I made the final table of a Texas Hold 'Em tournament last night but did not place in the money.
I had pocket kings. I raise four times the big blind. I get one caller. The flop was then Ace, Ace, Ace.
I have the second best possible hand. An "Aces over Kings" full house. The only thing that can beat me is if he has the fourth Ace. Since he had called my previous bet I decide to bet 3 times the big blind to see where I am at. I actually want to bet more but I am sure he is going to re-raise.
Sure enough he re-raises and I call.
The same thing happens on the turn. I bet, he re-raises, and I call.
I bet after the river and he re-raises "all in." He could have almost anything with Ace, Ace, Ace, and two low cards on the board. There is a good chance he also has a full house. I don't know what the odds are of him having the fourth Ace but I know I have the best possible full house. There is also no straight flush possiblilities.
I make the call and he has the Ace. Blah. I am crippled and blinded out shortly thereafter. All of my friends (who were already eliminated and in sour moods) said I played that hand all wrong. I don't know though. I flopped the best possible full house. How do you get away from that?
Well, he re-raised your post flop bet, and you showed some weakness by downgrading your post flop bet from 4x to 3x the big blind. You fell perfectly into his trap since he reraises you on each street and you kept calling. Any time that the flop comes out trips, you have to think someone may have the fourth card. His odds on having the ace? Better than you think. Preflop, there are four aces in the deck, so that is 1:13. However, you are dealt two cards, so his odds increase to 2:13. The odds the flop comes out the last three aces? 1:4960...that is assuming there are ten players and that none of those players had an ace. It would leave 32 cards in the deck preflop so the first card is 3:32, second 2:31 and third 1:30...offcourse you can drop the denominators by one if the dealer burns the top card. Anyways, you should have either gone all in preflop, or stopped leading out betting after he reraised post flop. By always betting first and then getting reraised and calling it, you were pot commited by the river and had to call. Laying down a hand like that is tough, but a skill you must acquire to be successful.