Sometimes I ask myself Am I a thinking poker player?
Based on the last short session, the answer might be closer to a No than a Yes. Let's look at the evidence.
I bought in for $200 and was hovering around $175. After 30 minutes, a new player arrived with three stacks of red bullets ($300) and took seat 1. He played tight, used position, and didn't make any mistakes from what I could tell. I made a mental note to watch out for him. Less than an hour later, we got into it.
I'm dealt 2♦,3♦ in the big blind and he is in late position. Three of us see the flop 4♥,5♠,5♣. It's checked to him and he bets $10 and I'm the only caller. Turn is a good looking A♦. I check, he bets $25, I make it $50 and he goes all-in. The pot was $239 and I was being asked to chip in $113 more.
I snap called. That's right, I just went on autopilot. It's not that I didn't put him on a hand. I did. I thought he had a 5 or an ace. If I was a thinking player, knowing the opponent was a solid player, I would have reassessed the situation once he moved all-in. Looking at the previous betting, he didn't bet pre-flop in late position. He bet the flop and the turn. He saw me showing strength when the ace hit and went all-in!
After I snap called, he asked me if I was holding A,5. Right away, I knew that I was in deep trouble. He had flopped a monster and showed 4,5 for the win.
If I had stopped to think after he moved all-in, I think there is a 30% chance that I could have found a fold. Could you have folded a straight under these circumstances?