I can't really complain about the session I had last night. I had a lot of suckouts against me, but also got good value for the hands I was dealt and generally played well up until the very last hand of the night.
In my ~8 hour session, I got my AA cracked by KTss when I opened to $16 from the SB against a single limper. Flop comes K 4 2 - 2 spades. I bet, he raises / I shove he calls off for $126 total and spikes a King on the turn. A bit later, I'm dealt QQ, raise to $25 in the SB, get a loose player to limp / shove $65 from the CO and I snap him off. I'm up against AT - Ace on the turn and I'm now 0 fer 2 with my premiums.
Finally, the last hand of the night. I'll set the stage. I'm in the UTG sitting on $625 and all I want to do is go home. I'm tired at this point, and am done playing around. I open to $25 from UTG. UTG+1, a very tight, unimaginative, ABC player who overalues overpairs 3bets to $65. He has me covered. Folds around to same player from above that spiked the Ace - he shoves for less - ~$52. Action to me. I think for a good while - I distinctly put my opponent on KK and absolutely nothing else. What to do? The normal play is to raise to $160 or so... I think this may have been the second best option, but I have to choose this option if I want to get full stacks in. The good play here is to just call his raise and mask my hand strength - and check / raise or check / call a non-King (or non-Queen but I'm 99.99% sure it's KK here) flop. The worst option is to open shove the $600. Well, as you can probably guess, I open shoved. I didn't want to deal with a flop / turn / river decision and I was tired. I know... no excuse for the play, but still, this was my thinking coupled with being sick of the suckouts (which is an even poorer excuse since I know my opponent's cards and I should be folding to a K board). Well, he thought for what seemed like 5 minutes before finally folding KK and I scooped against my suckout buddy's KTo who couldn't spike 2 of his 5 outs or so. My honest thinking was that my opponent could never fold KK and would likely happily get KK in PF... Oh well... still a good session, though coulda shoulda woulda...
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