Originally Posted by bdc100
Villain raised 5 BB UG; I called with [Ac 9s] UG+1.
...What is your reasoning for calling a 5x BB raise from UTG with a weak ace?
Flop [6d Th As], everyone else folded; villain went into the "tank", requesting TIME (he took the max time allowed ..a classic tell of a weak player with a strong hand);
...where did you get this from and how is it a classic tell? There could be a number of reasons for this player to use the max time allowed and it doesn't necessarily mean it's a tell, unless you this player had been prone to do something like this...which you didn't mention.
he finally bet 2/3 pot, I stupidly called.
...standard cbet on the flop. Why is this a stupid call? You called with a weak A and hit. What exactly were you hoping to hit the flop? 9 pair w/ A kicker? Did you think of possible hands villain could be betting here?
Turn [6d Th As 6h], he instantly bet 3/4 pot, I stupidly called.
...again, why is this a stupid call? Do you think the 6 really improved his hand at all? Again, did you put villain on a hand range?
On the river he shoved all-in and I called. Final board [6d Th As 6h 3h], he showed [Ad Jh] and I was done.
...at all during this hand, did you put your opponent on any possible hand range? They don't necessarily always to have an A there. In fact, their river shove was a bit ballsy with just an AJ on a possible flush, boat, or better 2 pair board (A10). I think your 'stupid call' comments are you being a bit result oriented because you stacked off with a weak ace and it's in hindsight of what the result was. Would you be saying the same thing if you had won the hand?
I made gross mistakes preflop and on every street. Had I been playing chess, I'm certain "defense" would have clicked into my mind at some point, and I wouldn't have been so reckless/stupid.
...I agree. Your mistake was calling preflop. You next mistake wasn't just calling your opponent down, but was doing so without any reasoning. Again, did you ever put your opponent on hand range? Was there any other actions you could've taken besides just calling down to win you the pot or possibly give you a better range of possible villain hands that would've saved you chips at the end. I think a raise on the turn would've been a good play.
This post isn't about being defensive. I think you're just trying to find an excuse for bad play that cost you your tournament. Just try and learn from it. Poker is about making as few mistakes as possible while forcing your opponents to make more.
Originally Posted by joe777
The villain tested your hand strength by betting 3/4 of pot on the turn,you should have fold on the river.
After calling the turn bet, the call on the river is fine because the 3 very unlikely helped the villain out. It would also depend on how much of the stack was already in the pot as well and how much was left behind, but I think the call is fine if they think their A is good up to that point, you're not really fearing a 3 on the river.
It was also very unlikely that the 6 helped out the villain, unless they raised with 66 PF and turned the quads, then the big turn bet doesn't make a lot of sense because it's giving the opponent a chance to fold a lot of draw hands like 78, 89, flush draws. However, for the OP, the turn was a perfect card raise on, and turn their flop call into a float to try and take it down.