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Folding Pocket Aces
Folding Pocket Aces
I'm relating this story for a friend LoyalCumpany that I just found out has the same interest in on line poker that I have. I've been playing for several years and love watching the tournaments on TV. Now Loyal I don't know all of the facts but I think you may have played the hand wrong.
If you don't play you might have trouble following along.
I play poker on line every now and then and I really enjoy playing in the no limit Texas Hold-Em tournaments. I have this theory and everyone thinks it’s crazy. I think you can’t play every good hand you get because you will eventually get burned and in tournament play if you get burned you’re usually out. You have to be able to fold good cards sometimes just to survive the stupid luck factor.
I call this theory (I name all my theories) “folding pocket aces”.
You see having pocket aces is the best starting hand there is but they still get beat about 20% of the time.
No Limit Texas Hold-Em is not always about winning but sometimes just about survival….kinda like life.
Anyway all of my friends who play think I’m so full of shit and that only an idiot would fold the best starting hand before even seeing any other cards.
Last year I was in a tournament where the conditions were right to finally test my theory.
There were about 70 players out of about 400 left and you didn’t get into the money until position 65.
I got pocket aces and was on the button (best position, last to call)
Two players in front of me limp in.
I raise, but just double the big blind; I didn’t want to scare any dead money off.
Small blind folds.
Big blind is short stacked and goes all in (and I had him covered)
1st front player goes all in (I have him covered also)
2nd front player goes all in (he has me covered)
Dream hand huh.
I figured all the aces were gone.
I knew big blind was weak because of his short stack.
I also assumed 1st front player knew this also and had a decent hand.
It was the 2nd front player I was worried about….I assumed AK suited.
Pot odds were great and even if I lost as long as one of the first two won I would still be alive.
If I won I would be in a great position to get to the final table.
I thought about my theory.
I tested it and folded pocked aces for the first time in my life.
1st front had pocket jacks and caught a jack on the flop.
Big blind had a J-10 diamonds and got the flush.
2nd front had (like I had guessed) AK….suited….diamonds
I would have had the worst hand out of them all.
For the next two hours I folded several pocked pairs, a few AK’s, and played a few hands I would have normally folded.
I came in second.
The 1st prize was over $5000.00
I won just over $3000.00 (the most money I had ever won in my life at one time)
My best finish in a tournament that large.
All because I folded pocket aces.
I may never fold pocket aces again, but sometimes to win you have to dodge a few bullets.
Kinda like life.
5/14/2006 6:33 am
truedom, yer becoming one of my favorite blogs to watch (and not because of the pimping). All I have to say is they (and you) were lucky. True, there's been times when my AA has been beaten, and many more times I have cracked AA. It happens.|
But, all said and done, if I go in with what I think, and should be, the best hand and lose... well, that's what makes poker fun. If the best pocket hand won every time, then there wouldn't be that element of suspense.
Besides, on the hand I lost on, the odds of the other player having the remaining A or a pocket pair to give him the full house (plus the aggressive way he had been playing) gave me reason to believe I had him beat. He just happened to have a better hand that time.
I have folded AA before, and other monster hands. I just read the guy wrong.
Now I'm curious to find out which site you play on...
I am JoJo the Circus Boy!
5/14/2006 9:34 am
If you have the ability, and not many do, to look beyond the obvious, and add up the sum of all the clues available.... perhaps throw in a little intuition and luck, I think your odds of getting to the final table in poker or life will always be greater.|
5/15/2006 8:14 pm
Yesterday I downloaded a Tx-Hold-Em game off of somewhere. I have a friend who wants to play all the time. It bores me but he's my best friend and I cant let him beat my ass ALL the time. Well, truthfully I don't really try cause it's not real money when you just play with chips, I'll get bored and let him win, act all stupid. So yesterday and today the program has spanked me but mainly because I followed it's tips. When Mac listens to Mac she wins. Listen to yourself. It's how I play blackjack, I play hunches (mainly cause I'm not smart enough to count cards, lol) and win most of the time |
5/16/2006 7:18 am
Damn, thought I had already replied. Full Tilt most of the time, though I like the Party site when they deposit money in my acctto try and get me to come back and play.|
I am JoJo the Circus Boy!