Deep Stacked Kings – Misplay Of The Day

Villain in this hand runs 32/10/1.1 over 150 odd hands here. Effective stack sizes are 185BB here, which is what really makes this hand vomit worthy. He played it perfectly, I should have done better with it.

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

MP2: $96
CO: $126.55
BTN: $155.90
SB: $111.85
BB: $16.50
UTG: $289.95
UTG+1: $118.15
UTG+2: $195.75
Hero (MP1): $185.75

Pre-Flop: K K dealt to Hero (MP1)
2 folds, UTG+2 raises to $4, Hero raises to $14, 5 folds, UTG+2 calls $10

This street is pretty standard, UTG+2 is raising about 10% of hands overall, so he is probably raising about 8% from this position, which is pretty much all pocket pairs, as well and AK-AJs. Obviously, three-betting the kings here is optimal. When he calls the three-bet I think all he is really folding out of that range is maybe AQ and AJ, we are so deep so playing pocket pairs for set value is right for him and I don’t he is letting go of AK. There is also an outside chance he is raising with a suited connector type hand that he is willing to call a three-bet with so deep.

Flop: ($29.50) 8 9 2 (2 Players)
UTG+2 checks, Hero bets $22, UTG+2 raises to $44, Hero calls $22

First thing I notice about this board is that it is fairly dry. I put in a standard sized continuation bet after he checks to me and he minimum raises me. On a dry board, the minimum raise tends to either indicate a set or a pair trying to find out where it is at. The only real draw hand he could be doing with is JT, but that is such a small percentage of his range here. My three-bet pre-flop gives every indication I have an overpair at this point, yet he (a seemingly alright player) is willing to stick in a raise at this point, I think I can comfortably fold this hand here, maybe he will bluff me out with QQ once in a while, but most of the time I am beat. Yet, I call, I think my reasoning being I’ll re-evaluate on the turn after I see what he does.

Turn: ($117.50) 6 (2 Players)
UTG+2 bets $65, Hero raises to $127.75 and is All-In, UTG+2 calls $62.75

He bets about half the size of the pot, it is fairly obvious he is just trying to extract money from me here. For some unknown reason I slide the betting meter to all-in and click bet… Committing 127 BB when deep down I know I’m beat the good majority of the time in this spot.

River: ($373) 8 (2 Players – 1 is All-In)
Results: $373 Pot ($3 Rake)

UTG+2 showed 9 9 (a full house, Nines full of Eights) and WON $370 (+$184.25 NET)
Hero mucked K K and LOST (-$185.75 NET)

So this was a very stupid hand on my part, I certainly learned my lesson though. If I was in my opponents seat I would have played the hand the exact same way.

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