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Once again i ended up going all in with top pair knowing i was beat. I had 10 J Suited spades opponent was tight flop came 54 10 I had top pair. so i bet big half pot he called of course. I than figured he has 54 turn came 9 no help to me neither was the river which i was now all in even though i figured he must have 54 for two pair. I was close he had pocket 4 so he had a set and wasn't going to fold just take my chips. I knew he had me beat but kept betting untill all in why do i do this and how do i stop it. Driving me crazy any one have wisdom for me? thanks
What you describe is tilt. Its the subconscious part of your brain taking over. The cave man fighting the wild animal rather than the analytical part of your brain trying to make the right decision. A simple way to improve the chances for the analytical part of your brain to regain control is to slow down. Online poker is incredibly fast, and often that is fine, but when we act fast, we tend to act per instinct. So force yourself to use all the time available before making a decision in a difficult spot, and while you are waiting take some deep slow breathings. Then maybe - just maybe - you can convince yourself to hate life and check-fold, when you know deep inside, you are beat, and that your opponent is not going to fold.
I've fought this as well... the best thing for me (though still a learning process) has been to ask myself, do I really want to lose more at this point in the game? If the answer is NO, I've managed to fold more often. Try to remember that in this scenario, you KNOW you're beaten. You can feel it, see it, everything... so you are your own worst enemy in this case, and you have to fight the urge to press on, whatever is causing it, you need to recondition yourself.
Anyway, good luck in the future. I hope you're able to overcome this obstacle.
I rarely get into those situations because I really don't often play J10s (unless from late position first to act.)
I don't know how OP got into this hand but assume that If 54 is in opponents range then it must have been a BB check vs limpers because 54 has no business in a raised pot preflop (well under very rare circumstances it could be but we'll leave that here).
Why are you even in that hand with J10s ?
Top pair / medium kicker hands are hard to play correctly - thus hardly +EV.
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re: Poker & Once again i did it. Why can't I stop?
Well you already know your play was based on emotions. Some earlier posts in this thread have that covered along with some great advice...slow down. You knew you were beat when you were called on the flop yet you continued betting. The question you need to answer is which emotional response was it that took hold. A lot of what happened here had to do with the fact your decisions would lead to everyone seeing your hand at showdown. Did you want to prove that you large flop bet was a good play? Did you want to show you were a tough aggressive player? Or, what is also very likely, did you believe you were "due", that the game hadn't dealt you your fair share of luck?
As you can see answering your question is difficult because you are a very complex being with many moving parts