Two Worst Plays Last Night
First off I have a nice feature I worked on this morning.. I asked people "Why is sucking out so much fun?". I mean seriously. If you play cash for any length of time and play it solidly it becomes somewhat methodical and boring. Winning is boring somewhat. Sure having a nice bankroll is cool. Yet boring. Having that one card you need fall on the river now that is exciting. Here are some other answers from bloggers around the world.
"coz payback's a bitch"
"it is fun.. you don't have to think.."
"always has been"
"ha, because it's money your weren't supposed to get like finding $10 on the street"
"Is that a rhetorical question? For me it depends. But at least it's a relief."
There is an honest good feeling about playing well but you can not beat sucking out for the rush.
It might surprise you to know that I do not consider my hand against Bayne to be one of the worst two of the night. It was just a hand where I tried to push him off with a draw and outs (8 outs if you use the approved method but really 6 at the time) and he can not fold TP. Easy. lol.
Here are the two I most regretted.
1. I have TJd on a 89x 2 diamond flop. Sucker bets out .50 and I re-raise to $2 getting us heads up. The turn is a diamond. He leads out for five. This guy never bets and I am convinced I am up against a bigger flush. He leads out for another $5 on the river... and he has Q7 diamonds for the Q-high flush. I lost the minimum on the hand probably.. but I had a READ and it was a fucking good read and yet I did not act on it. Big hole for me. My feelings (not the ones where I think my OESD is gonna hit) and instincts are damn good sometimes and I have to be more willing to let hands go and never know for a fact I was right. It costs to much to see you were right.
2. I saw KOD make a value bet on the river and should have called him with 5th pair. I knew he was just betting with air.. I did make a few decent calls against him when I felt he was pushing his straight draws just because he was bored (or maybe he plays that way all the time? I actually have a ton of respect for the guy and think he probably does not play cash that way).. So why not call the river bet?
Having good instincts is so important.. if you have them you also need to go with them. Sometimes you will look like a stupid calling station donk when you are wrong.. or you will fold the winning hand.. but more often than not it is what makes a good player and is why it is hard to teach people to play poker.
Anyway.. those were my only regrets.. I probably will be around playing cash tonight.. so Bayne will have a chance to win back his cash. Good luck.