Passive AK – Misplay Of The Day

UTG: No stats
UTG+2:  19/17/6.05 over 400 hands

Poker Stars, $1/$2 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 9 Players
LeggoPoker Hand History Converter

BTN: $81.30
SB: $184.90
BB: $332.65
UTG: $236.20
Hero (UTG+1): $280.10
UTG+2: $305.25

MP1: $63
MP2: $104.60
CO: $188.85

Pre-Flop: A K dealt to Hero (UTG+1)
UTG raises to $8, Hero calls $8, UTG+2 calls $8, MP1 calls $8, 5 folds

Flat calling here is horrible, I’ve got to pump it or dump it. I’ve got no stats on the UTG raiser, and a lot of people behind me, having said that there are only two hands I am worried about AA/KK. By just calling it encourages more action behind me too, and I don’t really want to play a multi-way pot with AKo.

Flop: ($35) 6 K 3 (4 Players)
UTG checks, Hero checks, UTG+2 bets $24, 2 folds, Hero calls $24

UTG checks, indicating he most likely missed the flop. I could bet this hand right out, I likely have the best hand and am only worried about a set at this point. With an aggressive player behind me I might be better to go for a check/raise though. I checked in this spot becuase I was lost in the hand, I wasn’t thinking clearly during this hand (clearly). UTG+2 is a very aggressive player, with a decent pot in the middle and two weak checks in front of him he fires. It is folded back to me, if I wanted to check/raise I should do it now, I’m most likely going to take down the pot with it. For some inexplicable reason, I meekly call. I am playing this hand so badly, I deserve to get beaten.

Turn: ($83) 2 (2 Players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 checks

Check/check… Okay, we are probably ahead to this point.

River: ($83) 5 (2 Players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets $60, Hero calls $60

That card is a little scary, puts a four card straight out there and makes for lots of small pair set possibilities with all the baby cards out there. I actually like the way I played this street, he is an aggressive player, if I check he is probably going to bet worse hands, bluff and it also keeps the pot small when I am beat.

Results: $203 Pot ($3 Rake)
Hero mucked A K and LOST (-$92 NET)
UTG+2 showed 4 4 (a straight, Deuce to Six) and WON $200 (+$108 NET)

While I got sucked out on in this hand, I played it so horribly pre-flop and on the flop that I deserved it. I have these momentary passive lapses with hands like AK, AQ, QQ, JJ and they end up costing me. keeping the lead in the hand and pushing your hand hard when you don’t have any reason to believe that it isn’t the best at this point is essential. I’ll learn from this hand and work on maintaining my discipline and aggression.

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