I've had two losing session at the tables recently. They were not full buy-in losses. I was hoping to not make it three in a row.
The game was $1/$2 on the (cursed) second floor of the Live poker room. I was in seat 5 (one of my favorite) with $200. I typically wait to post but this time I ended up playing my first hand UTG accidentally.
The very first hand, I was dealt 6♦,6♠. A woman in seat 8 called. A guy in a dress shirt, in seat 9, bet $12. A black gentleman, in seat 10, called and so did I and the lady. The flop comes down 6♥,5♥,10♠. I'm first to act and check. There are plenty of draws out there and I'm not ready to build a pot yet. The lady checks and seat 9 bets $28. The three of us call.
Turn is a 3♥ and I don't like it. It checks to seat 10 who bets $55. Only I call. The river brings the fourth heart...Q♥. Now, I am thinking that maybe I could try and represent the A♥ but that would require a big bet. I just check and let destiny take over. Seat 10 also checks. I flip over my sixes and he folds; he had no heart! Right out of the gate my stack almost doubles.
Dress shirt guy played several hands in position and typically raised pre-flop. He had $400+ on the table. On the third orbit, I get dealt 10♠,10♥ in the BB. There was one caller and then seat 9 bet $10. It folds to me and I raise to $28. Only he calls. The flop is 3♥,4♠,8♦. I bet $25 and he raises to $55. It's starting to smell like a big pocket pair or a pure bluff. I call and the turn is a Q♣. He leads out for $75. This is where I should have let it go. Is he really barreling just because he's in position. I call and the river is a 9♣. If I check, I think he's going to bet. I put out a blocker bet of $75. He calls and flips over 3♣,4♣ for the win.
Not in a million years would I have put him on that hand. If I thought he had a big pocket pair, why didn't I fold to his bet on the flop. JJ-AA crushes me. The only hand that I beat is 9,9 or a bluff. I realized I made a big mistake right then and there. I stood up, picked up my $100+ chips, and went for a walk. I got some food and then went back to find another poker table.
At what point in the hand would you have raised the white flag?