Going Against Your Read/Still Not Playing It Right – Misplay Of The Day

 Villain runs 20/8/1.11 over thousands of hands.

Poker Stars, $1/$2 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 8 Players
LeggoPoker.comHand History Converter

SB: $297.45
BB: $110.50
UTG: $233.90
UTG+1: $203
MP1: $200
MP2: $228.90
Hero (CO): $304.95
BTN: $30

Pre-Flop: A A dealt to Hero (CO)
2 folds, MP1 calls $2, MP2 folds, Hero raises to $10, 3 folds, MP1 calls $8

He limp/calls pre-flop, which given his stats he does with a wide range. At this point I’m putting him on small/medium pocket pairs and suited connectors.

Flop: ($23) 9 2 6 (2 Players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets $16, MP1 calls $16

Excellent flop for aces really, dry board with 78 being the only real draw out there. I bet and he smooth calls, he is doing that with a fairly wide range here I think. Given my read on him pre-flop I’d say over 50% of his range.

Turn: ($55) 5 (2 Players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets $34, MP1 raises to $68, Hero calls $34

The 78 straight draw just hit, which was the only draw he could have been calling with. The min check/raise on the turn is a huge giveaway of strength, if I had any other hand I would have insta-folded. 90%+ of the time this is either a straight or a set. This is a classic case of getting donkishly blinded by your hand and playing like a beginner when everything is obviously telling you what to do. His aggression factor alone is enough to tell you he isn’t c/r the turn on a bluff (which is about all you beat at this point). THEN to only call is just horrible, folding > shoving > calling, simple as that. If you call the turn, you just about have to call the river, so might as well stick it in now if you think you have the best hand. If you can stop yourself having lapses of concentration and moments of stupidity like this you really will improve your winrate!

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