So here is the hand which I played on NL400 a few months ago. This is my biggest pot I ever played so far. So I hope you will share your thoughts after reviewing it 🙂
Hold’em No Limit ($2/$4 USD)
UTG $560 14/14/1.7/32
BTN $525.98 25/17/5/42
SB $246.13 16/5/2/30
Hero (BB) $490.75
Preflop: ($6) Hero is BB with A♥Q♦
UTG bets $6, 2 folds, BTN calls 6$, SB calls $6, Hero raises $30, UTG calls $30, BTN calls 30, SB calls $30.
Flop: ($122) A♣ 2♥ 9♦ (4 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $80, UTG calls $80, BTN calls $80, SB calls $80.
Turn: ($444) Q♣ (4 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG bets $450 (All-in), BTN calls $415.98 (All-in), SB folds, Hero calls $380.75 (All in)
River: ($1614.73) 8♠ (3 players)
Final Pot: $1614.73
Hero (BB) shows A♥Q♦ (two pairs)
UTG shows A♠K♣ (pair of Aces)
BTN shows K♣T♣ (Ace high)
Hero wins $1588.25
So here’s what I was thinking while going through my biggest pot.
On pre-flop I had a pretty marginal hand – AQo. This hand is not bad for 6max table. However after tight UTG raised I was contemplating of making a fold. Especially including the fact that I was out of position on the flop. But after 2 more players Cold Called I decided that this is a good chance for me to squeeze them. If UTG has a strong hand like QQ+ AK+ he would probably 4-bet because his 4bet range was 2%. Which is really tight for 6max. Anyway, if he will 4 bet I can make an easy fold. If he folds i will probably have to play against Loose Aggressive player and Tight Passive. I could make a easy CB bet and force SB to fold almost on any flop. Which will leave me against one aggressive player. And against this guy I have a very good hand.
After I raised happened something which I didn’t expect at all. Everyone called. I didn’t have enough hands on UTG player (850) to make a popper decision on his call with 3bet range. However i thought that he was either trying to trap other players, or he was looking for a suitable flop. Any way, it didn’t make any sense for him. If he had a hand he should have made 4bet pre-flop. Anyway, after 2 more players called 3-bet I was about to give up.
Flop came A 2 9 rainbow.
At this point I was only worried about UTG, there were only two potential hands that can beat me and which make sense. It was either AA or AK, I was not worried about BTN because this guys could pretty much have hands like 22+ A8s+ KJs+. Since SB had a 2% pre flop CC range I decided that most of the time he would probably have pocket pairs, even though the odds for calling are terrible for him. In this situation against those kind of players I was in way ahead way behind situation. I decided to make a standard CB bet, however this was definitely not a value bet. My plan was to make BET/FOLD play, and then CHECK/FOLD Turn.
Everyone called again, which was really wired. Turn was a Qc. I decided that if SB checks than he definitely doesn’t have a set. Because at this point he should have tried to increase the pot. I checked behind, and UTG moved all in with a pot bet, BTN CC behind, SB folded. At this point i was pretty sure that i was up against UTG’s AK, AA. Since the board started to look more wet I thought that BTN might have a straight or flash draw, with one pair, or A9 at this point. His WTSD was way to high to assume that he 100% hit a set. So I decided to move all in as well.
It has been almost 5 months since my biggest pot has been played. I can’t say that I would have changed a lot in this pot. However I do regret that I didn’t have enough hands history for some of the players.