I’ve got a beauty for you this week – if “beauty” means “unbelievably terrible play”.
But it gave me a laugh at the time and maybe you’ll get one out of it too.
Playing a $33 “Double or Nothing” sit n go I min raised my pretty Q-Js and the big blind defended. This disn’t give me much of a clue as to what he had because I’d only min raised him and he was getting over 3-1 to see a flop. He could have anything.
So I waited for his move being as he was first to act. And he just walloped all in for 1500 odd into a 180 chip pot! I don’t think I’m being too outrageous when I suggest this is not the sort of flop you push all in with, whatever hand you’ve got (and wait to see what he did have).
I’d never seen this player before so I didn’t know what sort of moves he was capable of. But the enormity of the weirdness of this all in just compelled me to call despite not having a hand yet. There are lots of reasons for folding – as mentioned I don’t have a hand yet – but I just have to know. If he flopped a set then I’ll know for future reference that this is his style (and I might still beat him). Possibly he has a flush draw, but so do I, so that’s slightly less likely. If he has an ace or two pair I’ll hopefully catch him up with this draw (9 cards to the flush and 4 to the straight). But most of all this is such a weird bet! If he did have a monster he’d bet less or check. I have to know, it’s $33 if I lose and that’s a price I’m happy to pay. So this is what he had.
Yes Q-5o! Told you it was a weird move. I started laughing because I noticed I was already ahead – a little bonus I had not been expecting. ”I had him locked up with that queen. He had a 7% chance and needed a five which wasn’t a spade.”
The laugh didn’t last long however because as you can see he managed to hit his offsuit five. I didn’t mind losing because I’d made what turned out to be a good play and if it encourages his crackpot plays then that’s a good thing. By about an hour after the fact I wasn’t laughing though. Losing one or two hands like this is OK, but this was a prelude to a litany of bad beats.
I haven’t been playing a great deal in the past few months so I hadn’t got annoyed playing poker in quite a while. But this funny little bad beat kicked off the “descent to madness” which can happen all so quickly in online poker.
I went on to lose a few races and got AK chinned by AJ/AQ once or twice – all the normal sorts of things which do happen when you multi table. But then I made a huge error: calling an all in with AK when I had a massive stack but my opponent had me covered. If you’re surprised I think this is a bad call, read this and you’ll see why.
I made that error because I was on tilt. I instinctively knew I should fold but called because it was a) “my turn” to win, b) that opponent had put a bad beat on me and c) I didn’t much like him and I was after revenge. He had a puny pair of pocket 2s but of course they held up.
And then I completely lost it. Raging! This hasn’t happened to me for months. And it showed in my play: making calling station type moves instead of folding or raising, not caring if I won or lost and sarcastically saying “well played” to people who probably didn’t realise it’s sarcasm and definitely wouldn’t have cared if they did.
It’s been ages since I raised my voice at the screen in anger while playing poker. But at least I know why. It was nothing to do with the Q-5 hand, which I actually found quite funny. No – my propensity to lose it stems from making my own mistakes.
So stop making mistakes!
It’s such an easy thing to say. If I was 5 buy ins to the good I’d have folded that AK like a piece of cake. It’s just a bit harder to do these things when you’re losing.
I worked something else out too. The likelihood of properly losing it depends on who my opponent is. I called with that AKs because I “owed” him one. It was my turn to win, revenge etc. Silly silly silly.
You might know what I mean though. When you play a heavy volume you run into the same people and get to know their little foibles. This is good in some ways – but bad in others – because familiarity breeds contempt and contempt leads to a rivalry which can get a bit too serious sometimes. I put my regular opponents into two main categories. You’ve got your “honest” reg who will always make the right play and never really get out of line. I don’t so much mind losing to these guys. But then there’s the horrible slimy git of a reg whose only function on this earth is to try and ruin your life. They call you down light – and get there, they always get there, they shove every small blind at you when they’ve got your big blind covered, and in some cases even let your opponents off the hook and cost you the game. Their very presence at the table when the game begins lights a vengeful fire in your soul.
(By the way I’m talking about Double or Nothing sit n gos here and if you’ve ever played them you’ll know exactly what I mean. For some reason French players used to be the worst offenders for this behaviour and I was delighted when most of them left the network following regulatory changes in France a few years back. Au revoir mes amis.)
This reminds me. Months ago I promised to review “The Mental Game of Poker” by Jared Tendler and this I have not done. Well, it’s not much of a fun read – he actually expects you to …horror do work and shit. And I just wanted an easy read and a magic wand waved. But the tilt monster has reared his ugly head again. It seems he only went away because I wasn’t playing any proper volume.
Think I might get round to reading the Mental Game over Christmas after all.