It’s a poker truism: with pocket Aces, you’ll either win a small pot or lose a large one. Here’s an example where I slow-play the darned things and get burned.
PokerStars Game #3111139271: Tournament #15385002, Hold'em No Limit Level III (25/50) - 2005/11/20 - 16:41:04 (ET) Table '15385002 2' Seat #4 is the button Seat 1: JoseRijo27 (1360 in chips) Seat 2: JoePa2 (815 in chips) Seat 3: CaCouter (3495 in chips) Seat 4: BoIpsen (1000 in chips) Seat 5: sem959 (2455 in chips) Seat 7: RideAK (1590 in chips) Seat 8: Seicor (4145 in chips) sem959: posts small blind 25 RideAK: posts big blind 50 *** HOLE CARDS *** Dealt to JoseRijo27 [A♦ A♥] Seicor: folds JoseRijo27: calls 50 JoePa2: folds CaCouter: folds BoIpsen: folds sem959: calls 25 RideAK: checks
It’s too early in the tournament to be satisfied with just the blinds. So I’m hoping to get some callers. Only the blinds enter my trap.
*** FLOP *** [Q♣ 9♦ 5♦] sem959: checks RideAK: checks JoseRijo27: bets 100 sem959: calls 100 RideAK: folds
Neither of these guys bets. So again, I throw down the maximum amount I think they’ll pay to see a card.
*** TURN *** [Q♣ 9♦ 5♦] [9♥] sem959: bets 100 JoseRijo27: raises 200 to 300 sem959: calls 200
Uh-oh. He can’t have a nine, right? He only bet $100.
*** RIVER *** [Q♣ 9♦ 5♦ 9♥] [8♣] sem959: bets 200 JoseRijo27: raises 600 to 800 sem959: calls 600 *** SHOW DOWN *** JoseRijo27: shows [A♦ A♥] (two pair, Aces and Nines) sem959: shows [6♦ 9♠] (three of a kind, Nines) sem959 collected 2550 from pot
That’s right. Three nines. Two hands later, I’m out of the tournament.
In hindsight, I got greedy and should’ve just called on the river. The $100 I could have made raising before the flop now seems like a downright windfall!
Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005
Dennis Begley wrote at 2005-11-23 18:29: