I have a confession to make. I crossed a pretty serious ethical poker line today, and I'm not very proud of it. For the first time in my career I took an action that I knew was against the rules, assuming that my opponent wouldn't realize what was happening and no one else would speak up. I got away with it cleanly, which was all the worse. The net effect was that nothing happened, but still....here's what I did.
5 people see the flop, I have 97dd in the SB. The board comes out
Some action happens, and we're still many ways when the turn peels off
I have the stone nuts, with the flush redraw, and lead out into the field. I get raised, everyone else clears out except the button, who hems and haws and then calls 2 cold. I 3-bet, the raiser 4 bets and...you can see where this is going, right? The action is capped right there because we are still 3 handed when the 4-bet goes in. That's how a cap works. But a lot of players don't know that (in fact, I'm not 100% sure that the bike does it this way now that I think of it...I'm 99% sure). Anyway as the button is tanking I decide I'm going to go for it because the opponent I have right now could just put 9 or 11 bets into this pot before he realizes he's getting free rolled and is a well versed angle shooter himself. And the button...folds.
I illegally 5-bet. That's all it was, an 5-bet that I know I'm not allowed to make, that if someone tried on me I would speak up and prevent. I did it swiftly, and he 6-bet me, so I swiftly 7-bet. I'm pretty sure he just called this bet, but there is a chance we put 9 bets into the pot (I don't remember). The river paired the 5 and wasn't a diamond and we chopped up the pot anyway, but I immediately felt horrible about it and resolved never to do something like that again. Even if everyone else is angling for every inch, I can't sink to their level and can't let that happen again....I feel awful about it and I didn't even hit the free-roll, so I can't imagine how badly I'd be feeling if I had bonked him for the extra 3 or 5 bets. In actuality that doesn't matter one iota, but I'm sure I'd feel worse. Or heck maybe I wouldn't because at least thing I'd have something to show for my transgression. As it is right now I compromised my integrity and gained nothing for it, which is obviously a losing proposition.
So anyway yeah that was pretty awful; I wasn't going to put it up here, but honesty is the best policy and I'm trying to better myself and the pressure of the crowd has helped me in that regard before.