Took 3rd in this 9-hand SNG. A mix of OK play and some dumb mistakes.
Went out with Q9o, I tried to defend the BB, but I was so short stacked that I knew I’d need to go all-in to play this hand most likely anyway. I could have dumped it but 880 chips is about 1/3 of my stack, so I had to play it for all or nothing. Not a mistake, just circumstances. My opponent the big stack had JT, and of course he hit the T and then the J on the river to seal it.
Semi-bluffing middle pair into a flush, which is generally regarded as poor play. Lost half my stack trying to bluff the pot away, and it could have been worse:
There were a couple of hands that I folded, and should have folded, but would have won. Holding 22, the player in front of me shoves his small stack, and I think about calling as it’s only +2.5BB to call, but decide against it, and what do you know, the flop brings up a 2 and I would have filled up with 6s by the river to take this pot. The small stack triples up, and ends up knocking me out in the end, and probably will go on to win it, and I could have had him here if I wasn’t afraid of playing 22 against a small shove.
Here I make a good call, with top pair on a rainbow board, doubling up through the big stack. He’s holding 33, and I made trip 8s by the river, but had him beat from the flop. This somewhat colored my opinion of going up against an all-in shove holding 22 sometime later in the game (see previous hand).
A good fold, K8-diamonds, the flop is AdTc2s, not enough diamonds for me to continue; AsKs shoves, I get out of the way, AQo calls and gives it to him.
One of my disaster hands. Q6o, I pair the Q, and have 567 for a runner-runner straight draw at the flop. I try to buy the pot, one opponent to beat, he shoves at me with 88, and I call, decimating his stack for a great pot.
But a few orbits previously, I’d gotten wasted in a very similar hand with this same player… This time I have Q7o, bet the top pair, and get raised all-in by KQ. I made the mistake of calling here, and paid for it with about half of my chips.
Here I successfully take a pot by betting bottom pair like I have top pair. I don’t recommend doing this too often, but in the right situation it can be profitable. It’s best to do it when you have one to beat, and have raised preflop, so you can represent a strong hand with a continuation bet, and your opponent isn’t so far in that they’re committed to the pot.
Here, I take a big beating holding AdJd, playing middle pair with KdJh8s on the flop, and a 2d to give me a possible flush if I stay in it, but sadly I don’t get a 5th diamond, and lose to QQ. This could have been worse, I suppose.
Knocked out a player with a flush. It’s nice when you play high card with rag suited kicker and actually make the flush. My opponent shoved nothing here, but if I don’t hit my diamonds I’m losing to their overcard.
So overall in this game I was up and down a lot, sometimes winning big, and then giving away about half of it a few hands later, but staying healthy enough that I could continue playing, until we got down to 3, at which point I really missed all those chips I’d blown through. But if you like to have a lot of action and don’t care so much about actually winning, it was an enjoyable game.