How to play a pair of fours...badly
How to play a small pocket pair...if you want to feel suicidal
|by Bad Beat||January, 24th 2011||
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Here lies the Bad Beat Blogger. He folded his Pocket fours.
Seriously, stick that on my tombstone.
I can't talk about this hand for too long, as I'll get upset.
But my mother told me to share. So here goes...
The other night, playing a five-handed €0.10/0.20 cash game on PokerTime, I looked down to find the buggers staring straight back at me.
I'd only just sat down. and had passed up my first three trash hands. I was determined to be disciplined. To grind.
I was immediately to the right of the button.
UTG raises €0.60. A bog standard move at this level. I pause. I think.
In a nine-handed game I'd have pretty good position here. But we're only five. It's on me, already.
Three villains are still to act. And one has already raised. Tricky.
With a low standard raise like this, the blinds are priced in to call. And the button, at this level, will call with anything.
And I've only just sat down.
I remind myself it's a low pair, that's all. Worth a limp in position and not much else. And I have a hunch this could get expensive.
The button re-raises up to €2. Quite a move at this level.
I congratulate myself on a well-disciplined lay down. Everyone else will fold.
They don't. They all call. All of them.
And down comes the flop. 4♥,4♦,5♣.
Buggery fucking bollocks.
Everyone's terrified now that somebody's flopped a set and it suddenly gets conservative.
The flop is checked, as is the turn, k♣, which freaks out everyone even more and a small river bet from the big blind takes the pot.
At best he has kings. He probably doesn't even have that. He mucks, naturally.
His prize? A whopping €10. in a €0.10/0.20 game. With nothing.
And me? I've folded an absolute monster.