You raise pre flop with AQ and one player calls
with KT and the flop comes K Q 5. You and your opponent
both end up all in, but you catch an Ace on the
river to win the hand. While you did have the best
hand at the beginning of the hand and at the end
of the hand, when you got most of your money in
the pot, you were behind. Most players will not
consider this hand while evaluating their play.
The thought process is that they should have won
because they started with the best hand. They are
correct in playing the hand before the flop, but
the play on the flop was incorrect. Putting your
money in the pot as an underdog will lose you money
in the long run.
the next hand, you have JJ; an early position player
who has been playing loose moves all in with TT
and you call. Your opponent hits a Ten on the flop
and you lose a large pot. This hand can make an
otherwise winning session into a losing one. Does
this mean you didn't play well? No, you played the
hand above exactly right and if you were in this
situation hundreds of times you would make a great
deal of money.
there will be times when you are in a position that
you have no control over. It is late in a tournament
and you look down to find KK. A player moves all
in, you call, and find that your opponent has AA
and knocks you out of the tournament. Unless you
had a perfect read on your opponent, which rarely
happens, there is no way to avoid this situation.
When you have KK, there is exactly one starting
hand that is a favorite against you. You played
the hand as well as possible and still lost.
is always a good idea to evaluate your play after
every session at the poker table. Just make sure
you are evaluating it correctly, so you can continuously
improve your game.
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