I think Amarillo Slim has been credited with saying, "If you can't fold the best hand, you can't play," but, after the below referenced hand, I think I like Doyle Brunson's saying better: "If you can't lay down the best hand sometimes, you can't win."
The Set Up
I was moved to this table quickly after doubling up to a very healthy chip stack. UTG+1 (Villian1) was quite active and I was very happy to have him on my right. By the time the hand below was played, I had been at the table at least 15 orbits.
BB (Villian2) had also been active and playing back often at Villian1, reraising his raises (even from blinds) and raising his limps, and those of any limpers behind Villian1. If Villian2 was called, I had seen him jam on the flop two previous times.
So, I sat patiently waiting for a hand where I could do some playing back as well.
73o grins at me like the village idiot and and gets snap folded. 83s stares up at me balefully and gets folded. AQs pleads for me to play and gets folded. Finally, after several monkey hands meet their mucker, I look down and see Aces.
Because of the action I just described, I waited to see if Villian1 would just limp, knowing - based on the previous action - that Villian2 would reraise him. My plan was to limp Villian1 and reraise Villian2. And that's exactly what happened.
The Rest of the Story...
...is laid out for your viewing pleasure here.
When Villian2 jammed the flop, as I'd seen him do 2 previous times, did I think he might have a set? Yes, it did cross my mind. But what are you gonna do? What are your thoughts about being able to lay my hand down? I say, like Doyle, sometimes you have to be able to do so. This wasn't that time for me. I'm working on it.
Thank you for reading and good luck at the tables.