Monday, October 22, 2012
Don't give in to tilt
There wasn't much money involved, but I was happy with how I played the tournament shown above today. With 12 players left, one shoved with 30 big blinds. It folded to me and I was happy to call with A-A. He turned over 6-6. Folks, don't move all in with a small pocket pair when you still have plenty of chips -- just sayin'.
The flop came with a 6, naturally, and so the fish had plenty of chips and I had three big blinds left. I had an urge to shove and hope to get lucky, but I didn't do that. I waited and finally got a decent hand (don't remember what), doubled up and started my come-back. It's easy to get ticked off and think "aw screw it." That's what I meant when I wrote above that I was happy with how I played. I didn't give in to tilt.
When we were heads up, the villain had a 3:1 chip advantage. I whittled him down to only two to one, then the final deal. I had ♣8 ♣7 and raised from the button. He called and the flop was ♣5 ♣6 ♦10. The villain bet and I shoved. With 15 outs, I'm 56+% to improve to either a flush or a straight. He called and showed two pair: ♥5 ♠6.
Notice I said I was 56+% to improve. I didn't say I was 56% to win the pot. I could hit a flush or straight and he could still make a full house.
I didn't improve, so c'est la vie.