Hey everyone, here's another installment of How would YOU play it, where I give an example of a NL texas hold em hand and how I played it...then you can all give your feedback on how much I screwed up.
I'd been playing well all day, making some good calls to win about 75 bucks for the day at a .10/.25 table.
I'm dealt AJ suited on the button. I elect to simply call the big blind, and see a flop. Three players including myself go to the flop, and the flop comes out AJ8, two diamonds. The first player to act I have pegged as a moron, who sucked out on me to hit an inside straight on the river when he didn't even have close to the right odds to call. He's super agressive and often makes moves that are total bluffs. He puts in a pot sized bet. I'm confident that I have him beat. The next player to act puts an abnormally large raise in, about 6 times that of the pot. I now have to decide whether to call/raise/fold with my top two pair.
I realize that I am likely pot committed if I make the call, so I decide it's really a raise/fold situation, so at least there is some fold equity if I decide to take this hand all the way. I move all in for the rest of my chips, thinking that I'm likely a favorite, with the only hand that the re-raiser having to beat my holding being 88. Limping with JJ or AA just doesn't seem likely. I fully expect the table donk to fold, but he doesn't, calling the bet with his obscene chip stack after getting rather lucky in the last few hands. He calls, the other player also calls, but since he has less chips than us, a side pot is created for me and the table idiot.
Turn comes a blank, river is a Q of diamonds.
When it's all said and done, the table idiot flips over 79 of diamonds and scoops the entire pot with his river flush. He invested about 20 bucks after facing a raise and then a re raise all in when he only had a dollar invested in the pot. The other hand, by the original raiser, was the 88 and I was indeed beaten there. However, I would have won a sizeable side pot if I hadn't gotten sucked out on.
Now, here's the question: Did I screw up with my play? Limping in with AJ suited might have seemed tight/weak but I don't mind that play. After the loose/agressive/crazy guy originally raised, it didn't phase me a bit, but I contemplated folding to the re-raise. However, I felt like I had a good chance of being good, only really being in bad shape if I was up against the set of 8's, as I highly doubted that he held JJ or AA. When he re-raised, and re-raised such a HUGE amount, I felt that perhaps he held A8 for a smaller two pair, or even more likely had A10/A9 and wanted to win the pot right there.
So once I thought I was best, I elected to re-raise for the rest of my chips fully putting the first guy on a bluff or at best a semi-bluff with a flush/straight draw and giving him even WORSE odds to draw to those prayers. Unfortunately, I don't think players as bad even know what pot odds are.
So, how would you play it? Call? Raise? Fold?