My biggest leak (dry board): I can't get away from top-pair or overpair
Stupid question I know: does anyone have any kind of "mind trick" to help me with this?
Top-pair gives me the most trouble of any hand when facing big playback (I'm usually facing a bigger kicker, over-pair, or set).
But I'm careful with my kickers ..I don't play A7o-, K8o- Q8o-, for example.
On a wet board
I can get away from TP or OP to obvious straights or flushes; and get away from a straight or low flush if the board has three of a suit (have you ever noticed that villain "always" has the flush?).
But on a dry board
I just can't get away from a great one-pair. I think to myself: "wow, I have TP or OP ..it's so unlikely
villain has a better kicker, OP, or set".
If only I could do a real-time combo analysis (#combos I win vs. #combos I lose, and compare those odds to my pot-odds).
TPTK or OP win SO frequently that they're difficult/impossible to give up even when facing big pressure:
1. Do I tighten-up when facing big pressure and continue only if both
hole-cards are Broadways?
2. Do I just default-fold any pair to big pressure? (big bets or calls of 3/4 - 1 x pot almost always
represent a set or OP or, less frequently, two-pair).