Out. Ugh. The adrenaline definitely disappeared, and I slept like a baby. You don't realize how worn out you are, but I was mentally tired from the last few weeks, so that fit the bill.
Pretty sad, yes, but not the end of the world. It's one thing to go out on some huge pot. But to just melt away and then get wacked on the last hand like that. Definitely makes you feel so helpless.
While I basically was completely card dead the last 8 hours or so I know I learned a lot from this experience, much more than the other two Main Events that I played. I'll write up a report later but one of my winning hands I misplayed. Likely cost me 5-10K in chips but we'll never know. Maybe didn't cost me any. The point is to learn from your mistakes.
Here is the hand. It is Level 2, 100-200. I am in Seat 1. Seat 5 is the BB. Seat 7, a loose decent player but not particularly stubborn (and who amazingly was at my initial table in the 2010 Main Event) raises to 525. I call with
. It folds to the BB who I played against in the STTs once. We chopped. He's a big bet type player, good but not thinking at a high level. He probably views me as a typical old guy, decent on the weak-tight side. We certainly mixed it up shorthanded in the Satellite so he knows I adapt. He raises to 1600. He's got like 27K and I've got like 31K. Seat 7 instamucks. Seat 1's bet size is small. Why? Well he might have a monster like AA or KK, or he might be squeezing because he knows the first guy is loose especially in early position, and it's like a normal 3-bet against me. I'm leaning to the former. If the former I have a chance to win a huge pot if I hit something. OK, he's giving me good odds to call, so I take them.
Now Seat 5 checks. Hmmm. I decide to bet. My thoughts were, he likely has AK or some bad hand. I can't see him checking with KK or QQ. If he has AA or JJ he might check. JJ is super remote. I don't think he'll put me on JTs, that's not a likely call from an old guy the first time around, much less the second time preflop. I bet 2300 into 3800 or so and he calls. Call? He calls? Hmmm. Looks like he has Aces. AcKc? Or some nut flush draw?
What a fantastic card. There is 8400 in the pot. Now what to do? He should be very worried if I bet again, so what's the point in betting? He likely has an overpair and he will know I don't have a full house if I check now...so just check behind and get a bet on the river. I figure him only for two outs. I mean, really, if he has a nut flush draw would he check the flop? No way. I check behind.
Good, a blank. Now he plops a 5K chip into the pot saying "4300." OK back to me. "I call."
I win the pot....why am I not happy? Well, the last thing to do is to try to analyze a past hand when you've got to play on. I've got enough to worry about. But I had all of Monday to go over Day 1, and this hand was bothering me.
Fire away, but here's my thoughts now. Pretty bad.
Prelop is good. If you start folding these then quit playing. You've got to mix it up when deep. What is the small reraise? If he reraises to like 2600 then I let it go. He's trying to suck me in, so I gladly take the bait in position. People get stacked with AA all the time by attempting to get the opponents to play cheaply. See my hand in the Caesar's Palace Seniors where my 54s>AA when he slowplayed deep and I busted him.
Flop: Debatable put poor I think. Why bet here? There's some reason to...TID right now. But I have 5 outs to a real good hand if I check, and I also have a backdoor straight. There is a reason to bet, and that is to build a pot if you improve on the turn.............
Turn: what a great card! And now I really blew it by checking. Perfect time to bet. I forgot to think about what he thought that I might have in the hand. I mean I knew he wouldn't put me on JT. I'm much more likely to be calling pre with a pair and set mining. So the J9x flop is right in my QQ-88 wheelhouse and he's checking because he's keeping the pot under control and using his AA as a bluff catcher.
So bet the turn, Chris! Bet like 4300. If he's got AA he's scared, but he won't fold. He's never going to think the J helped me. So bet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And then bet 5000-15000 on the river. Put him to the test! With two clubs and a straight possibility on the flop that didn't come in...he will have a tough time folding. I think a bet to leave him with like 25-30BBs would be good.
Now given the way I played it...how about a raise on the river? Absolutely. I mean he doesn't have me beat since I underrepped my hand on the turn and I might be bluffing. Maybe he'll fold and maybe he won't. Don't just call thinking he won't put any more money in the pot.
Sigh. He might have folded the river anyway. But that's not the point as we all know. But at least I'm vetting the hands. Very poorly played hand. But I learned from it. Now you guys can chime in on it and maybe I'll learn another thing or two.
Hey thanks again everyone for all the support. It means and meant a lot.
There are 2 or 3 other debatable hands. We'll discuss those later.
Poker taught me how to be self critical and how to use to that to improve...also taught me how to dust myself off and go again. The past is the past. Learn your lessons and move right on. --Paulif