How I Misplayed Pocket Jacks

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 by Gugel in Hand Reading and Tells

Ive been playing a bit 6max lately and I wanted to share a hand I recently misplayed. Theres definitely some insight you can draw from this example to help you with your heads up game.

SB ($50)
BB ($50)
Hero (UTG) ($50)
MP ($50)
CO ($50)
Button ($50)

Preflop: Hero is Button with J♠, J♣
Hero bets $2, 2 folds, Button raises to $6, 2 folds, Hero calls $4

Flop: ($12) 7♣, 3♥, 7 (2 players)
Hero bets $9, Button raises to $24, Hero goes all-in

First of all, leading here is terrible. It allows the villain to play perfectly. He will probably fold every hand that I beat and raise with every hand that beats me.  In other words, if he has AK, hes probably gonna fold and if he has QQ+, hes gonna raise. The only reasonable hand I can get value from is TT. Anyway, its much better to check call. Hes probably going to continuation bet with almost his entire range and we can comfortably call on the flop.   At this point, however, were hoping to check it down and were probably going to check/fold the turn to further aggression.

As Ryan Fee put it:

If you just fold every marginal situation where you arent really sure where you are at in the end you wont end up losing that much money, in fact if you consistently make incorrect decisions in those situations you will end up losing money. Therefore fold.

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