Daily Debacle – Fold QQ vs. pre-flop shove?
To appreciate this post, please be sure to read my immediately prior post, about folding KK pre-flop in a live cash game. I also posted that hand on a Two+Two forum to get some feedback (good, bad and insulting) from the broader poker community.
Two days later, I’m playing $1 / 2 NL online and dealt QQ in the cutoff seat. We are 8-handed, and the UTG player opens with a raise to $7.
Everybody folds to me. I’ve been playing extra tight lately, part of which includes not 3-betting open raises from UTG with less than KK. I’ve run into UTG AA’s several times lately. So I flat call $7, leaving $155 behind.
The small blind also calls, and then the big blind re-raises to $32. So much for getting to see the flop cheaply! BB stats are VPIP=11 and PFR=2 over 183 hands. Super tight, so his raise suggests he has premium cards. He has $204 more behind.
UTG now quickly ships all his chips in, a total of $120 including his original bet.
If there is ever a clear-cut fold of QQ before the flop, this is it. I cheerfully fold, anticipating which player has AA and which one has KK, and pat myself on the shoulder for being a good thinking player.
The big blind calls and turns over KK. UTG shows AA.
The board runs out like this: 6s Qc 9s 3h 7h.
Had I called, my gain on this hand would have been $280-ish.
Later in the session, I lose a huge pot ($500+) when one villain hits a one-outer on the turn and another huge pot ($290) when a different villain and I both flop flushes, mine Q-high and his K-high.
Why do I have to cry myself to sleep every night?
Year-to-date online results: (- $1,107)
Month-to-date online results: (- $598)