Saturday, August 11, 2012
Time to reevaluate?
I've been thinking about the way I play poker tournaments. By that, I mean local tournaments. The best regular tournament is the 4 p.m. tournament at the Horseshoe on Saturdays. you get 12K in chips, the levels are 30-minutes and the blinds don't zoom up at the speed of light.
When I play in WSOP Circuit Events or WPT Satellite Events, playing tight is clearly right. Players who over-do bluffing and making moves are making a big mistake. In the local tournaments, however, I'm beginning to think it's right to loosen up.
I played today and was card dead. After nearly three hours of play, I had won exactly one pot: ♥Q ♦J while in the big blind versus the small blind. I bet the jack-high flop and he called. I bet when a low card came on fourth street, and bet again when a queen (giving me top two pair) came on the river.
When the blinds were 600/300/75, a loose cannon raised to 3500 from early position. He had previously made one of these overbets and later shown ♥K ♥8 when called by a short stack. I had 9250 chips left and peeked at my hole cards to see ♠J ♣J staring back at me. I didn't see the point of calling (and perhaps enticing someone else to call), so I moved all in.
The button studied for a bit, then he announced all in. The original bettor surprised me by also calling and turning over ♣A ♥K. The problem, however, was that the button showed ♥A ♦A. I didn't improve and was out.
This deal shows the problem with being a cautious player. I never build up enough chips (early on) to withstand a cooler or a bad beat.