Error? You think calling was an error? How so? And if calling was the error that means you think I should either have reraised or folded.
Maybe I used the the word error in a wrong way (I'm dutch so english is not my first language). with error I mean that you we're absolutly sure your AK with the K as pair was the best card and like the options you already mentioned, there where alot of other options that could beat you.
Heads up on the turn, with him betting first is the point where you really had to show you're still the strongest!
Reraising when is like throwing money away possibly, it isn't the right move here. Sometimes playing cautious and controlled is the right play, and calling is the right play here. Not reraising.
You showed aggression from the start. And now Head's up, your going weak. He called and checked before because there are two more players in it. AA isn't that strong and overrated alot of times. so he played cautious first.
By playing your hand cautious at the turn, it cost you $24 more then folding after his turn bet or reraising to let's say $20 on the turn.
Reraising that "much" could imply a set (trips K, 2, 7,) on your part.
I really think he would fold there coz he might feel his AA is beat.
IF he would call. it still would save you $4 if you fold the river.
The rule of thumb is here: If he bets on the turn, what is it gonna cost me at the river?
And speaking of being weak, folding (the other option that you think is right I guess), is definitely not the right play. You can't fold to that bet there at that point in the hand.
Why not? Turncard isn't called turncard because it sounds nice. Turn card is the point where you decide to go on, or drop out.
Many people think the flop are the most important cards on the board.
And now heads up on the turn, first to act, he could try to see how good his AA is and how strong you stand.
And what is wrong with folding? there's no shame there right? in fact, it would save you money sometimes.
I still think poker is not a card game, but more a mind game.
Don't play the cards, play the people. The minds are making the decisions, not the cards. The cards just aid in making the desicions.
So, back to the question, how would you justify me calling as an error??
the call made you weak and he took the lead away. You're telling: "I'm not sure anymore I got the best hand. I need another card to tell me where i'm at".
Also, I think people are really, really not understanding situational plays and that sometimes, even when you lose the pot you didn't make a horrible play or an error--like you think.
He played his position from the turn up right out of the Poker handbooks.
- Head's Up.
- First to act (early position)
- pocket Aces
- Opening bet
I agree the whole situation is very questionable.
But every hand is another situation.
And in this situation, you already thought you won the pot.
If seen this hand once in a High stakes poker broadcast with Doyle Brunson having the AA acting exactly the same as this guy played it.
although the amounts where a bit bigger
and maybe now after we all chewed and grinded out the hand(/play), yes maybe you had made other desicions, but in that hand, those 2 minutes, you acted as you thought was right.
And as much as some players really do some strange things (and I don't mean this hand but in general), if they think that's the way to play it, than that's the way they play it. there is no wrong or right play, there is just the way you handle the plays. Just have to figure out how to coop with that and make your advantage.