Originally Posted by tree88
that is what pissed me off mostly i guess is that alarm which goes off all the time in my cautious mind. was not even there or at least not till it was very late.as the beginner that i am i use that alarm to keep me in control or tight and tight has been working well for me.i do want to add some aggression to my play but that hand was ridiculous. i can look at it and learn from that play now but at the time i was upset that i had regressed so much all of a sudden. thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.you know what an ace on the board would have done. busted me in 1 hand.and i would have been sure mine was best ass im pushing in. imagin my surprise.lol
Well you probably did not just "regress all of a sudden" - this game is a lot like like golf. So many things to keep track of when all you want to do is whack that ball. Everything goes okay for a while and then one little thing gets missed or taken for granted and you are in the woods.
For now just try to remember - big hand, big pot - little hand, little pot. AJ TPTK is NOT a big hand. You do not want to stack off with something that weak - for now. I just had that hand. Sure I bet (he kept checking to my position) - but small and he kept calling. Like you I could not figure what he was calling with = so I kept it small. If he comes over the top then I start to get a clue. I even checked the turn to see if he might fire the river and he checked (no draws on the board). In this case he never did raise me and we went to show down and he had KK. I lost the hand, but I lost about as little as I could - because I knew, even though my hand had value - it was not big value. He was the one who misplayed his hand (not getting more from me) - not me.
If you think your hand is good and you get called - you must slow down and ask "what is he calling with??? Where is he going with this???" If you do not have answer and are confused = that is NOT the time to put more in money in the pot.