Remember that picture of College Boy flipping two aces yesterday? Well there's a story behind the cool photo and if you want to read about it, well clicky right HERE.
My Silent Advisor, EVPJM left this comment on a post:
Couple of days Late but I think you touched on another Theme for your Blog on a day when your looking to come up with something. Why do we always feel uneasy when we have a high pocket pair? You felt doom in your Belly? Why is that? Is it because we are forced to play a hand like that and we have all seen AA cracked so many times? They say AA is the best starting hand but I think most people would say their not so sure.
This comment is in reference to the Poker By The Rail tourney I played in on Monday. I had pocket aces. One guy raises, another reraises, I shove all in and get called by the re-raiser who had K-K. Yes he caught a king and I was out. So why the achy feeling in the belly when I was way ahead?
Well prior to that hand I had 3 bad beats in a row and it seems to me when things are going bad in poker, it's like a ball rolling down hill, it just keeps going and going. Besides pocket Aces have hurt me ALOT in the BBT5.
I min raised Lightning and lost with them. Flop was nice and low so I shoved all in and just because he flopped trips he decided to call (donk). The problem with not betting pocket aces hard is if you don't, it's hard to put your opponent on a hand. You're letting him see a flop on the cheap and you just don't know if he has connected with that low flop.
So I've lost with aces when I min raised and I lost with aces when shoving all in preflop. Hell, right after that Poker By the Rail loss I played a (90) person $6 game, and lost with............pocket aces. I bet them really hard too and got only one caller. Two tourneys IN A ROW ended with AA.
I've never had a problem with them consistently not holding up till now. My usual MO when I have them is to bet (5) times the big blind, depending on my position. If' I'm in late position I may just triple to see if I get a re-raise. Risky I know, but it USED TO pay off.
And yeah, I know if you have them in first or second position you're supposed to limp. But I just do not like to give away a flop on the cheap so I'll still triple it. Did that tonight in early position with AA and it held up. Know why? No takers! I won the blinds.
I think the bottom line is, as pretty as they are, they are just a pair. And when you start betting like they're more than that you get burned. I'll seriously think twice before I go all in with them again. That has not been a profitable move. Do I normally shove all in with one pair? NO.
Those are my thoughts on that one particular hand, A-A. The odds of getting it is like over 1 in 200 or something.
And as far as feeling the doom in my belly right before my A-A got cracked by K-K, haven't you guys felt that before? Either live or online? You're way ahead yet you have a gut feeling you're going to get crushed and you do. Happens to me all the time. I suppose the key here is to listen to the gut a little more often instead of the brain.
It's Hump Day, my brothas! And seeing as I still have Fridays off, the week is practically over!
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