I played (or misplayed, depending on how you see things) pocket aces from early position last night and let me tell you my tale of woe with pocket rockets.
I'm still a beginner, so I play very basic ABC poker and, I have to confess, make a lot of mistakes. The more advanced players here will probably wince when they read this.
This is at a full table for micro stakes. The game is no-limit hold 'em. I'm the big blind, so I'm last to act before the flop but I will be leading out for the rest of the hand. I put in my blind and am dealt As Ah.
The first two actors drop but the third actor raises the pot to 4 1/2 bets. Two more people drop out, but the next player, who's on the button, calls. The small blind drops.
I raise 5 1/2 times the big blind. Pot is now 12 times the blind. The first actor and the button both call me.
The flop comes 8s Kd 6s. I read spade flush draw, but I'm discounting the possibility of trips, especially trip kings. I bet the pot to try and push out anyone on flush draw. The first actor drops, but the button just calls.
The turn comes, 6d. Two pair for me, but I'm looking at trips, two flush draws, or even quads. I'm still focused on the flush draw, though, and bet the pot again.
I committed another error here, as well. I bet so much of my stack that I only had a nickel left for the river. My opponent calls.
The river comes, and it's 8c. Two pairs on the board. I toss my nickel in and am called. He's got 8h 4h, giving him a full boat, eights over sixes.
Summary: A good starting hand, badly played post-flop. I was so focused on the flush draw I didn't think about the possibility of trips, a full boat, or quads. I also crippled myself by going over the top at the turn, leaving myself with no leverage at the river if he'd whiffed his hand.
I think I played correctly until the flop, when I focused in on the flush draw to the exclusion of the trips. I definitely screwed up on the turn, completely missing the possibility of quads or a full boat.