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My best bad beat story

By: Krapat @ 08:21 (EDT) / 357 / Comment ( 1 )

Anyone who plays micro stakes poker knows how loose players can be. They might call large raises preflop with weak holdings. They might call big bets postflop with weak draws. They might even call a pot-size bet on every street with second pair. And it's not uncommon to see one of these players moving all-in with AJo during the first level of a US$ 3.50 sit 'n go. You know what I'm talking about, right?

A hand I played recently just shows this tendency in its utmost extremest (sic) possibility. Although I've been playing in these stakes for years, I never cease to be impressed by the courage my opponents show when calling my bets with a (much) worse hand.

I played this hand in a nine-handed knockout sit 'n go last week. We were in the very first level of blinds and there were eight players left in the tournament. Most of the stacks were pretty close to average and every player at the table had more than 50 big blinds. A villain made a pot-sized raise in early position and got called in two spots. I looked down at AJo in the small blind. Surely I could be dominated, but getting 4-to-1 on a call isn't terribly bad. With that many players in the pot, I was going to throw my hand away most of the time and only keep playing if I hit the flop hard.

And that's exactly what happened. The flop came A J 6 with two clubs. I was pretty sure somebody would bet, so I decided to go for the check-raise. It was checked down to the second-to-last player to act, who bet a little over half of the pot. I made a sizeable raise and the initial preflop raiser called it cold. All other players folded. 

At this point, I was wondering what he could have. It was very unlikely he had a set, because then he could just have moved all-in after my raise and charged people from drawing to a flush. A pair of aces was also possible, but he could have bet the flop himself. Finally, he could have a draw and was playing it passively. I was a clear favorite in pretty much every scenario.

Unfortunately, I didn't considered one important possibility: Misclicking. In hindsight, that's the best explanation I found for the way my opponent played his hand. After all, the "fold" button is so close to the "call" button...

The turn was an innocent-looking eight. I moved all-in and got called. The rest... Well... The rest is history!



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