1. As a primarily tournament only player, Im curious where people gamble for their tournament. Alot of times when watching people win tournaments I witness some serious suck-outs. Im giving people the benefit of the doubt and guessing that the frequent winners arent sucking out at some point every time they win....or are they?

    So I ask you guys who win alot, post some hands from some tournaments that you have won that was a 50/50 gamble or based off a good read. I think alot of of would be curious where we could improve our late tournament play by make gambles at the right time.
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  2. Coder,

    I think you hit on something that I truly believe. You have to pick a couple of spots to gamble to put yourself into position to win it. The key is to get into the money in decent shape and get down to the 2-3 table range. If you take 2 50/50 gambles, 25% of the time you will win them both and be in great shape to take a run at top 3. If you never gamble. you will probably not win very frequently although you may sneak into the FT.

    I simply have that mindset, that I'm gonna find a spot to take a gamble and double up to dominate the remainder of the action. One victory that pays 120x buy-ins and three twenty-something bustouts are worth far more $ than 4 8th place finishes that you might average by holding on and never taking a gamble.

    I haven't played since Monday night, but I went very deep in the Party Monday Special. There were 12 people left and I was in about 8th place with 89k in chips. The guy next to me had been pretty aggressive in SB vs BB situations and he had 88.5k in chips, just behind me. We were playing six handed and I picked up AJs in the BB. The aggressive SB player pushed all-in. I insta-called because this was my chance to really dominate the rest of the way. If I win the pot, I am basically tied for the chip lead with a weakish player. I figured the SB probably had something like KQ, A10, or 66 which would leave me in good shape. I don't figure him for AA there under any circumstance, so I'm basically no worse than a 30/70 dog and may be as high as a 70/30 or 60/40 favorite. The SB actually had AK to give me the worst case scenario and I busted out on the next hand.

    A buddy of mine asked me why I would call another big stack with that hand. I told him, I was probably ahead, but basically I was ready to gamble and score big versus avoiding confrontation and finishing 8th. I won $1600 for 12th place and 8th place paid like $4,000. I figure I risked $2,400 in "theoretical" equity for a legitimate shot at $42,000 in prize money. This is definitely a +EV play.

    Late in big tournaments, you will see very little confrontation. If you ever make a bet and get pushed on, you are probably beat because there are no loose calls. I picked up AA and KK in the last 3 tables and only won the blinds and antes. I pushed over the top with a few hands and actually picked up some pots. Sometimes, you get into the situation that if you are going to accumulate some chips, you are gonna have to force the action in a good situation because no one else is going to give action unless they have you crushed. By calling with AJs, I gave myself a litte action and a reasonable shot at a great finish.

    Sorry, I don't have the hand to post, but this is my general theory on the topic.
     
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  3. I won a double shootout a week ago for a 10k seat. The first table was very easy, and I doubled up early and just crushed the table with aggression and picking good spots. The second table was tighter and I didn't get many hands early, so come the 75/150 level there were still 6 of us in. The shorter stack was pushing often to pick up blinds, beating me to the punch. By the time we were 5 handed, I had ~2800 in chips and he had ~2100 in chips. He open shoved on the button and I had 88 in the BB. I still put his his range as a huge one, with many hand that I would race with or dominate, but racing was the strong likelyhood. I had to take an overview of the table. Often I do not want to get into probable race situations if I am calling, since I can most likely find better spots to put my money in, often when I'm the one being the aggressor. In this case, though, I felt that I was likely around 50% to win the hand, and that with a 5k stack 4-handed, with the way the other 3 people were playing, I would be able to absolutely run them over, build my stack up, and almost certainly win the table. Thus, I called with my pair feeling that doing so made me 50% likely to win the table. He had AJ, didn't hit, I won the pot, and went on to win the table. It's not about gambling it up, it's about making smart choices and having a broad outlook to know what to do with he chips that you stand to win. Being able to use a larger stack to your advantage makes it much easier to take "risks" in tournaments.
     
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  4. I am already nominating this post for the strategy archives.... hopefully this discussion will keep going..

    great posts awwnutz and gambleAB,

    thanks

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  5. Here is a "turning point" hand that I posted in my blog, www.blackdeuces.blogspot.com

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    Hand #11432336-52 at Sat2pmA-Final (No Limit tournament Hold'em)
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    Started at 28/Jan/06 17:45:14
    bbkings is at seat 0 with 22670.
    baronvonfro is at seat 1 with 29930.
    vecino is at seat 2 with 28340.
    The Piper 24 is at seat 3 with 41645.
    milehi is at seat 4 with 30280.
    matrix_31 is at seat 6 with 46610.
    jeffbeesdat is at seat 7 with 43525.
    The button is at seat 6.
    bbkings posts ante (200).
    baronvonfro posts ante (200).
    vecino posts ante (200).
    The Piper 24 posts ante (200).
    milehi posts ante (200).
    matrix_31 posts ante (200).
    jeffbeesdat posts ante (200).
    bbkings posts the small blind of 1200.
    baronvonfro posts the big blind of 2400.
    bbkings: -- --
    baronvonfro: -- --
    vecino: -- --
    The Piper 24: -- --
    milehi: -- --
    matrix_31: -- --
    jeffbeesdat: Jd Ad
    Pre-flop:
    vecino folds. The Piper 24 folds. milehi folds.
    matrix_31 raises to 10500. jeffbeesdat calls.
    bbkings folds. baronvonfro folds.
    Flop (board: Qc 7d 8s):
    matrix_31 bets 11500. jeffbeesdat goes all-in for
    32825. matrix_31 folds. jeffbeesdat is returned
    21325 (uncalled).

    Hand #11432336-52 Summary:
    No rake is taken for this hand.
    jeffbeesdat wins 49000.

    This is the hand that defined my tournament.
    Let me preface my following remarks by saying, in most No Limit tournaments, you do not want to get into a big hand with the chip leader unless you are a short stack and need to double up. One of the reasons that I chose to get into this particular hand was the fact that I had been playing with this individual for quite some time and he had proved to be extremely aggressive. When this individual raised over 4X the big blind from late position, I sensed that he was on a steal, and I most likely had the best starting hand.

    Here were my options...

    A) Fold... I was second in chips and there was no reason to put myself at risk. This would not have been a bad play.
    B) Raise... The pot was very large at this time and if I doubled his bet, raising to 21K, I would price him into the hand, giving him better than 3 to 1 on his money, leaving me at the mercy of the flop. If I raised to 30K, and he reraised over the top of me all in, I would have 3/4 of my chips in the pot. At this point I would be pot committed and priced into the hand, thus forcing me to call his all in with what was a decent but not great hand. I could potentially push all in, but this play would not allow me feel out the strength of his hand until it was too late.
    ***Note- If I had been shortstacked, I would have pushed all in, in a heartbeat.
    C) Call... Normally, calling large bets in No Limit Hold 'Em is Negative Expected Value, but I had two things going for me here. I thought that I had the best hand and I had position on the player, allowing me to watch him act first.

    When the flop came out and the matrix_31 bet out less than half the pot, I thought 1 of 2 things.

    A) He has a very strong hand.
    B) He has a weak hand and is trying to push me off the pot.

    Besides his initial raise, there were no real clues leading me to believe that he had a strong hand at this point. There WERE many clues leading me to believe that he had a weak hand at this point.

    A) He was an aggressive player.
    B) Preflop, he made an abnormally large raise, leading me to believe that he did not want a caller.
    C) Postflop, he made a weak bet at a very large pot with a non threatening board. Most players who flop a monster hand, heads up, will check the hand rather than betting small, unless there is a dangerous draw on the board.

    Note***
    Unless he was holding a pair in his hand, his odds of making a pair on the flop were only about 32%.

    Even if he flopped mid or bottom pair, I smelled weaknesses and decided that it was time to represent strength, even with my meek A hi.

    After I won this pot, I was rolling, and I cruised in to heads up with a little more than 3 to 1 chip advantage. I was whittling down by opponent with position raises in our heads match when I caught A,J once more ( a powerful hand in heads up). My opponent reraised me all in with 8,8 and I called giving us a coin flip situation. The flop, turn, and river provided no help to me and my opponent doubled up, making the game much closer.
    Fortunately, I was able to whittle away at this guy's chip stack until I finished him off when my all in with A,8 held against his Q,J.

    Hope that helps...

    If you want to read more check out www.blackdeuces.blogspot.com

    -Jeff
     
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  6. Thanks for the responses guys, I am the type that will play solid all the way down to the final table because I think thats what consistently gets you in the money and in position to win. Most live tournaments I play are pretty much crap shoots at the end...All in every hand basically until about 6 players left where you can actually raise and play some poker. So not doing anything stupid with 2 tables left is important because people will push in over the top of a raise with almost any A or pair so you have to be prepared for that. Online play is different though. There is alot more poker played for alot longer period of time (hand wise). But I frequently see people making all in calls with 88 or AJ or QK, stuff like that, and im just thinking "Where in the poker books does it say that thats a good play?". And these plays are made by top ranked players...I was just curious what drives these plays...your responses help explain it though.
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  7. night time bump?
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  8. BUMP
    a good strategy thread
    more please
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  9. I have gotten some wierd calls and folds lately from p5ers in tourneys so i really need to keep my HH posting to a minimum....
    But here are a couple critical hands in the $55 rebuy on Stars i took 2nd in.
    WIll post commentary as needed

    HAND #1 of tourney...nothing special...but it did NOT seem like the start of a good tourney lol...LOOK

    *********** # 1 **************
    PokerStars Game #3909213406: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2006/02/08 - 22:45:00 (ET)
    Table '19224876 8' Seat #1 is the button
    Seat 1: EggBall (1500 in chips)
    Seat 2: SobeJim (1500 in chips)
    Seat 3: cachimbon (1500 in chips)
    Seat 4: karecon (1500 in chips)
    Seat 6: gboro780 (1500 in chips)
    Seat 7: apestyles (1500 in chips)
    Seat 8: Marinersheep (3000 in chips)
    Seat 9: isuck123 (3000 in chips)
    SobeJim: posts small blind 10
    cachimbon: posts big blind 20
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Ac Qh]
    gboro780 re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $50.00
    karecon: calls 20
    gboro780: calls 20
    apestyles: folds
    Marinersheep: folds
    isuck123: raises 2980 to 3000 and is all-in
    EggBall: calls 1500 and is all-in
    karecon re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $50.00
    SobeJim: folds
    cachimbon: folds
    karecon: calls 1480 and is all-in
    gboro780: calls 1480 and is all-in
    *** FLOP *** [As Tc 9h]
    apestyles re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $50.00
    *** TURN *** [As Tc 9h] [8h]
    *** RIVER *** [As Tc 9h 8h] [8s]
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    karecon: shows [Kd Kc] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
    gboro780: shows [6h 7h] (a straight, Six to Ten)
    isuck123: shows [Ac Qh] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
    EggBall: shows [Jd Td] (two pair, Tens and Eights)
    gboro780 collected 6030 from pot
    apestyles said, "haha"
    EggBall re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $50.00
    apestyles said, "ownage"
    isuck123 re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $50.00
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 6030 | Rake 0
    Board [As Tc 9h 8h 8s]
    Seat 1: EggBall (button) showed [Jd Td] and lost with two pair, Tens and Eights
    Seat 2: SobeJim (small blind) folded before Flop
    Seat 3: cachimbon (big blind) folded before Flop
    Seat 4: karecon showed [Kd Kc] and lost with two pair, Kings and Eights
    Seat 6: gboro780 showed [6h 7h] and won (6030) with a straight, Six to Ten
    Seat 7: apestyles folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 8: Marinersheep folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 9: isuck123 showed [Ac Qh] and lost with two pair, Aces and Eigh

    THIS NEXT HAND IS MAYBE THE MOST PIVOTAL HAND IN THE TOURNEY

    *********** # 92 **************
    PokerStars Game #3910317799: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level VI (100/200) - 2006/02/09 - 00:13:23 (ET)
    Table '19224876 8' Seat #5 is the button
    Seat 1: EggBall (9400 in chips) is sitting out
    Seat 3: pick_six1 (2605 in chips)
    Seat 4: karecon (17705 in chips) (he is in top 20 in chips)
    Seat 5: jcamby33 (6876 in chips)
    Seat 6: gboro780 (7175 in chips)
    Seat 7: apestyles (9420 in chips)
    Seat 8: Marinersheep (4775 in chips)
    Seat 9: isuck123 (25274 in chips) (currently still CL)
    gboro780: posts small blind 100
    apestyles: posts big blind 200
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Js As]
    Marinersheep: folds
    isuck123: raises 400 to 600
    EggBall: folds
    pick_six1: folds
    karecon: calls 600
    jcamby33: folds
    jcamby33 said, "didnt matter your whole cards there"
    EggBall has returned
    gboro780: folds
    apestyles: calls 400
    *** FLOP *** [6d Ad Jd] (OK, i flopped top 2 pair....but 3 frigging Diamonds AND a str8 draw)
    apestyles: checks
    isuck123: bets 5000 (an ABSOLUTE MONSTER OVERBET...if someone is going to call me they better have the flush allready OR have flopped a set and pray i dont have it)
    karecon said, "nice bet" (#1 why say this out loud?)
    karecon: raises 12105 to 17105 and is all-in (took forever to think...when he called my raise originally, an EP raise from a player who at this point was reasonably tight and would not raise with crap i assumed he had either a PAIR or Ax most likely AK or AQ. When he talks out loud and then reraised all in i assumed his most likely hand was AK with the Kd....he would assume he had top pair BETTER kicker then me (he couldnt know i 2 paired) and figured if a 4th d hit he had nut flush.. I also felt if he had nut flush, he would just call me, AND , most importantly, it was HIGHLY UNLIKELY he had a middle flush, because that woul dmean he called my preflop EP raise with a hand like 10dJd .....just didnt think so)
    apestyles: folds
    isuck123: calls 12105
    *** TURN *** [6d Ad Jd] [Jc](turn makes his hand irelevant)
    isuck123 said, "gg"
    *** RIVER *** [6d Ad Jd Jc] [5d](cruel Stars sick sense of humour twists the knife on him to make his meaningless flush on river)
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    isuck123: shows [Js As] (a full house, Jacks full of Aces)
    karecon: shows [Ks Kd] (a flush, Ace high)
    isuck123 collected 36110 from pot
    gouths is connected
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 36110 | Rake 0
    Board [6d Ad Jd Jc 5d]
    Seat 1: EggBall folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 3: pick_six1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 4: karecon showed [Ks Kd] and lost with a flush, Ace high
    Seat 5: jcamby33 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 6: gboro780 (small blind) folded before Flop
    Seat 7: apestyles (big blind) folded on the Flop
    Seat 8: Marinersheep folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 9: isuck123 showed [Js As] and won (36110) with a full house, Jacks full of Aces

    Huge discussion at table ensued with basically everyone saying he just should have folded as it was painfully obvious i had the hand and was pushing everyone off any possible draw

    *********** # 246 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911333098: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XIII (1000/2000) - 2006/02/09 - 02:08:58 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #1 is the button
    Seat 1: UMTerp (47490 in chips)
    Seat 2: Arthur Wang (18593 in chips)
    Seat 3: isuck123 (95919 in chips)
    Seat 4: woltas (32063 in chips)
    Seat 5: gobears (55770 in chips)
    Seat 6: bloFISHmee (11100 in chips)
    Seat 7: ElMastermind (31766 in chips)
    Seat 9: gwilkx (52953 in chips)
    UMTerp: posts the ante 100
    Arthur Wang: posts the ante 100
    isuck123: posts the ante 100
    woltas: posts the ante 100
    gobears: posts the ante 100
    bloFISHmee: posts the ante 100
    ElMastermind: posts the ante 100
    gwilkx: posts the ante 100
    Arthur Wang: posts small blind 1000
    isuck123: posts big blind 2000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Jc Js]
    isuck123 said, "lmao"
    woltas: folds
    gobears: folds
    bloFISHmee: folds
    ElMastermind: raises 4000 to 6000
    gwilkx: folds
    UMTerp: folds
    Arthur Wang: folds
    isuck123: calls 4000(good starting hand, but no reason to go crazy here, i see a flop and see if overs flop and take it from there since i act first)
    *** FLOP *** [Jd Kd 8s] (HELLO!)
    isuck123: checks
    ElMastermind: bets 8000
    isuck123: raises 8000 to 16000 (hes betting the King, hes committed,....he is gonna go all in on me if i rasie)
    ElMastermind: raises 9666 to 25666 and is all-in
    isuck123: calls 9666
    *** TURN *** [Jd Kd 8s] [5c]
    isuck123 said, "gg"
    *** RIVER *** [Jd Kd 8s 5c] [9c]
    ElMastermind said, "gg"
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    isuck123: shows [Jc Js] (three of a kind, Jacks)
    ElMastermind: shows [Td Kh] (a pair of Kings)
    isuck123 collected 65132 from pot
    Exclusive is connected
    isuck123 said, "note to table"
    isuck123 said, "do NOT raise my BB without a REALLY GOOD hand (ME BEING ME)

    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 65132 | Rake 0
    Board [Jd Kd 8s 5c 9c]
    Seat 1: UMTerp (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 2: Arthur Wang (small blind) folded before Flop
    Seat 3: isuck123 (big blind) showed [Jc Js] and won (65132) with three of a kind, Jacks
    Seat 4: woltas folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 5: gobears folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 6: bloFISHmee folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 7: ElMastermind showed [Td Kh] and lost with a pair of Kings
    Seat 9: gwilkx folded before Flop (didn't bet)

    *********** # 250 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911352309: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XIII (1000/2000) - 2006/02/09 - 02:11:54 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #5 is the button
    Seat 1: UMTerp (47090 in chips)
    Seat 2: Arthur Wang (17193 in chips)
    Seat 3: isuck123 (121985 in chips)
    Seat 4: woltas (28663 in chips)
    Seat 5: gobears (52370 in chips)
    Seat 6: bloFISHmee (12500 in chips)
    Seat 8: Exclusive (56190 in chips)
    Seat 9: gwilkx (52553 in chips)
    UMTerp: posts the ante 100
    Arthur Wang: posts the ante 100
    isuck123: posts the ante 100
    woltas: posts the ante 100
    gobears: posts the ante 100
    bloFISHmee: posts the ante 100
    Exclusive: posts the ante 100
    gwilkx: posts the ante 100
    bloFISHmee: posts small blind 1000
    Exclusive: posts big blind 2000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Jd Ad]
    gwilkx: folds
    Exclusive said, "no i suk"
    UMTerp: folds
    Arthur Wang: folds
    Exclusive said, "had 100k"
    Exclusive said, "10 mins ago"
    isuck123: raises 4000 to 6000
    woltas: folds
    gobears: folds
    bloFISHmee: folds
    isuck123 said, "i heard"
    Exclusive: raises 50090 to 56090 and is all-in
    isuck123: folds (my tourney will NOT depend on AJ!)
    Exclusive collected 13800 from pot
    Exclusive: shows [As Ks] (high card Ace)
    isuck123 said, "AQ"
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 13800 | Rake 0
    Seat 1: UMTerp folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 2: Arthur Wang folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 3: isuck123 folded before Flop
    Seat 4: woltas folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 5: gobears (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 6: bloFISHmee (small blind) folded before Flop
    Seat 8: Exclusive (big blind) collected (13800)
    Seat 9: gwilkx folded before Flop (didn't bet


    ft NOW....
    test
    test
    *********** # 393 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911796452: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XVIII (6000/12000) - 2006/02/09 - 03:35:44 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #3 is the button
    Seat 1: Martine23 (190219 in chips)
    Seat 2: chase27 (67236 in chips)
    Seat 3: isuck123 (188790 in chips)
    Seat 4: baby sheevs (161700 in chips)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (235580 in chips)
    Seat 7: Bonsy (134975 in chips)
    Martine23: posts the ante 600
    chase27: posts the ante 600
    isuck123: posts the ante 600
    baby sheevs: posts the ante 600
    koolkeith13: posts the ante 600
    Bonsy: posts the ante 600
    baby sheevs: posts small blind 6000
    koolkeith13: posts big blind 12000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Kd Ah]
    Bonsy: folds
    Martine23: folds
    chase27: folds
    BeL0WaB0Ve [observer] said, "WE CANT ALL BE AQNOREXIC LIKE YOU KEN"
    isuck123: raises 36000 to 48000
    baby sheevs: folds
    koolkeith13: calls 36000
    *** FLOP *** [3c 2h Tc]
    koolkeith13: checks
    isuck123: checks (he called a BIG preflop raise...now is NOT the time for a continuation bet in case he is trapping me)
    *** TURN *** [3c 2h Tc] [Kc]
    elmyo [observer] said, "look who came from down under"
    koolkeith13: checks
    koolkeith13 said, "3 stars QWN"
    isuck123: bets 140190 and is all-in
    koolkeith13: folds
    isuck123 said, "did u win?"
    elmyo [observer] said, "no pun intended"
    isuck123 collected 105600 from pot
    isuck123: doesn't show hand
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 105600 | Rake 0
    Board [3c 2h Tc Kc]
    Seat 1: Martine23 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 2: chase27 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 3: isuck123 (button) collected (105600)
    Seat 4: baby sheevs (small blind) folded before Flop
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (big blind) folded on the Turn
    Seat 7: Bonsy folded before Flop (didn't bet)

    *********** # 444 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911880255: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XX (10000/20000) - 2006/02/09 - 03:56:52 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #5 is the button
    Seat 1: Martine23 (224922 in chips)
    Seat 3: isuck123 (173410 in chips)
    Seat 4: baby sheevs (165500 in chips)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (414668 in chips)
    Martine23: posts the ante 1000
    isuck123: posts the ante 1000
    baby sheevs: posts the ante 1000
    koolkeith13: posts the ante 1000
    Martine23: posts small blind 10000
    isuck123: posts big blind 20000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Jc Jh] (4 handed i have JJ,...i have ZERO SHOT at folding here)
    baby sheevs: folds
    koolkeith13: folds
    Martine23: raises 120000 to 140000 (huge overbet...might as well have just pushed,...he was SB im BB)
    isuck123: raises 32410 to 172410 and is all-in
    Martine23: calls 32410
    *** FLOP *** [Qh Jd Td]
    isuck123 said, "HOLD!"
    baby sheevs said, "k9"
    koolkeith13 said, "gl"
    baby sheevs said, "oops"
    *** TURN *** [Qh Jd Td] [Kh]
    *** RIVER *** [Qh Jd Td Kh] [6d]
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    Martine23: shows [Ks 7h] (a pair of Kings)
    isuck123: shows [Jc Jh] (three of a kind, Jacks)
    isuck123 collected 348820 from pot
    koolkeith13 said, "nh"
    isuck123 said, "ty"
    freakboyy [observer] said, "weeeeeeeeeeee"
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 348820 | Rake 0
    Board [Qh Jd Td Kh 6d]
    Seat 1: Martine23 (small blind) showed [Ks 7h] and lost with a pair of Kings
    Seat 3: isuck123 (big blind) showed [Jc Jh] and won (348820) with three of a kind, Jacks
    Seat 4: baby sheevs folded before Flop (didn't bet)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (button) folded before Flop (didn't b

    -*********** # 464 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911905463: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XX (10000/20000) - 2006/02/09 - 04:03:51 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #3 is the button
    Seat 3: isuck123 (281820 in chips)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (696680 in chips)
    isuck123: posts the ante 1000
    koolkeith13: posts the ante 1000
    isuck123: posts small blind 10000
    koolkeith13: posts big blind 20000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [Ah Tc]
    isuck123: calls 10000(I went into HU shorthanded...this is a RAISING HAND HU but i need to risk it and take a shot he fires at me)
    koolkeith13: raises 40000 to 60000
    isuck123: raises 220820 to 280820 and is all-in
    koolkeith13: calls 220820
    *** FLOP *** [3s 6s Ac]
    isuck123 said, "AAAAAAAAA"
    koolkeith13 said, "plz 1 time"
    koolkeith13 said, "nh"
    *** TURN *** [3s 6s Ac] [6d]
    *** RIVER *** [3s 6s Ac 6d] [8d]
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    koolkeith13: shows [Qh Ks] (a pair of Sixes)
    isuck123: shows [Ah Tc] (two pair, Aces and Sixes)
    isuck123 collected 563640 from pot
    baby sheevs [observer] said, "nh"
    isuck123 said, "ty"
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 563640 | Rake 0
    Board [3s 6s Ac 6d 8d]
    Seat 3: isuck123 (button) (small blind) showed [Ah Tc] and won (563640) with two pair, Aces and Sixes
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (big blind) showed [Qh Ks] and lost with a pair of Six

    *********** # 492 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911951037: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XXI (15000/30000) - 2006/02/09 - 04:17:04 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #3 is the button
    Seat 3: isuck123 (401140 in chips)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (577360 in chips)
    isuck123: posts the ante 1500
    koolkeith13: posts the ante 1500
    isuck123: posts small blind 15000
    koolkeith13: posts big blind 30000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [6s Kc]
    isuck123: raises 60000 to 90000
    koolkeith13: calls 60000
    *** FLOP *** [5h Qd 9d]
    koolkeith13: checks
    isuck123: checks
    *** TURN *** [5h Qd 9d] [4h]
    koolkeith13: bets 90000
    isuck123: raises 219640 to 309640 and is all-in (Pot simply too big to fold and i felt he had crap)
    koolkeith13: folds
    isuck123 collected 363000 from pot
    isuck123: shows [6s Kc] (high card King) (everyone on rail rarely sees me make a big bluff, espec HU for all my chips, so showed lol...maybe next time i am all in with a set i get a call....)
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 363000 | Rake 0
    Board [5h Qd 9d 4h]
    Seat 3: isuck123 (button) (small blind) collected (363000)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (big blind) folded on the Tur

    *********** # 498 **************
    PokerStars Game #3911958189: Tournament #19224876, Hold'em No Limit - Level XXI (15000/30000) - 2006/02/09 - 04:19:15 (ET)
    Table '19224876 21' Seat #3 is the button
    Seat 3: isuck123 (536140 in chips)
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (442360 in chips)
    isuck123: posts the ante 1500
    koolkeith13: posts the ante 1500
    isuck123: posts small blind 15000
    koolkeith13: posts big blind 30000
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to isuck123 [5d Jd]
    isuck123: calls 15000
    koolkeith13: checks
    *** FLOP *** [5c 2c 2h]
    koolkeith13: checks
    isuck123: bets 90000
    koolkeith13: raises 320860 to 410860 and is all-in (I know i know i KNOW he is check rasiing me all in on a draw hoping i fold)
    isuck123: calls 320860 (i am right, i am ahead...2-1 i win this hand now)
    DaNatural22 [observer] said, "hold"
    isuck123 said, "5"
    DaNatural22 [observer] said, "hoils"
    isuck123 said, "2"
    *** TURN *** [5c 2c 2h] [Kd] (still ahead, 1 card from winning tourney)
    isuck123 said, "5"
    isuck123 said, "2"
    *** RIVER *** [5c 2c 2h Kd] [3c] (Lee and PS SMD LMB!!!!)
    *** SHOW DOWN ***
    koolkeith13: shows [8c Tc] (a flush, Ten high)
    isuck123: shows [5d Jd] (two pair, Fives and Deuces)
    isuck123 said, "oihwgqpihqfoihd jbvd l dkj dv]"
    koolkeith13 collected 884720 from pot
    elmyo [observer] said, "nice@"
    isuck123 said, "'jesus"
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 884720 | Rake 0
    Board [5c 2c 2h Kd 3c]
    Seat 3: isuck123 (button) (small blind) showed [5d Jd] and lost with two pair, Fives and Deuces
    Seat 5: koolkeith13 (big blind) showed [8c Tc] and won (884720) with a flush, Ten hig
     
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  10. I think some of the most important tournament hands happen when you're down to 11-12 players and both tables are playing extremely tight and/or submitting to chipleaders in an attempt to avoid bubbling the FT, and move up the pay scale. Several months ago I was deep in the nightly paradise 10r on only 1 buy-in after a horrible first hour that left me with a stack not even worth adding on to. With 11 players left, i'm in 2nd (with 2-5 having about the same stack, the rest short) and the chipleader is directly to my right. CL has been throwing his chips around without mercy since busting #'s 14, 13, and 12 in a span of about 2 minutes. Action folds to him in the cutoff and he shoves again (something like 6 out of the last 8 pots preflop). I have a8 off... and normally i'd never call all of my chips off with this hand in any spot - not to mention the FT bubble of a decent sized tourney where 1st paid around 2k.

    I know I have the best hand, so I start thinking about my options - all the while thinking to myself - "wait, I don't even call standard raises with this hand!" I start thinking about what he might have - just about anything. He's shoved so many times in the past 2 orbits - I figured at least 2 of them had to be total bluffs. I give him a range and decide to narrow it down to a few types of hands.

    1) High pair (8's+) possible, but unlikely
    2) Ace with a better kicker - again, unlikely
    3) A rag - probable
    4) 77 or lower pair - probable
    5) KJ, QJ, etc, etc. - probable
    6) Total Bluff - probable

    I can't really say that I thought very deeply about this desicion. The game was so intense, and I was so completely immersed. All of the scenarios rushed through my mind - and it took me all of about 3 seconds to decide to get my money in, figuring i'd probably be ahead in this situation at least half the time, and that neither of the blinds would call with less than AA or KK knowing my knockout would be the FT bubble, I call it and he flips over A3. I double up, and gasp a sigh of relief... knowing that I just made my best call yet in my young poker career.

    The CL wasn't to happy with my call... typical Hellmuth-style "how can you call with that". I think at this very moment, I had some sort of poker epiphany - For the first time I was willing to call my chips off because the situation warranted my response, or defense if you will. The aggressor had been in full attack/steamroller mode for about 5 orbits... It was time to slow him down, even though I knew my hand was nothing special, and that I could easily be out with chump change in 11th if I was wrong, or if he "sucked out". In the end, I know it was nothing more than an instinctual reaction, mixed with a quick dose of probability. I didn't win the tourney, but I did finish 2nd, unable to overcome a 10-1 defecit when we started heads up. If I didn't have the nerve to get my money in, in that spot, I have no doubt that I would have had an extremely hard time getting past 5th place, which paid peanuts compared to 1-3. This one hand taught me more about tournaments than my entire 3 months of "serious" play up until that point.
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