Please read the Astin hand again. If you have to, imagine the tight table and sit down with some chips (like only $1000).
Now, listen carefully. The mistakes are on the turn and the river, not the pre-flop and flop. Did you hear that everyone?!
"so columbo, your defending the min-raise and the check".
YES. YES I AM.
1. What is the PURPOSE of the RAISE?
2. Do I want ZERO callers with AA? (are you kidding me?)
3. Does it really look like I am behind on the flop?
4. What level are we in?
I played the turn and river poorly. Ok, that is an understatement. A big one. That river call is unconscionable. hee-freakin-haw there.