Tonight I stack off with kings versus fairly obvious aces, for the second time in the past few weeks. It's the third preflop set up of late, but why am I getting it wrong?
- 3bet KK with tight image over TAG's raise. He massively 4bets, I snap fold. He shows me aces.
- I 4bet KK over even tighter player, he calls. I felt it had to be aces, but had trouble believing my own read. He leads ten high flop and now I rip it in, getting called and shown AA.
- Now tonight. Fishy player who flatted qq now min raises over loose player's open. I sense aces, because it fits his profile and preferred actions. I have a hard time believing my own read, however; why would he min raise when the pot is looking very multiway? The loose player doesn't need to be coaxed to call, where's the value? I go from thinking like him to thinking like me. I 4bet, loose player folds, weak player tank shoves for another 95 bbs. I snap call.
What's wrong is that I am not really above the game in the last two situations, not remaining objective. I am attached to my own cards. No matter who you are or at what level you are at or what your holding is, this is a mistake.
Why did I get it right the first time? Because I respected the player. Because I respected the game. Because I was focused.
Stacking off out of spite against lesser opposition and softer games is no way to play. The money is all currency, very spendable and handy right around now, when the rent is due.
The combination in the latter two KK hands, of a lack of objectivity and a disregard for the villains involved, is indicative of distraction, frustration and mental game issues.