Monday, February 4, 2008

Best Bad Beat of 2007 (BB)

I know it's a bit late for a "Best of 2007" list, and this happened quite a few months ago, although it's obviously stuck with me to this day. This has to be the worst bad beat I took in 2007, or probably ever! When the chips got in on the flop, if I'm calculating this right, I was a 98.6% favorite to win it, and he was 0.30%. He needed a runner-runner miracle, and... well, see for yourself...

Full Tilt Poker, $5 + $0.50 NL Hold'em Sit n' Go, 40/80 Blinds, 7 Players - Hand History Converter
BTN: 1,560
SB: 1,000
Hero (BB): 1,590
UTG: 1,255
UTG+1: 2,975
MP: 2,450
CO: 2,670

Pre-Flop: (120) Qs Ac dealt to Hero (BB)
UTG calls 80, 4 folds, SB calls 40, Hero checks
Flop: (240) Ah 7h Qc (3 Players)
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG bets 240, SB folds, Hero raises to 640, UTG raises to 1,175 and is All-In, Hero calls 535
Turn: (2,590) 3h (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (2,590) 3c (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: 2,590 Pot
Hero showed Qs Ac (two pair, Aces and Queens) and LOST (-1,255 NET)
UTG showed As 3s (a full house, Threes full of Aces) and WON 2,590 (+1,335 NET)

Just a few sidenotes about my play on this hand: I probably should've raised from the BB, to around 240-280, but at this point I elected to just take the free flop and disguise my hand, hope to hit at least top pair on a safe board, and set a check-raise trap. I preferred that over being faced with an out-of-position continuation bet against a fairly loose villian (UTG) who would've likely called a preflop raise. Of course the flop was pretty much as good as it gets, and there's no way I'm not going to the felt there without a very special read. I pretty much had the check mark, then the turn teased me a little bit, but when the river came I was totally flabergasted. It was just unreal.

Funny enough, I was down to 335 chips after this hand, and managed to get back up to 1,250 or so, going in to push-or-fold mode. A few dozen hands later, with blinds at 60/120, my comeback came to an end on a coinflip. Not sure if this was a good spot, kinda a questionable sandwich play. Of course if I would've won this hand and gone on to cashed I wouldn't even be posting it here. See what you think of the preflop pressure though... I think it's gotta be another push-or-fold, there's no calling here...

Full Tilt Poker, $5 + $0.50 NL Hold'em Sit n' Go, 60/120 Blinds, 6 Players - Hand History Converter
BTN: 770
Hero (SB): 1,130
BB: 2,780
UTG: 2,675
MP: 3,820
CO: 2,325

Pre-Flop: (180) 8c 8h dealt to Hero (SB)
UTG raises to 360, MP calls 360, CO folds, Hero raises to 1,130 and is All-In, 2 folds, UTG raises to 2,675 and is All-In
Flop: (2,740) 2d 2h Kc (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Turn: (2,740) 5h (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (2,740) 9h (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: 2,740 Pot
Hero showed 8c 8h (two pair, Eights and Twos) and LOST (-1,130 NET)
UTG showed Ad Kh (two pair, Kings and Twos) and WON 2,740 (+1,610 NET)

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