Crazy Night at the 26K
Holy fuck is that a donkfest. I had a decent time. I got pocket pairs 5 times in the first half hour.. nice ones like Jacks, Queens, Tens, and Kings and ok a baby pair of sevens.. EVERY SINGLE TIME I WAS AGAINST BIGGER PAIRS. Holy fuck was poker out to get me last night. So after losing a bunch on these hands and sucking out once jacks vs kings on a T84 board.. I was down to a chip and a chair.. ok, well, 400 chips.. Normally I like giving up here because man was I fuming.
Instead I took a few breaths.. sat out a few hands.. called to the calm that I find so illusive in poker.. and settled down to play. I chipped up and did not get too crazy and finally found myself on the the money bubble and past. I finished up in 100th place or so with an interesting play..
I have about 12K in chips after pulling off two decent steals. I am in the SB and the blinds are I think 800/400 with an ante. They may have been a little higher. So when it is HU between me and the BB and I have pocket sixes I decide to raise pot. This leave me with 8K. The BB thinks for 3 seconds and JAMS his entire stack in.
I consider. I figure he is just mad at me raising his blind and likely does not have a great hand. I am guessing we are racing. Because no matter what he has I am likely racing. So I say "Ok let's gamble" and call.. He shows Ace.. eight.. offsuit.. and I go home for the night.
So is this a spot where you gamble and try and get a 24K stack and make a deeper run or where your deep enough that you fold and wait for a better situation. I keep running into instances like that.. where I know I am ahead but only slightly.. like 60/40.. I am in the money.. I am somewhat deep.. and I decide the right move is to gamble and try and make a stack. Is this what the big players do? Iak? Hoy? Or do they pick a better spot? I tend to think that winning players consider it "Just another MTT" and gamble here when they think they are ahead.. am I wrong?
** EDIT: Please when commenting do not consider what the other person "possibly" could have. I trust my read here that he has no pair. I know I will never convince anyone that this is true so lets just assume we can see his cards. So if the cards are face up and you see he has A8 what is your move.
Anyway.. feeling good about my game. I screwed up my internet connection last night installing my new router. I need to get that fixed quick. If I do I am playing in the 50/50 tonight.. otherwise I will have to find a different game.
Good luck to most of you.