Here are two plays that both happened to me last night, in which I lost the 2 biggest pots of the night. The first one, I think I could have cut my losses because I might have played it poorly. The second one, I just pretty sure that I just had bad luck. Both hands happened against the same guy.Hand #1 - We are playing 1-2 NL and we are four handed I am in the big blind with Q
, it is called to me and we take a flop. The small blind a really solid tricky player only has about $16 left from his initial blind, and the undergun player has about 40 or 45 and I have about 75. The undergun player I play with all of the time and is the type that is very loose when he is up and very tight when he is down. The flop comes 6
. The small blind leads out with 8 and i smooth call, as does the guy under the gun. The turn is the beautiful 7
. The small blind bets 8 and he is all in. I think for a minutem trying to induce a call behind me and finally reluctantly call. The under the gun player raises. It is back on me, so i think for a couple of seconds and finally say all-in for two reasons. First, I did not think he had the nuts J9. At best I thought he had the 10 high straight like me, but since I had the club draw also, I figured I might be on a free roll the rest of the hand for half the pot and if a club comes i take it all down. Secondly, he is the type of player that would make this same move with a set or top two pair, no matter how scary the board is. If he has that I definatly dont want him to see the river cheaply. He thought for about 5-7 seconds and called. Because it took him so long I thought for sure I had half the pot in the bag. He turns over J9 and a lonely 4
comes on the river and lose a monster pot. By the way the small blind flopped top two pair. I guess I might have could have cold called the raise on the turn and see what the river brought. Might have played the hand too aggressively. Hand #2 - I am in the big blind and again, we are still four handed. I look down to see K
. The undergun player, the same guy from the hand before with J9, raises and makes it 8 to go. Everybody folds to me and I just call. The flop comes K
. I check he bets 8, and I call. The turn is a 4
. I check again because I know that he is going to bet it, and at this point in the hand I am sure that he has K9, K10, or KJ, all of those in which I have dominated. He will almost always raise no matter where he is with those hands. And if he has AK, he has AK. He bets 12 now, and I think and end up raising him about 30 more and I am all in. He thinks for about 30 seconds. Because he is taking soo long, I think he may have JJ or 10s or something like that because with any of those other hands it would be an insta-call. He finally calls and flips over K10 to my KQ. He can hit a 4 or 5 for a chop or a 10 to win it. And what do you know and 10 comes on the river. Anything that I could have done differently? By the way my link to my blog is very old. All critiques are welcome...