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How to play a pair of fours...badly

How to play a small pocket pair...if you want to feel suicidal

by Bad Beat PokerJolt January, 24th 2011
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Pocket fours will give me poker nightmares for the rest of my life

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.

I fold.

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.

Sick.

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Bad Beat Why. Is. Life. So. Fu*&ing. Unfair? Unlike the other two idiots blogging on this site I'm a realist. And I really am losing a bloody fortune. So forget the sex-obsessed freak and that other hopeless dreamer and stick with me. It ain't pretty. I bet on sports and lose. And I play poker and lose. Again. And again.
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