Friday, January 29, 2010

WBCOOP mis-step

After an hour, I have doubled up twice and have about $6500 in chips. There are SEVEN post-and-folds at my table now and the remaining player on my left is from Finland. He is not only stealing the blinds, but doing it to me. I am 2 to his left however, and when I realize he isnt going to share (or alternate), I start playing back HARD. I play it as a heads-up battle and we are fighting on every hand.

I call him all the way down with a pair of aces and now I have $8k and he has probably $12k. BIG stacks compared to the avg of just under $4k. But the battle rages on. Twice I call him down and take a pot. Then, I call his pre-flop with AK and an ace flops. (A85). The money goes in and he has 85 and I am out.

Where did it all go wrong?

I got into a competitive situation even though it was not time to do so.
With a way above avg stack, I stacked off with TPTK.

But most important of all, I repeated my most common mistake. I dont respect the 3 bet post-flop enough. Once I re-raise, I am mentally committed and RARELY then fold to the 3bet shove. This has been fatal to me and I have got to get it corrected.


BLAARGH! said...

I have the same problem - when it gets that aggressive, they always have to be bluffing, right?

Sucks that he got you with such a crappy hand. Would have been great if you had tagged him with A8.

Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Of course you need to respect every bet on every street, and a reraise on the flop at any time is probably safe to assume indicates strength in the vast majority of times it is used.

All that said, there's no way you're putting this guy on exactly 85 in this scenario, and you're pretty much probably getting in allin no matter what with AK on this flop given the blind-stealing nature of the table you are describing, and the fact that this is a freeroll.

Don said...

I do the same thing in the Stars 100K freerolls. I don't ever believe the bully has it and I stack off before the dead money is gone. Got to quit doing that.