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Poker :: Some AK hands
  submitted on March 29, 2008, 10:23 PM

It looks like my ISP may have actually fixed my internet issues. Since Thursday night my IM program has only disconnected a total of 4-5 times, all isolated incidents that could have happened for whatever reason. I haven't seen any sync issues with my modem at all, which is great. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the next few days, but it's looking pretty good.

So I've been able to play a little poker over the weekend, the first serious poker I've played in probably a couple months. Just playing some 25NL to get my rhythm back, and I ran into an interesting hand with AK, and since that particular hand has been discussed at length recently, I figured I'd get in on some of that too.

FullTiltPoker Game #5833453428: Table Cool Water - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:11:45 ET - 2008/03/29
Seat 1: RefoldEr ($5.80)
Seat 2: ReechX ($29.80)
Seat 3: homicha4144 ($5)
Seat 4: Bretbb1 ($25.25)
Seat 5: Mike_Maloney ($24.75)
Seat 6: NickNamel3ss ($29.90)
Seat 7: phAntOm AcEs2 ($25)
Seat 8: Stefan19781 ($4.30)
Seat 9: phrunky83 ($15)
ReechX posts the small blind of $0.10
homicha4144 posts the big blind of $0.25
phrunky83 posts $0.25
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [As Ks]
Bretbb1 folds
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to $1
NickNamel3ss folds
phAntOm AcEs2 folds
Stefan19781 folds
phrunky83 calls $0.75
RefoldEr folds
ReechX raises to $5
homicha4144 adds $0.25
homicha4144 folds
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney calls $4
phrunky83 calls $4

So here's decision #1. We've got a new player in LP, so I make my standard 4bb raise, and face a re-raise from the SB. I was pretty close to just laying down the hand, to be honest. I figure his range is JJ-AA and AK (This is 25NL after all). I end up making the call, knowing I have to be cautious about what hits on the flop.

*** FLOP *** [Kd Td 4c]
ReechX has 15 seconds left to act
ReechX bets $6

Pretty good flop for me, I thought. I doubt he has 10 10, so I'm behind AA and KK and ahead of QQ and JJ and tied with AK. I am curious to know what people think of my opponent's flop bet, because it would certainly appear that I misread it. He bet $6 into a $12 pot, which seemed a little weak to me. It made me think he was betting out with QQ or JJ, sort of c-betting. I thought if he had AA he would be more likely to check-raise me or bet more on the flop. I guess I had considered KK, but with one in my hand and one on the flop, it didn't seem to likely. So I pushed.

Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to $19.75, and is all in
phrunky83 folds
ReechX calls $13.75
Mike_Maloney shows [As Ks]
ReechX shows [Kh Kc]
*** TURN *** [Kd Td 4c] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd Td 4c 3s] [8c]
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Kings
ReechX shows three of a kind, Kings
ReechX wins the pot ($52.05) with three of a kind, Kings
Mike_Maloney is sitting out

Was this a big mistake? If so, where was my mistake? Should I have just folded preflop? Was my postflop analysis wrong? Should I have been more cautious with taking TPTK to the felt? It seems a little over aggressive on my part, but I'm not sure. I'd appreciate anyone's comments on the hand.

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