I’ve made a few good lay downs in my time, but I think the best has to be the time I folded AA on a 442 flop. It wasn’t just the cards. It was the confidence I laid down the hand with and the odds I was getting to call.
Looking back at it now it seems quite an easy lay down, but it was towards the start of my poker life and to this day I still remember it as the best fold I’ve ever made.
The hand happened during the freeze-out stage of a live £10 rebuy tournament and goes as follows:
There are about 30 people left in the tournament.
I’m dealt pocket aces and am UTG (under the gun). I decide to limp. I very rarely limp AA, but I was UTG and I was hoping someone behind me would raise so that I could limpraise.
I had 4200 chips. The table is 8 handed.
The button calls, the SB completes and the BB checks.
The flop comes 4h4o2h. SB and BB check. I bet 700 into a pot of 800. The button folds. SB calls. BB raises allin and has me covered. It’s 3300 for me to call. I think for a second and then fold very confidently, knowing that I had made the correct decision.
I hadn’t played with the BB a lot, but earlier I heard someone say that he was quite a tight player. Also, in previous hands he was playing quite tight and conservatively so taking everything into account I fold.
The SB calls. SB shows AhKh and the BB shows 43o. The turn brings a flush and the river brings a 3 giving the BB a boat (full house).
Shortly afterwards I busted out of the tournament with my AJ all in against QQ preflop. I was short though and had a low M so it was fine.
What’s the best laydown you’ve ever made. Post in the comments.
I’ve also made a few bad laydowns in my time. I’ll save that for my next post though.
Good luck at the tables.