So here we are at the very first Fail Friday hand review. After much deliberation (turns out there are a lot of potential candidates in my hand history), I've selected a particularly dire tilt induced nightmare to start us off with a flyer.

Before we get into a the meat of the hand a bit of background. Prior to this hand i'd had four rather successful sessions and was feeling good about my play. I'd been patient and taken my time to really think through the difficult decisions to the best of my ability. This session however was different. I had been in a bad mood all day, work had been a complete pile of crap that I had basically scowled my way through. Once i'd got home things hadn't improved and my wife had let me know that I was being rather 'snappy'.

So for some reason instead of taking an early night, relaxing and catching up on some sleep I decided to logon for some 6-max cash. Not the wisest move.

The session went poorly from minute one. I wasn't thinking beyond my own two cards, betting wildly on pretty much any flop. After 20 mins I lost an all-in coinflip when my opponent rivered a straight. At this point I think the anger meter ticked into the redline and I went to the darkside.

After quickly reloading I ploughed on, all the while getting more aggressive in some desperate attempt to 'claw it back'. Genius eh?

After a few more minutes of relatively uneventful play, during which I imagine most of my opponents had noted me down as some sort of crazed maniac I reached the hand in question.

UTG: 99.5 BB (VPIP: 52.94, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
MP: 80 BB
Hero (CO): 99.5 BB
BTN: 132 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 21.88, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 34)
SB: 44.5 BB (VPIP: 17.65, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
BB: 84 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 80.00, 3Bet Preflop: 100.00, Hands: 5)

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB, MP posts penalty blind 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has 

fold, MP checks, Hero raises to 4.5 BB, fold, fold, BB calls 3.5 BB, fold

Ok so lets stop here and look at the first mistake. MP has just sat down and decided to post. I think I had already decided that I was going to try and make an attempt to steal the blinds. Probably not the brightest move when the BB was playing everything in the five hands since he had sat down at the table. I can't remember exactly why my raise size was so large, i'll blame it on the sith lord tunnel vision and move on.

Unsurprisingly our friend in the BB calls and we're off to the flop.

Flop: (10.5 BB, 2 players)  

At this point my thought process dropped to caveman level.

Joy! Two pair! I don't want to see another club, i'm shoving.

That was it.

Have you stopped trying to claw out your own eyes at the horror before you? Good, then we'll move on.

On review this board is horrible. It's monotone and super connected, our two pair probably couldn't be in worse shape. I've already made a decision to raise before our friend in the BB even makes a move. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

BB bets 3 BB

Ok so 3BB into a pot of 13.5BB gives us almost 4 to 1 on a call. We don't know a lot about the BB with only 5 hands but he's been pretty active. Assuming he's defending with a relatively wide range, say 40%, our equity is about 66%.

What does raising instead of calling aim to achieve here instead? Can I get him to fold out hands that are beating the two pair? Doubtful. I can't seem him relinquishing the flush, or the straight if he has 34o or 89o. Ax hands if he has the club aren't going anywhere either and with so many cards to come that are bad news it's the wrong move.

Shoving is just puke inducing. The tilt monster in control of the mouse however had other ideas...

Hero raises to 95 BB and is all-in

Needless to say after 5 seconds the BB called.

BB calls 76.5 BB and is all-in

Turn: (169.5 BB, 2 players) 

Urgh. Not a great card, all the Ax hands are looking in good shape now and A7 thru A5 are now beating our two pair. Still at least it wasn't a club.

River: (169.5 BB, 2 players) 

Doh. Any 3's or 8's have made the straight, time to see what our friend has been holding.

BB shows  (Straight, Eight High) (Pre 65%, Flop 65%, Turn 49%)
Hero shows  (Two Pair, Sevens and Fives) (Pre 35%, Flop 35%, Turn 51%)
BB wins 163.5 BB

Solidly beaten. Look how bad the equity actually was on the flop when we shoved.

Overall I couldn't have played it any worse. I took away any oppurtunities I had to make decisions on later streets with a ridiculous bet that just looked super weak against a player that was pretty unlikely to fold out.

The only real benefit to come from the hand was that it woke me up to the fact that I shouldn't be playing anymore. I continued for a couple more hands in a daze then packed up and dragged myself away to bed, cursing at myself.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed the very first Fail Friday - there are going to be plenty more to come. Please feel free to tear me to shreds in the comments  that is the point of this post after all.

Remember - anger leads to stupid bets. Stupid bets lead to tilt. Tilt leads to the darkside.

Until next time.