11-27-05 [poker]I hate how weakly I played this hand, but it's one of those special situations. This is a $30 three-table and we're near the bubble. I'm big stack by far, and I'm trying to avoid tangoing with the #2 stack who could hurt me. I want to get in battles with everyone else, who are all short stacks. In this hand I get in with the #2 stack and I play it like a pussy.
Seat 1: shescot43 (3380) Seat 2: Jodantc (2420) Seat 3: chukb (10930) Seat 4: Piscato (5875) Seat 5: cardiackid1 (3165) Seat 6: semaj78 (2525) Seat 10: terrpetz (1705) Piscato posts small blind (150) cardiackid1 posts big blind (300) ** Dealing down cards ** Dealt to chukb [ 8h, 8d ] semaj78 folds. terrpetz folds. shescot43 folds. Jodantc folds. chukb raises (900) to 900 Standard 3x button raise with the 88 Piscato calls (750) The #2 stack calls me. He's been reraising with very good hands, so I mostly rule those out. This is probably like KQ or Ax or a low pair or something like that. cardiackid1 folds. ** Dealing Flop ** : [ 5c, 9h, 2s ] Piscato bets (1200) chukb calls (1200) He leads out half pot. I think there's a very good chance I'm good. A set would probably check. I'm basically ruling out overpairs because he's been reraising them. ** Dealing Turn ** : [ 6d ] Piscato bets (3775) Piscato is all-In. I'm almost certainly ahead. His bet is less than pot size. I think AK is possible. A9 is the only hand I'm really worried about beating me. I think hands like 77 are possible, as is A5.
If he was a good player, he'd know not to tangle with me unless he had a monster. He wouldn't want to go out on the bubble because he fucked around with the big stack. Of course if he was a really tricky pro, he might attack me just because I know that he shouldn't play with me without a monster, but we can safely rule that out. I think he was actually a moron not considering the bubble and the stacks, so all those considerations just don't apply to reading him.
In any case, I folded to get in a better situation later, which I got. I put him allin when I had two pair and he had one pair, of course the board later paired and he won with the higher kicker.