Went out 6th in a 9-seat SNG today. Took a couple big beatings on hands that I felt were questionable – either I had better starting cards, and someone called where they had no business calling, and sucked out, or they had a weak hand that shouldn’t have sustained a bet, but called anyway, and came out on top.
I have A7o UTG, limp in, the flop hits my 7, but with a pair of 4s on the board. I bet, and get called to the river by the SB. I fail to see the obvious, and am beat by trip 4s after pairing the Ace on the river, and feeling confident enough with two pair to call a shove from my opponent. This was purely a bad play on my part, limping with A7o from an early position, and then thinking that having top pair with an underpair on the board was favorable to me. I had no business joining this hand, and no business staying in it, and thought that I might be able to take it, and if my opponent didn’t have a 4 I could have, and this was one of those times when he had a 4. I just didn’t see that he would have limped in with a 4. To be sure, here I’d be folding to his river bet if the river wasn’t an Ace to give me a better 2 pair, and the reason I called here when he shoved was I figured it was a bluff, and that he either had just paired an Ace for an AA44 hand, and I didn’t put him on a 4, figuring he would have folded preflop with a 4.
Here, I have A6s, raise up from the SB, button is the only caller. I hit nothing on the flop, other than the idiot-end of a runner-runner straight draw, but my stack is low enough so I shove, and am called. My Ace High holds up and I eliminate my opponent. This was purely a desperation shove on my part, and I lucked out.
Dealt TT on the button, Cutoff raises up to 3BB, I call, and then the BB shoves. CO mucks, I call. The BB is holding 33, and I think I’m OK, then the Turn comes up with a 3 for him, and I’m down to my last 60 chips. What do you have to say about this one? I would acknowledge that calling a shove with TT is likely to lose, given that most players shoving have AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK and of those I’m only not behind AK. But shoving those 3s? Apart from trying to steal the hand, why? When you have two players who are repping a big hand, why would you shove threes? You’re only 55% to win against any two random cards, and those either of those big hands you shoved into may call.
So, on my very next hand I’m dealt KK, am all in, and win, 6x-upping my crippled stack, which I shove in again the next hand, holding KTs, and happen to win again, with a pair of Tens. Now I’m back up to 1340 chips, and starting to feel like I might be OK, although my back is still to the wall.
My last hand, I’m eliminated holding K7o. I’m the SB, and the entire table folds. Hoping to get the BB to fold, I raise, moving about half my stack in. BB calls, I miss the flop, I shove anyway hoping the bluff will get him to lay down, but expecting that if he does call, I’ll be beat having made no hand yet. BB has meanwhile hit bottom pair, holding A4, and decides to call my all-in with his pair of 4s, and ends up with trip Jacks on the board for a full boat to knock me out. But even without the 4, the Ace in his hand would have outkicked my King anyway. Still, why would a good player call a raise with A4s, and why would they sustain a pot-sized all-in bet holding bottom pair, top kicker, with none of their suited cards hitting the flop to deny their flush draw? In rethinking this hand, I think I should have either folded K7o, or shoved it all in, and maybe that would have gotten a fold. Betting half your stack, getting called, then betting the other half as a bluff just doesn’t work.
I feel like the advice I’m likely to hear is “Quit playing those garbage hands” and yes, point well taken. And probably also, “Don’t bet a board with a pair a second time if you bet it once and get called and you don’t have trips.” And then, “Never shove a small stack into a big stack and expect them to fold when they’re 4-5x bigger than you.”
But am I missing anything? What else you got?