OMG! Was I ever really that bad?
I came across a hand this morning while reviewing some scenarios in Poker Tracker and I was shocked at how badly I played the hand. So shocked that I'm convinced it has to be a mistake. It's from 2005, very early on in my poker career, but still, it's hard for me to imagine that I could have ever been this pathetic. Maybe my wife was playing on my account, that happened alot, or maybe I was drunk, but I've never been that drunk. But there's another possibility, maybe the way I played the hand made perfect sense to me based on where I was in terms of skill and experience at that time in my poker career. Scary to think about but that's most likely the case. It's hard for me to imagine that I ever went through the "oh, look at the pretty suited cards" phase but I guess I did. Here's the hand.
Full Tilt - $0.10 NL - Holdem - 4 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 3
Hero (SB): $5.75
posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10, UTG posts DB $0.10
Pre Flop: ($0.25) Hero
UTG checks, BTN
calls $0.10, Hero
calls $0.05, BB checks
Flop: ($0.40, 4 players)
Hero bets $0.10
, BTN raises to $0.70
Turn: ($1.80, 2 players)
Hero bets $0.10
, BTN raises to $0.20
River: ($2.20, 2 players)
checks, BTN bets $1.50 and is all-in
(One Pair, Aces) (Pre 61%, Flop 93%, Turn 80%)
(High Card, Ace) (Pre 39%, Flop 7%, Turn 20%)
I come across opponents all the time who do things at the table that I struggle to understand. I'm always polite to them but in my mind I'm calling them Donks, and Fish and Morons. It's easy to forget that I was ever at that level. Beginners are often dismissed as having no talent or aptitude for the game and it's easy for the beginning players themselves to accept this as true, especially when they hear it from someone who seems like they've been around the block.
Advanced poker concepts do not come naturally but rather require a lot of time and effort to master, years in fact. Few of us remember a time when we could not read, but we all understand that there was a time when that was the case. The same level of patience needs to be extended to the beginning player as is given children learning their ABC's. Next time you shake your head in wonder at a player who donks off half his stack chasing a back door flush draw and then calls the river even after he bricks remember, we all have hands in our databases we'd rather forget. Okay, maybe not that bad