11-11-05 [poker]Just got out of another tournament. 540 players, I made 42nd for a tiny bit of cash. All the cash is in the top ten, so I barely tripled my buyin for three hours of work. I was near the big stack with 60 to go, and then took a series of bad beats. I was getting exactly the situations I wanted - allins against the very short stacks where I was a good favorite, usually around 60/40. I took a beat with AT against 97, and suddenly I was an average stack and had to scrap, and blew out with another rough beat (A3 beat by K9). God damn, I'm doing so well in these things and can get deep almost every time, but then I can't make a high place, I keep getting the wrong luck at the very end.
This is the only hand in the tournament I think I made a mistake on. This is just after I've been crippled down to an average stack, the blinds are very big. The big stack "goblue2524" has just been moved to this table so I don't know much about him, but I think he's open raising with a wide range of hands. I make the call in the BB here reluctantly - I have a nice hand to see a flop, and it's good odds to call, but it's a tenth of my stack to call.
***** Hand History for Game 3020638716 ***** 1000/2000 Tourney Texas Hold'em Game Table (NL) (Tournament 17325343) - Fri Nov 11 18:08:10 EST 2005 Table Multi-Table(509870) Table 2 (Real Money) -- Seat 7 is the button Total number of players : 9 Seat 1: goblue2524 (26072) Seat 2: burlysmurf (4094) Seat 4: NOLUK222 (6850) Seat 5: C_Land (8876) Seat 6: aaaabbbb573 (7955) Seat 7: counterspy5 (4225) Seat 8: zzramsay (6539) Seat 9: chukb (10871) Seat 10: Lucky1314 (13173) zzramsay posts small blind (500) chukb posts big blind (1000) ** Dealing down cards ** Dealt to chukb [ 5d, 4d ] Lucky1314 folds. goblue2524 raises (2000) to 2000 burlysmurf folds. NOLUK222 folds. C_Land folds. aaaabbbb573 folds. counterspy5 folds. zzramsay folds. chukb calls (1000) ** Dealing Flop ** : [ 9s, 8h, 9d ] chukb checks. goblue2524 bets (2000) chukb folds.
The mistake I think is that I should have led out all-in on the flop. Another option would be to just fold it preflop, which is the safe simple option. He almost surely has two overs and probably won't call. In any case, I think this is a relatively small mistake. Calling preflop and folding (as I did) is one of the only options that should be ruled out.