Laying Down a Big Hand… Not!

In a fairly short session of $0.50 – 1.00 NL last night, it seemed like all of my big hands ran into bigger hands.  Here is a sample of the carnage.

Could you lay down this hand?  Not me.  I flopped a set, have a short stack, and going all the way with it!  P1 is a huge fish, with VPIP 57 / PFR 11.  He had opened for $2 pre-flop, a minimum raise, and I had 3-bet to $6.  I was so excited to hit a set on the flop that I only bet $4 into $17, wanting to be sure not to let the fish get away.  (Rest of the story:  he has A-T.)

Big laydown 2














How about this one?  Not me.  Villain is the biggest fish at the table, VPIP 45 / PFR 30, and has made several large river bets, one of which I called and it turned out to be a bluff.  Others probably were bluffs as well.  He called my opening raise from the BB.  I’ve been waiting for a chance to pound this guy.  I actually shove the turn, an overbet that is more than the current pot.  (Rest of the story:  he snap calls with 4s 3s.)


Big laydown 3














Or this one?  Not me.  In this hand, P2 raised to $3 pre-flop, and P4 and I both called.  Normally I might fold here, as my hand could easily be dominated and I shouldn’t play these cards from out of position.  But I’m on tilt, of course, from a horrific session, and want to make up some lost ground.  At the moment, these cards look OK, besides it’s only two more dollars.

Ba-da-bing!  I flop two pair.  Time to make up some lost ground?  Or worry about P4 having exactly Q-J?  He is another fish, with VPIP 42 / PRF 0.  (Hint:  as it turns out, he does not have Q-J.)  When he raises on the turn, it looks more like a K-Q or K-J holding, and with his short stack I decide to put him all in.  (Rest of the story:  he as T-T.)

Big laydown 1














Year-to-date online results:  (- $365)

Month-to-date online results:  + $435




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