Originally Posted by CupOfSalt
One again screwed with AJ
PokerStars - Hold'em Tournament - $10/20 Blinds - 9 Players
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HARPMAN1950 (MP3): $1,460
cupofsalt (CO): $1,490
lIKaozIl (BTN): $1,520
sayk01 (SB): $1,480
Windwalker26 (BB): $1,610
PushLimit59 (UTG): $1,480
humblepawn (UTG+1): $1,500
pezo11 (MP1): $1,460
BONES-3N8 (MP2): $1,500
Pre-flop: Dealt to cupofsalt J<font color='black'>♣</font> A<font color='black'>♣</font>
(2 folds), pezo11 calls $20, (2 folds), cupofsalt raises to $80, (2 folds), Windwalker26 calls $60, (1 folds)
Flop: ($190) J<font color='red'>♥</font> 4<font color='red'>♥</font> 9<font color='black'>♣</font> (2 Players)
Windwalker26 bets $190, cupofsalt calls $190
Turn: ($570) T<font color='black'>♠</font> (2 Players)
Windwalker26 bets $285, cupofsalt calls $285
River: ($1,140) 4<font color='black'>♣</font> (2 Players)
Windwalker26 bets $570, cupofsalt calls $570
Windwalker26 Showed 9<font color='black'>♠</font> J<font color='red'>♦</font>
cupofsalt Mucks J<font color='black'>♣</font> A<font color='black'>♣</font>
Windwalker26 wins $2,280 with two pair, Jacks and Nines
Those are some pretty hefty bet sizes to ignore, my man.
Villain donk-leads a pot sized bet, You might still be good.
Then Villain fires another 3/4 size bet, You better reconsider.
Then Villain fires 570 on the river. I would not think I was good here at all.
Just because you have top pair top kicker doesn't mean it's good. That was a pretty ideal flop for you. But every move your opponent makes will mean something. Whether it's donk-leading, check-calling, raising, bet sizing, snap-calling, all-ins, whatever the case my be. Every move means something!
You have to really train yourself to get away from these spots.
Remember this is why we like to play in position. You likely would've had your initial flop bet raised. Here you can minimize your losses because he's being very aggressive. You can tell he might be trying to protect a strong hand like trips or 2 pair against a flush or a straight. (If he had the draw he is much more likely to check-call)
Then he goes for a decent value bet on the river.