Two hands from last night’s league MTT.
I’m running real good, #3 on the leaderboard, with 18273 chips, up over 3x from my starting stack of 6000.
Blinds are up to 300/600, plus 60 ante. We’re at 9-seat tables, and by this point in the game about half of the starting field of 37 players has been eliminated.
I’m at a table with 3 empty seats, UTG limps, table folds around to me, I’m in the BB holding Th9h, and I, and check my option.
Flop is 9dTd5s, great flop for me, I have Top Two Pair. I’m only worried about straight and flush draws and sets.
I check to V, and they put in a pot-size bet. V could be holding: air bluff trying to steal a pot I didn’t show interest in, a pair of TTens, a set of 555s, 999s, or TTTs, or an overpair. With Top Two pair, though, I am partially blocking two of the three possible sets that could be made here, and I’m not worried about pairs or overpairs with my two pair. I don’t want V to draw to a straight or flush, so I raise to 7200.
V calls. Turn card is an 8, so figuring my night is about to be ruined, because V is holding QJ and just made a straight, or he called with a set of 555s, I put V all-in. V calls, flips up 9cAh for middle pair, nut kicker.
My odds calculator here tells me I’m 93% to win this hand, but the river has other ideas. Ad, and V hits his 3-out draw to a higher two pair, and I’m left with 2800 chips, V pulls down 32774 chips.