Beginner Books & Bad Beats Advice Pls...
I am a relative newbie to the wonderful game of holdem, playing all my games online. I am using 2c/4c cash tables and some freeroll tournaments to build my experience and have set myself some modest targets for gradual improvement.
I have also bought some books which I have dipped in and out of in the past few months including Texas
Holdem for Dummies, Mammoth book of Poker by Paul Mendelson, and How to Win on Internet poker (can't remember the author). If anybody has any suggestions on other good beginner books I am open to suggestions to put on my list to Father Christmas!!
What prompted me to post on here today was what I consider to have been 3 bad beats I suffered last night which coast me $6. I know that's not the end of the world, but that's quite a lot to lose in 2 hours on 9-handed 2c/4c tables.
My starting hands were QQ, AA and KK in that order, so I will replay them here:
I was on the button, there were 2 limpers to me and I raised to 3BB; the blinds folded, as did one of the callers so I was left heads up with the player to my left. The flop was rainbow J,4,5; my opponent checked, I raised half the pot, he called. The turn was the 8 of clubs; he checked, I bet three quarters of the pot and he called again. The river was the 7 hearts (giving a straight to anything with a 6 in the hole). He then bet out with a pot-sized $1.70 raise; I ended up folding so will never know what he held.
I realise the community was very unfortunate for me and that he could have been bluffing but was there anything more I should have done to protect my Queens??
I was 5th to play in an 8 handed round (is that middle or late?). The table folded to the guy to my left who made a 2BB raise. I re-raised to 4BB, everyone else folded and my opponent called. Flop was rainbow Q,J,8. He bet half, I raised double, he raised again so I raised again. Then went all-in with $3 and I called. He showed QJ (trips on the J). The community cards fell Q3 and he raked it in...
I was in the small blind; there was a caller, then a raiser of 2BB. I raised 4BB, the big blind folded and both my opponents called. The flop fell 9h,10c,5h. I bet out three quarters of the pot, one opponent folded and the other called. The turn was 3h; I bet the pot, my opponent raised all in, I called. He showed hole cards 10h,10d, giving him trips and a flush draw. The river was the 4d so he raked the pot with the trips.
In this hand, I was anticipating the flush draw but not the trips; should I have done?
Thanks for reading and if anyone has any feedback on how I played it would be appreciated. Personally I feel that I was mostly unlucky but I am braced for criticism!
Thanks all, hope to hear from some of you soon.