This is not a bad beat thread... but it really should have been.
This hand happened a while ago at a live private tournament. I recently remembered about this hand when I posted the slowplaying thread. Since I had posted this somewhere else, I decided I needed to share how badly I play with the world.
I played this so badly that I deserved to be dragged out and shot. I'm going to post the whole story, as well as my comments about how I think I messed up. Further comments are welcome if you see a better play that I think I should have made. Believe me... every time the action is on me in this hand, you're going to be screaming at your monitor to have this donk dragged out and shot.
7 players left at my table (about 15 left in the tournament). The blinds are 200/400.
The average at the table is about t3,500. I've had a huge stack (I'll get into that in a moment) but recently lost about t3,000 against a loose player.
Donk_Hero: A - A
I am UTG. In the short time this tournament has been running, I have already had pocket Aces twice before and had someone shove into me both times (once before I acted and once after I raised). Both times before I had put the other two out of the tournament with them. The whole table it talking about how I'm getting Aces. So I decide to mix it up and limp with them.
It folds to the SB, a solid and observant player, comments, "You're in this pot? What... do you have aces again?" I point out that I just called this time. He tosses his hand anyway. And the BB checks.
Pre-flop comments: I think my biggest mistake pre-flop was limping with this hand. I had been doing a lot of raising up to this point and even though I had the cards to do it, someone could have been getting sick of it and decided to play back. I ended up getting very lucky to have just one player go to the flop with me... but I have no idea where he is at because he could have ATC in the BB. I also don't know if I should have responded to the SB's comment because I am almost certain that he folded because he picked up on the idea that I felt strong.
Flop: A 8 6 Pot: t1,000
Bingo! A set of Aces. The BB leads out for t800. I think for about 2 seconds (who am I kidding... I didn't think) and decide that this hand needs to be slow-played... despite the fact that I know the BB is the type of player capable of leading out with a flush draw against a player who limped pre-flop. I flat call.
Flop Comments: How badly could I have played this? Obviously the BB has something... or some draw... because he won't normally bet when he misses completely. Almost anything he has dictates that I should raise here... mainly because of what I know about him betting draws. If he has a pair and folds to my raise... oh well. If he has two pair, then the money is likely going in after I raise. And I can't let him draw for free. Since I only have t2,800 after calling and the pot is going to be close to that... I think a shove should have been made here. There is no raise that I can make this short and get away from.
Turn:A 8 6 5 Pot: t2,600
Disaster!!! A third heart. The BB checks to me... and suddenly I just "know" that he's trying to trap me :lol: and I check behind.
Turn Comments: I massively over-thought this. The BB isn't a strong player... and a check might mean exactly what it looks like it means. It could mean that he doesn't like the flush. But, I really have to bet here. Since I have no hearts in my hand, I can't give him a free draw if he has just one. But I guess I put him on the flush and decided to go with my original read... even though my original read had a range that included non-flush hands... but I am seeing monsters under the bed here.
River:A 8 6 5 9 Pot: t2,600
BB bets t1,200. Well, now there is 4 to a gutshot straight on the board... and 3 to a flush... and the BB makes what looks to be a flat out value bet. I min-raise to t2,400. Yes... I raise and leave myself t400 behind. I am mentally challenged, I swear. The BB thinks about it and calls.
Final pot: t7,400
River Comments: I don't know what drugs I was on... but they must have been good ones. I thought I was beat on the turn and the river is even more threatening as the BB could easily have a 7 in his hand. The BB makes what looks and feels like a value bet. If I really couldn't have laid down my hand... calling is at least the 2nd worst option. But minraising is #1 on the list of bad decisions. Even shoving is better because I left myself with only 1BB if he calls and I lose (and am in the BB next hand) and I have to call if he raises. I think, at this point, having played this hand so badly... that folding is the only real choice. A terrible and painful choice but the only proper punishment for playing so badly.
Warning: There are results below this line.
The BB turned over A 4 and nearly puked when he saw my set of Aces. I played this very very badly and got really lucky. I'm honestly sick about this play... even though I won. It seemed like I was TRYING to get my aces cracked or something. *sob*