Does anyone else in here have a nemesis hand that they just hate going against? I ask because in 4 different tournaments I have been either knocked out or crippled by someone having pocket 10's against me. Last night I was playing a STT (full table) at a local backroom card room and I was playing great. Set up some good bluffs, betting preflop with good hands, then making some good continuation bets taking into account the pot odds I was giving, etc... I once had a nut flush against a lower flush and set him up perfectly to get a call all the way down to the river, I really think I maximized the value of that because if I had gone all in then I think he would have folded, instead he called all the way. Then this hand came....5 people remained, I was UTG and was in 3rd place in chips, with AQo I limped in for 150 (bb), I had been raising a few pots lately so I decided to just limp here and see what the flop brought. The guy on the button raised to 600 everyone folded around to me and I called. The flop brought 7 A 4 rainbow which was a good flop for me so I decided to check-raise so I check and the Button goes all in for 1400. I put him on a middle-high pair, probably jacks so I call. He turns over POCKET 10's and I show my AQ so I get what I wanted which was for him to put his chips in with the worse hand. Turn was a blank and the river....10. CRAP!!!
The guy apologized for beating me that way, I said no biggie, that is why they put 5 cards out there and they all count. C'est la vie'! I think the only other thing I could have done to avoid this was to bet when the flop came, but I was trying to get more of his money into the pot. Other tournaments that I have been beaten by pocket 10's, I have played differently either betting or raising or whatever, but it doesn't seem to matter 10's are just my nemesis. I guess my question is do any of you have a nemesis hand that haunts you like this???