BBT2 - Strike 1
The Big Game was first up on the big 3 for me to qualify this week. Strike one, and now I look to tonight at the MATH. I was card dead early winning about 2 pots in the first 50 hands. I then woke up a bit and got to the 3600-3800 range for a while. I would get into a tough spot in a Battle of the blinds situation when I had to let my A9 go due to kicker issues post flop facing too much pressure. And then this hand with Kat, which looks like a straight forward coinflip, but is actually a bit interesting. Lets take a look.
FullTiltPoker Game #3928192131: Blogger Big Game (29406550)
Table 6 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:51:14 ET - 2007/10/21
Seat 1: rpinner (8,310)
Seat 3: BuddyDank (2,615)
Seat 4: katitude (2,695)
Seat 5: a104l9 (4,115)
Seat 7: SnailTrax (2,950)
Seat 8: Blinders (3,085)
Seat 9: Fishiswa (4,160)
a104l9 posts the small blind of 80
SnailTrax posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to Blinders [Ac Ks]
I am under the gun, and with a well below average stack, I need to try to make something from this hand. Easy standard raise.
Blinders raises to 480
katitude raises to 800
It will be heads-up. The minimum raise is a bit interesting. I can fold, call, or push. I think a case can be made for all three here. I thought about folding first, but it is just too late in the tourney to be that concerned that I am up against exactly AA or KK the one time I pick up a good starting hand. I put kat on a pretty good hand here though. AA-TT, AK, AQ. Something like that. a smaller pair would have called or pushed vs min raise there. So I thought about just pushing into that range, but figured I am getting called most of the time. So I play it pretty safe and take the nice odds of just calling the 320 more, and waiting to see if I hit the flop before committing.
Blinders calls 320
*** FLOP *** [Jh Ad Qd]
At first that looks like a great flop. I hit my Ace, but then you need to think about the range you are against. The whole range I put her on is ahead of me except exactly TT and KK or AK for a push. I doubt she pushes TT there, but possibly KK and AK I guess. This is a situation at the cash tables that is very foldable because of the stack depths, but more difficult in an MTT. You put the player on TT-QQ, and you have AA. The flop comes QJT, and you just know your already beat when the other guy fires. I check it to kat to get some info.
katitude bets 1,895, and is all in
Well I guess she caught something. If she did, I got 4 outs max. I checked to leave myself the chance to fold here. I call instead.
Blinders calls 1,895
katitude shows [Qs Qc]
Blinders shows [Ac Ks]
*** TURN *** [Jh Ad Qd] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Jh Ad Qd Kc] [3h]
katitude shows three of a kind, Queens
Blinders shows two pair, Aces and Kings
katitude wins the pot (5,630) with three of a kind, Queens
You guys play it different pre or post flop? I think I did ok up until calling at the end.