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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Addicted to Suited Aces

I’m addicted to suited aces. Could I be any more of a fish? I can fold any other suited combination without a second thought, but if one of those cards is an ace, I’m going to take a stab at it just about every time. Honestly, doesn’t the thought of hitting the nut flush and busting some moron with K5s just bring a smile to your face? The problem is I end up being the moron when an ace hits and I have to get away from the hand anyway because I’m worried about being out kicked. Or even worse I don’t get away from it and lose a bunch of chips. I still just can’t seem to stop playing this hand.

I think part of the problem is that it can be a profitable play in limit ring games where you can usually minimize the damage when you don’t hit. I’ve gotten used to playing them at least for a cheap flop just to see if I can get lucky.

Yeah, that’s not necessarily the best plan in a no-limit tournament. Sure the payout for hitting could be a lot higher, but it also costs a lot more to be wrong. Early position A9 suited looks pretty, but it’s just asking for trouble. I raise, a guy with half my stack (I’m around average) goes all-in over the top. Well crap. Now what? Is he in “push with anything” mode? Is he trying to steal some extra chips? Does he actually have a hand? Maybe if I’d been paying more attention I’d have a better read on him, but still, I don’t know if I’d be able to put him on a range of hands. I have no business in the this hand. I end up calling, like the genius I am, and sure enough he had ATo. Bye-bye half my chips. Way to ruin a perfectly good tournament.



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