Saturday, November 12, 2011
Cooler or bad play?
Above: The Horseshoe Casino Tunica is the site of a 10-day tournament that is wrapping up this weekend.
I hadn't made it back to the Horseshoe this week until yesterday. One day a doctor's appointment, one day a meeting and one day something else. I thought I was supposed to have all this free time when I retired. What's up with that?
Yesterday, I played again. The tournament began at noon, cost $340 to enter, gave 12,000 in chips to each of 93 runners who decided to give it a try.
After seven hours, we were down to 16 players. The average stack size was ~55k and I had 45-ish. We had just reformed to two tables, so I didn't have an image with many of the players. The blinds were 1600/800/200 so there was 4000 in the pot before any betting.
It folded to the button who raised to 3600. The small blind mucked and I checked my hole cards to see ♠A ♠K.
Obviously, folding is out of the question, so I have three choices. I could just call to see a flop. I think this is weak. I could raise to 10K or so. The problem with this is you're almost pot-committed. I mean if he re-raises to 25K are you going to fold? I could just shove. This has the advantage of (possibly) folding out a hand like J-J or 10-10. The disadvantage is that you might be racing for your tournament life or you might be behind A-A or K-K.
If you just call, the flop is K-7-4 rainbow. Now what? Would you give up the hand now? Of course not.
At the table, I shoved, and the villain had A-A. A king came on the flop, but a second one didn't, and I was walking to the rail. It always seems like a bad play after you've shoved into aces.
Was I always destined to be stacked or could I have avoided this? If I had a good-sized stack, maybe I could have gotten away from it, but being slightly short-stacked means (I think) I was destined to lose and whine in my blog.
Photo taken yesterday with my P&S.