Tom Riding asked me on Facebook: Tony, what’s the worst hand you have ever played?
The worst hand I ever played was in WPT Malta. I was in the money. I had vs with a raise coming from a middle position. I called in the small blind and managed to get all-in on the river with the board . Total pot was 900k – a massive chiplead at that stage of the tournament.
It’s important to lay down such hands on the river. I overplayed and managed to be all-in without having any real showdown value.
The correct way to play this hand post-flop would have been to just check-call all the way and lose perhaps 25% of my stack. I just called pre-flop but check-raised on the flop. This made the pot way too big on the river. I ended up having to call 150k more with 750k in the pot.
Maybe I could lay down on the river but ideally more value is had to just check-call all the way, inducing the bluff and creating value. The big issue and problem was that I took on the chipleader Matt Giannetti, who ended up winning the event.
What’s the worst hand you have ever played?