Only played one game today, a small sit’n’go with 10000 chips buy-in. I “won” 40,000 chips, but the winning is really only 30,000 unless you count 10,000 of my own chips that I won back.
These little tourneys are easy money and often over before 45 minutes are up. The key is to make a good start and then pick your spot.
I whiffed on the first hand of the tournament, then on the second hand. In the big blind with KQ everybody limped, no one bet much on the flop, the turn brought me an open ended draw, so I put in some cash and was called by the player on my right. On the river I hit the nut straight and bet again. To my astonishment the player on my right called and I won a nice pot and he mucked.
Now on the very next hand, this is what happened:
I had 75 off suit in the small blind and limped in and played a pot against the same opponent, and it became apparent that he would limp every hand, call every raise, and call every pot down to the river, and even call bets on the river when he was behind.
These two hands put me in a nice position with a big chip lead, so I was able to ease off and pick my spots.
However, it turned out that the player on my right was not quite so easy to dispose of as it appeared as he was also winning lots of pots and was hard to read as he played every hand exactly the same way. At one point he even seized the chip lead, which I do not like as I prefer to lead from the front.
However I was watching and figured out the best way to play him was to forget about pushing him out of a pot, but just to play down to the river and then put in a big bet if I thought I was ahead. This came in handy on the following hand where I had A9 off suit and took nearly all his chips.
and then on the following hand I had A5 suited and was able to finish him off. Very hard to figure out this player, but I think he just enjoys playing down to the river to see if he can win some big pots without any guile. The trouble is that these kind of players can wipe you out when they make a pair on the turn and another on the river, with no indication from the betting that they missed the flop, or hit the turn or river, and since they play with any two cards, there is no telling.
From that point on I won 6 of the remaining 8 pots and wiped out the other two players.
Here is the final hand: