Everyone folds to pro on button who raises to 420 (had ~5700 total)
SB reraises to ~1400 (had ~5000 total)
Pro pushes all in with KQs and gets called by 99, K hits the flop and pro takes down a massive pot early in the tournament
What's the reasoning behind this play? Fold equity? Wouldn't it be better to give them credit and fold 420 chips with the blinds as small as they are?</span>
He probably thought he was either in front or a small underdog (as was the case). There are a lot of pro poker players who like to gain a big stack early in the tourney or bust, especially with a large field, and are willing to risk a lot to gain that big stack. They know that with a big stack theyre chances to go deep improve drastically. Off course some other pro players value their tourney live a lot more and would not be ready to gamble it up with KQs here. Probably a matter of different playing styles.
Silent hit this on the head. Especially with a pro, he (or she) could feel that they can pick up lots of pots (and chips) uncontested with a big stack. It also gives them the options to take flips later to add to their stack, without their life being on the line.
Plus, in MTT's, you are going to have to win some flips, a pro might rather win it early, so they at least have time to play other tournaments (or do something else) if they aren't going to win here.