I think I have to post the whole hand to make more understandable what I mean by "Blackout":
Villain: Is a very aggressive regular. He plays 30% to 40% of his hands preflop, I think half of them he raises and the other half he limps. He can be very aggressive postflop and tends to spew/bluff away money when he is tilting. He also tends to potbet/overbet his made hands, although not always as he knows sometimes when his opponent is weak and when not. But I also saw him making huge All Ins with SDV hands, although I don't know if he knew what he was doing.
I think he sees me as a solid TAG and casino regular.
In this session I already 3betted him once and he just called with Kings but he played this hand out with someone else.
Blinds 2$/4$. I was 950$ deep and he covered me.
Preflop: he raises 20 in MP, I 3bet 60 on the BU with Q♣ Q♠ . He calls
Flop(125): A♦ K♠ Q♦
check, I bet 60, he raises 240, I call.
he bets out 240 again, I call
He puts me All In for about 400 more.
I expected him to call very widely preflop. He is a candidate whom I would 3bet as loose as with KJ, maybe KT+.
When he raised me on the flop I assumed he could have AK, AA, KK, JTs. I didn't know if he would raise this board with a draw as this board doesn't look like much FE.
I thought that the turn card was a very bad one because now if he really raised Diamonds he got his flush. But the bet was relatively small (what also made it suspicious to me), so I called and hoped for my 12 outs to come.
On the river came my Blackout.
I tanked for a very long time. And literally talked myself into a call where I'm never good.
I don't know anymore what I was thinking in that moment, but I remember me thinking that he was capable of bluffing SDV hands like AK or something.
1. Did you ever had similar Blackouts?
2. What do you think might be a psycholigical reason for such a Blackout?
3. Do you agree with me that I should have bumped it up on the flop to ~640 against this player type?
4. What is your line on the turn ...
a) ... as played
b) ... if you had raised the flop to 640, he called and the T♦ came?
I already would like to give you my thoughts on question 2:
I normally play 2$/2$-500 (Just 150 hours experience on 2/4 and 5/5 as opposed to ~2000 hours of 2/2 and similar) Cap and usually I'm a pretty tight player and I would never even consider a call in this situation, even against the most maniacal opponents, I think.
That is why I think this must be a mental/tilt problem.
On the other hand this hand went on a day just after a few hours of playing. I was winning, confident and top concentrated, so this can't be tilt in the stricter sense.
It might be more confusion in a big pot, against an aggressive player, on unfamiliar stakes with a deficit in:
- Recalling informations in strange situations
- Having a structured thinking process
Can you think of more reasons and how you would cope with them, especially if you had/have similar issues?