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Did I Donk This One?

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Mar 01, 2013


Poker is a game of decisions with some of them getting mighty tricky. Concepts often conflict and weighing which play is best can be a mind boggling exercise. But never forget that just because a decision didn’t work out doesn’t mean you made an error. Judging your decisions in hindsight by if they worked or not is the wrong way to judge them, and it’ll drive you to the asylum. Playing $40-$80 limit hold’em at the Bellagio, I posted the big blind. An aggressive tourist open raised in second position and was called by four opponents. The small blind folded and I peered down at the K Q. It’s a pretty good hand, though not a great one. With this holding, I often play aggressively in position. But without position and many callers it loses some of its value. Offsuit high cards play better in situations in which one pair ...

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