Vitai Slade (vitaislade) wrote in poker_stories,
Vitai Slade

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Needing help breaking down a hand

I tried, but I can't sleep. This same hand from today keeps replaying in my head over and over again. I need help breaking it down. If you could give me your thoughts, it would be much obliged.

I had been playing at this table for a good few hours. It was a nice tight-aggressive table with a good few fishies feeding it. I am sitting in seat 9, next to the dealer. I had recently folded a good hand to what I saw to be a dominating hand (my queen-king with an outside straight draw against one person already all-in and the other pushing a heavy stack all-in with pocket kings.). My mindset was still in good poker-playing mode, but a little looser than I would usually play for the simple fact of hitting the nine on the turn after folding to the all-in. Anyway...

It is a $2-$2 no limit live game table. I looked down at 10-9 of diamonds in good position. I raised to $10, which is a pretty standard raise for this game if you don't want every single person who receives a hand to call you. Seat three in the big blind re-raises my $10 to $25 total. Considering how he has been playing past hands, I immediately put him on K-K, but of course, it is still only a pair. It is $15 to call and I am in for $10 already. If I hit better than K-K, I'm sure this guy will be pushing on me the whole way. I make the call. Flop comes Jack of diamonds, Queen of clubs, King of diamonds. A perfect flop. He is first to act and it is heads-up. He bets $20. I do my best acting job knowing I just flopped a straight and putting him easily on a set. I grumble and "think" and run numbers through my head. I very "unwillingly" smooth-called him saying, "Alright, one-time". Turn card Ace of hearts. He pushes all-in for about $70-$80 and I call as soon as his chips cross the betting line. No need to act anymore. I show the nuts and he shows, sure enough, trip kings. River card Jack for the boat.

In my eyes, it was a horrendous suckout on an amazingly played hand. I knew what he had the entire time, and had I not hit two pair or better vs his kings I would have easily folded. With the implied odds of how much was in his stack, knowing he would push it no matter what came, and knowing exactly what he had do you think I played it right? If not, what did I do wrong and how can I make sure not to make that same mistake again?

I talked to a few players and they said I played it fantastically, but they didn't like the call of the re-raise preflop. I was already in for $10, it was only $15 more to call for implied odds of another $80-$100 or so if I hit. Suited connectors take down pairs all day long. But knowing what I knew, do you still think I made the right play every step of the way? How would you have played it different? He pretty much called me a donkey for the way I played it, but I wasn't the one pushing with four cards to a straight with only trips. Was I the donkey or was he? All responses welcome. Thanks for your input.
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