In my last post I ragged on and on about the way some of the poker players on Absolute Poker took extreme risks with bad hands in the hopes of winning a piece of the “bad beat” jackpot. In my last three sessions on AP I came away with less than what I started with. Even though I played mostly like a NIT, a tight passive player trying to avoid confrontations without having the best hand, I suffered some loses as the result of some players catching their miracle card at the river.
For a change of pace, the next day I decided to play at Doyles Room. While the pace there is usually quick, you can do well if you are a TAG type player, “tight and aggressive” or even a nitty type. I like to observe before jumping into the fray so I was able to join the table and wait for the big blind prior to playing a hand.
I saw at least six hands played out and noticed that the player to my left seemed bent on self-destruction. She had over $20 in her stack which went up to $24 and down to $8 before I had even played a hand. This was one player to watch out for as she would play any Ace and tried to raise people out of pots.
During the course of an hour of play I was able to increase my stack by 70% and avoided confrontations from the wild player on my left … except on the hand that I was dealt pocket Kings. This time I not only called her raise, I re-raised her pre-flop as well.
But there was a slight problem. There was another player that was just calling these raises, meaning that there were three of us playing in this hand. The flop came out 3 Q 4 unsuited so I did not have to worry about flush draws. By this time the player on my left was all-in, leaving just the remaining player and myself with chips. He would bet and I would call. This happened for the flop, turn and river.
I was concerned, but there was already too much in the pot to give up on my pair of Kings. At the end of the hand, I turned over my Kings, the wild player turned over an Ace Two unsuited, as I suspected. But the third player in the hand turned over a pair of Queens giving him the best hand, three Queens, and a good size pot containing about $14. While pocket Kings were good at the start, I failed to consider what hands might be beating me before deciding to call, raise or fold. This episode cost me about half of my chips, leaving me with less then half of what I had started with.
After that hand, I only caught two playable hands and won some chips, bringing me back up to within 50% of my starting amount. One of the final hands I played before ending my play at Dyles, involved getting an Ace King unsuited in middle position. I raised the pot and got only one caller, the rest having folded to my raise. The flop was 2 4 9 unsuited. No help for me but probably no help for the other player who called a pre-flop raise to stay in the hand. After the flop, I raised and he called. The turn card was a seven. I put the other player as having a face card or perhaps a Jack Ten so this was probably no help as well. I bet and he called. The river card was a three. No help for me but probably no help for the other player as well. I bet out and he called. I was right, not one of the community cards in the middle helped his hand. He already had a pair of pocket Tens and the best hand. I should have just checked down the hand and folded if he raised, instead I donked off some of my chips in the hopes that a bare AK would take down the pot.
Do you ever have days where you are the hero and then have days where you are the “donk”? Don’t you hate when that happens?