I was recently playing in a (deep) 1/2 No-Limit Cash Game.
There were only 3 players.
Me with $340,
Player (X) to my left with $750,
and player (S) to my right with about $100.
It was a fairly loose game without much limping and I noticed that the big stack player was calling almost all of the pre-flop raises to $6.
My strategy was to push the short stack around while kind of avoiding the big stack unless something really lucrative came along...well sure enough it did.
Player X is on the button, S is in the small blind and I am big blind.
I'm looking down at the [2,3 of clubs.]
Player X raises to $6, player S calls and I decide to see a flop with my small suited connectors.
FLOP: A 4 5 (rainbow)-----GIN!!!! The stone cold Nuts
Player S checks
There is 18$ in the pot and I decide to bet instead of check the nuts, I lead out with $6.
Player X on the button re-raises me to $18, Player S folds and now action is back on me.
Now, faced with a re-raise here I have to put my opponnent on a pretty strong hand, possibly AK or AQ or maybe even two pair considering he is fairly loose at calling pre flop standard raises.
I weigh my options and instead of just calling his $18 raise I decide to Re-raise him again to $48
Turn Card is the 7 of diamonds making the board now... A 4 5 7
I am positive the 7 did not help him, a great safe card for me. I am first to act.
There was $115 in the pot, I bet $88 into it and player X calls again, this time rather quickly.
River: A making the board... A 4 5 7 A
A terrible River card for me...I was really hoping the board didn't pair since he might have a set.
I have $190 dollars left. There's $291 in the pot.
I decide to take some time of the clock and then Check. Figuring that if he did have a set and filled up he might value bet me instead of putting me all in and i could flat call saving me some money.
He immediately shoves All-in.
I really don't see how I can lay my hand down considering he could very well have trip Aces thinking it was good.
He shows A 4, two pair on the flop and full house on the river.
I lose the hand.
If anyone saw any flaws in the way I played the hand or just has any comments to make at all I would love to see them. Thanks.