Misplay of the Day: Sub Optimal Mentality = No Tough Laydowns

I’ve been playing a lot of Zoom Poker on PokerStars since it was released. They’ve recently introduced the $1/$2 and $2.5/$5 limits and I’ve been having a pretty rough time since after crushing 100nl for a few weeks. I’ve been running terrible, but sometimes only have myself to blame. I think the hand below illustrates what I am talking about, I could just dismiss it by saying “oh I got flush over flushed for 100bb, cooler”, but if you want to be a good player at small-mid stakes these days, you need to be better. Ansky (supernova9) is the villain and all the other players involved in the hand are regulars of some variety. In his videos, Ansky talks about people who apply the “I wish I was good enough to fold” type logic to spots where you have a really strong hand and your opponents can only have a few combinations that beat you, but they are almost certainly never bluffing and you essentially have a bluff catcher. Even having watched his videos, listened to his advice, analyzed the hand as I was playing and deducing he held A of spadesJ of spades or 8 of spades7 of spades near 100% of the time, I found myself making this same fishy mistake. So disappointed, posted this to publicly shame myself and get me back towards playing A game poker .

Poker Stars, $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em Cash, 6 Players

Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager – The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

BTN: $226.72 (113.4 bb)

Hero (SB): $472.25 (236.1 bb)

BB: $565.19 (282.6 bb)

UTG: $309.15 (154.6 bb)

MP: $273.72 (136.9 bb)

CO: $205.42 (102.7 bb)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Q of spades T of spades

UTG raises to $6, MP calls $6, CO calls $6, BTN calls $6, Hero calls $5, BB folds

Flop: ($32) 2 of clubs 6 of spades 4 of spades (5 players)

Hero checks, UTG checks, MP bets $20, CO calls $20, BTN folds, Hero calls $20, UTG folds

Turn: ($92) 3 of diamonds (3 players)

Hero checks, MP checks, CO checks

River: ($92) 5 of spades (3 players)

Hero bets $64, MP folds, CO raises to $179.42 and is all-in, Hero makes a dumb call

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