hands I could have had that would have him beat. AA,AJ,A4s,A7s,JJ,77, and J7s are all hands that I might play the way I did. A8o really was the cutoff for me entering the pot from UTG. With only one caller in front of me and flop that was, for the most part, unlikely to have hit him, I threw out a continuation bet expecting to fold hif he bet back at me, which he didn't. I would have checked to the river had that 4 not turned. There was $12 in the pot and it cost him $14 to call. While my table image may not have been tight, it wasn't reckless either.There should have been no reason for any good player to have called my all-in. If you asked him he'd probably say he had a read on me, but those READS
are based usually more on wishfull thinking than observation.
So, did I make a mistake? Well, blown bluffs always look bad in retrospect, but in this case, it was a true mistake. I shouldn't have given him credit for thinking the way I do. All the evidence was there to tell me I was being slow played. I should have put him on better than top pair. My bet on the flop was large enough to have chased away the flush draw and many people will often play an overpair the same way they do a set or 2 pair. That $0.80 micro bet was a dead givaway. I have seen that often enough to know that it's the same as a poke with a stick. He wanted to give me another chance to bet. As Chuck said, it's pointless at these limits to try to weave a complicated bluff. I'll save that one for the WSOP