BY RUSS SCOTT
RELEASE: NOV. 29, 2011
Player’s Mistake a Learning Moment, Not Just an Embarrassment
A “dumb mistake” during a no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournament and a question about local charity poker events get attention this week.
Q: Normally I check my hole cards on every street, but on this one hand I didn’t. Don’t know why. I lost almost all my chips and busted out a little later. What do you say to that? — Bob R. in Davenport, Iowa.
A: Two words, my friend: “Lesson learned!”
Here’s what happened:
You limped in pre-flop with Q-10 of spades, as did several others. The flop came 10-x-x with one spade, and you alone called a player’s bet of 300. The turn card was another non-spade rag, so you called his 500-chip bet. The river brought a non-spade ace, and your opponent bet 1,000.
“I figured he didn’t have an ace (I was right), and there were no flushes or straights possible. I doubted he had any pocket pair higher than my 10s, either, because he didn’t raise before the flop. I decided to call,” you wrote in describing the hand.
“He turned over J-10 and I turned over Q-10 and was surprised when the dealer shoved him the pot. I said, ‘Wait, I had a higher kicker.’ Then the dealer gave me the news that I held Q-J, not Q-10!
“I still hadn’t noticed, even after turning over my cards! I was so focused on his hand and the fact that I out-kicked him, that I was oblivious to my actual cards.
“Like I say, I usually check my cards on every street, so I normally would have noticed I missed the flop and wouldn’t even have called his initial bet. Wow! Here I thought I was improving, but made such a dumb mistake.”
I know you feel silly that this happened, Bob, but don’t beat yourself up.
The correct action is to maintain your routine of checking your hole cards multiple times during a hand. Be consistent, so opponents don’t pick up a tell on you.
Remember, poker’s elite have made similar mistakes. Even the great Phil Ivey misread his hand late in the World Series of Poker main event a couple of years ago.
In the overall scheme of things, this one hand has ZERO implication as to whether or not you’re improving!
Q: I recently played in the Arsenal Island Texas hold ‘em tournament you directed. Do you have information on other upcoming tournaments or a website where this information is available? — Ed S. in Davenport, Iowa.
A: Thanks very much for playing in the U.S. Army event on Nov. 12! We had a terrific day and a dynamite final table — which you can read about at luckydogpoker.com, if you haven’t already.
One local website that hopes to collect this type of info — quadcitypoker.com — has a link to “Fundraising Events,” but nothing was listed when I last checked. Another site — fatcatzpoker.com — had two events posted, including the huge ARC tourney at Jumers Casino, now rescheduled for Feb. 4.
I know of at least three additional upcoming tournaments, Ed: Kennedi’s Kisses, tentatively set for Feb. 24, Habitat for Humanity on March 2 and the next Arsenal tourney on March 10. Two others I’ve heard about haven’t set dates yet.
I’ll post details about these events on my website when they become available.
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