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AsTs in EP2 followup

  • Bobthegrey (North Las Vegas)

Eric

As you said in your original response to this hand , I do understand that in a normal course of events a hand like this in my position should not be played as a speculative hand. However, all six of the villains had been active all evening and were more than willing to call an opening bet as small as $10. So when I called I fully expected there would be at least two more if not more callers behind me. So I was quite sure that I would have a multi way pot. In addition they were all more likely than not to fold to any aggression post flop unless they had caught what they considered a "good" hand on the flop.

In addition as I said I had hardly played all evening, playing very few hands and winning the two that went to show down with excellent hands. I also said that if I did not get a decent flop I had a plan to fold at the drop of a hat. But as it turned out I did get a good flop. I sized my bets, at the half pot size, on purpose. The general rule is 1/2 to 2/3 of the pot. In this particular game a smaller bet was perceived to be coming from a stronger hand. It's just the way it was on this table this night.

Whenever I am not in a hand I am paying very close attention to what is going on at the table. This gives me a lot of good information that I like to use when I get the opportunity to actually play one. My normal bet sizing is closer to two thirds the pot but in this hand 1/2 pot pot seemed better. When the 10 came on the turn I was very happy because I knew that the two villains left in the pot with me would be very worried that I held an ace queen. Why, because I had bet out when V1 checked the flop. When V1 checked I was pretty certain that he was going to be done with the hand When I put in the $75 raise and that is how it turned out.

Now it is only V4 and me. He is the one I described this sticky but I also described him as thinking. I did not believe that he had a huge hand. I knew he did not have an ace queen, I also completely ruled out ace king and ace ace. The ace queen was ruled out because if he had it he would've raised the turn. If he had ace king or ace ace he would've re-raised pre-flop. This was the way he had been playing all evening. It's possible he could have had a set of eights or a set of jacks but if he did I would've expected him to be raising on the flop. I did not see him slow play a hand in any of the many he had showed down all evening. I hope I didn't sound cocky when I said that with the king I didn't think too much beat me. I was pretty sure that was a true statement. I also felt real comfortable with the range I had put him on.

As I have said before when posting hands back in other forums, the LearnWPT Facebook group and here. I am a big believer in learning everything I can from the players at the table with me. I do not believe I have ever made the mistake of seeing an action once and deciding that it is a good "tell" and acting on it. I do think that after I have been in the game players for 2 to 3 hours you can get good reliable reads on most of them.

I think I have a fairly good understanding of the rules we have and why we have them even if I do screw up and make mistakes like I did in that ace ace hand earlier.

I hope I have been able to explain better why I played the hand the way I did with this post.

The question is, did I make any horrific mistakes by playing it that way?

Bob

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