Butchered QQ – Misplay Of The Day

I’m better than this, and I know I’m playing so bad as I make the move, but I just can’t stop it. We all make mistakes, but this hand was entirely avoidable, here goes…

Villain in this hand is 20/8/1.91 over 400 hands

Poker Stars, $0.50/$1 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 9 Players
LegoPoker Hand History Converter

UTG+1: $23.75
UTG+2: $101.50
MP1: $38.35
MP2: $124.70
CO: $102.60
Hero (BTN): $100.90
SB: $124.10
BB: $119.05
UTG: $97.75

Pre-Flop: Q Q dealt to Hero (BTN)
UTG raises to $4, 5 folds, Hero calls $4, 2 folds

UTG raise usually means a fair bit of stength, this villain raises 8% overall, so if we assume he is a little tighter in EP, he is raising about 6% in the UTG at most. Therefore, I can probably narrow is range to at most AA-88, AK-AJs. Only two hands have me beat at this point, the button is in front of me I have excellent position for the rest of the hand. For some inexplicable reason I decided not to raise here. Usually the only reason I would flat call QQ pre-flop is against an absolute nit who raises 1-2% of hands pre-flop or facing a three-bet or maybe to trap and overly aggressive opponent. Here, raising has two advantages, I make the villain pay to outflop and pay to play out of position against me and I continue the hand with the aggression behind me. It also gives the villain and chance to play back at me with AA and KK (he may just smooth call these hands though), but he could let me fold QQ soundly when he demonstrates he has AA or KK by 4 betting me.

Flop: ($9.50) 7 J 2 (2 Players)
UTG bets $7, Hero raises to $21, UTG calls $14

Okay, a pretty good flop, no overcards out there, so we are still ahead of AK-AJs, JJ has flopped a set so we are beating 88-TT only now. Flat calling pre-flop, I pretty much have to raise this flop, there is little sense in slow-playing one pair. So tick for how I played this street i think… BUT…

Once he calls: SHUT DOWN! I have given him no reason for him to believe I’d stick in a raise like that on the flop on a bluff, yet he calls. There are no real draws on the board, I’m nearly positive he’d muck AK-AQ, 88-TT here. So, his range is now narrowed to AA-JJ and a small % assignment to AJ(The only hand I am ahead of in his range really, though tying with QQ).

Turn: ($51.50) T (2 Players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $40, UTG raises to $72.75 and is All-In, Hero calls $32.75

Okay, even if he’s peeled with TT, that has me beat now too. Don’t put another chip in the pot, you will only be called by a better hand and you know he has one too. What are you doing!?!? NO…

Some say the most important decisions are made on the turn because the money gets big, and I think this is very true of this hand, I made a horrible blunder. I was so locked in on winning the pot, I threw all the theory out the window and just played like a monkey.

River: ($197) 3 (2 Players – 1 is All-In)

Results: $197 Pot ($3 Rake)
Hero mucked Q Q and LOST (-$97.75 NET)
UTG showed K K (a pair of Kings) and WON $194 (+$96.25 NET)

I just seem to keep misplaying the odd hand like this, my win rate would be so much better if I could be focussed and controlled in these situations, instead of just blasting away. Look forward to hearing everyone’s analysis.

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