The fine line between aggression and stupidity.

I was just reviewing my hands from Sunday and found this gem of superstar play in which I may have goofed up every street.

PokerStars 10/20 Hold’em (8 handed)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with :8h, :9h.
Hero calls, 1 fold, MP1 calls, MP2 raises, 1 fold, Button 3-bets, 2 folds, Hero calls, MP1 calls, MP2 calls.

This was a bit silly. CO posted, so I hoped that by limping, I would encourage a bg family pot. That didn’t turn out so well. MP2 is something of a donkey, so their raise didn’t scare me, but Button is fairly sane, so I probably should have folded, but I figured I could flop big and get paid a ton.

Flop: (13.50 SB) :4d, :9c, :Qc (4 players)
Hero checks, MP1 checks, MP2 checks, Button bets, Hero raises, MP1 calls, MP2 calls, Button folds.

This might be the least terrible street. Button might wall have AK or some random crap, so I decided my pair could be good and decided to take a chance at folding some people out and protecting an out or two. The fact is that this was fairly optimistic and few if any overcards are folding and probably not even pairs. I might have to reevaluate Button. He 3-bets preflop and folds getting 20:1 and closing the action on the flop. WTF?

Turn: (10.25 BB) :6h (3 players)
Hero bets, MP1 calls, MP2 calls.

You might think that two callers would tell me that I was almost surely drawing thin, but I convinced myself that one of them had the flush draw and the other had overcards. Maybe the button folded 66. heh.

River: (13.25 BB) :8d (3 players)
Hero bets, MP1 calls, MP2 calls.

There is some line about God looking out for small children and fools. I must have qualified on the fool score, because I’m probably winning now.

Final Pot: 16.25 BB
Results in white below:
Hero has 8h 9h (two pair, nines and eights).
MP1 has Js Qh (one pair, queens)
MP2 has Td Tc (one pair, tens).
Outcome: Hero wins 16.25 BB.

I felt a little bad, but I got over it.  Today was a short session, but I booked another few hundred in profit.  I was down in 15/30, but had some good hands hold up later at 30/60 and ended with a decent day.  4,250 VPPs means I’m comfortably on pace for March.

By Nsidestrate

I'm a hard-core limit ring game poker player who is becoming a degenerate sports bettor. I'm sure it will all make more sense if you read on.