Greetings poker entrepreneurs,
Yes, I continue to exist for those who are monitoring my pokerforum career. Still deeply enjoy poker, I could just use a few bucks so I can enjoy it in a casino context more often. For now, this bad beat I dealt to my dear friend and cousin took place in a completely casual, 5-handed poker game that had $0 invested in it. We each started with around thirty five chips and the blinds were 1chip/2chip.
I have the button and I'm in an aggressive mood today. I raise with 97o and end up heads up with my cousin to the flop. Flop comes
10d 9h 4c
Cousin bets something like 8 chips into a 14chip pot or something of that nature. I make my read that he's weak. With my middle pair, weak kicker I just decide to ship it because it felt great at the time. In fact, I insta-shipped it on him. Not going to lie, it really did feel good.
He calls and flips over Top Pair...
The run out decided to come in my favour: I rivered a 7h or something like that. At the time, it felt somehow right. Poker rewards aggression, right? I felt great about the aggressive move I made: even if the more probable event occurred and I went bust I just simply felt the move was sexy. When I rivered the goods I acted like it's all happened before. I was indifferent to the result at that point, but then it just decided to arrive in my favour.
However, all of the fun of shipping it aside, now that I reflect I feel it may be patently obvious that my play is simply not good in so many ways lol. This is where I'm hoping to get some feedback. This concept in poker seems to haunt me, in that I feel like I've heard it a lot but don't know what it means. "Consider what you're getting called with..." Consider what you're getting called with. Is that a thing? Cuz perhaps if I considered what I was getting called with in the situation I was presented with today I simply would not have done what I did indeed do. The 'expression' or concept tells me that the only hands calling my all-in are hands that are going to rEEdonkewlouslEE CRUSH Middle Pair, Weak Kicker. Lol.
But, I dunno. It still felt great at the time. And I achieved a great early double-up. Any help?
However, to further reflect, I made the read that I was stronger than he was and I wanted to blow him out of the water with my raise. Was there any logic in what I did or do I need to take it easy? TV poker tells me sometimes you can ship it and your opponent just insta-folds to the raw power animal magnetism of your confidence and suave. Can I be James Bond or will I forever just be the chump who plays 97o with the '89 Honda Civic that I bought for $600 in some abandoned car lot in West Virginia from a real sketchy dude?