Not only do massive downswings make me want to throw a kitten into traffic ...
... Specifically, the kitten pictured to the left ...
But they also make me wonder if I know anything about poker.
After continuously getting set mined and flopping top two pair or thinking I am pricing someone out of a draw on the turn and still seeing them get there on the river ... there just comes a point where I say, "Ok, what the fuck am I doing wrong? I should be able to win one of these, or at least make a fold."
The reality is, when I go back and look at the hand again I still can't think of a way to play it differently. Example ...
With a full stack in a 2/4 NL 6 Max game I raise to $14 UTG with AdKd and receive one caller - the big blind.
The flop is Ac Kh 4c. With $30 in the pot and him expecting me to c-bet, I bet $24 when it is checked to me. He smooth calls. At this point his range is really wide so I plan to see what the turn brings before trying to narrow it down.
The turn is 7d - completely safe card 99% of the time. He checks and I bet $60. Again, he just calls. Now I'm a bit concerned but he could be drawing to a fifth club or he could have something like AJ or AQ and he's afraid I have him crushed or outkicked.
The river is 7h and he thinks for a few seconds before leading for pot.
I'm thinking it's a missed draw or a weaker Ace like I originally suspected. I call and he has 4's full.
I'm 99.99% sure it's a complete cooler when you don't have a long standing history against the villain in this hand, but I've been running into this stuff a lot lately and it has me seriously questioning everything about my game so I've decided to take a break for a little bit rather than play scared money or in a way that leaves me open to get drawn out on constantly.
Hope you guys are running a lot better than I've been running.