Gutless or Smart?
I'm in the $10 NLHE tourney on UB. $3,000 GTD and 1st pays over $500. Top 30 places pay off. I have gone through an extended card drought and the blinds/antes have whittled my stack down to 2500 chips. 600/300 blinds with a 75 ante. I'm sitting 31st out of 33, one slot out of the money.
I catch KJ offsuit in the small blind. Two limpers, no raises. I raise to a modest 2xBB (1200), hoping I'll at least chase the BB, and maybe one of the limpers. Big blind doesn't buy it and raises enough to put me all-in. The button calls on the other side of me.
I'm now down to less than one more betting round's worth of chips and I'm one spot out of the money. I consider the size of the pot (large enough to vault me back into the top 15) and the amount of time I've already invested in the tournament (2-1/2+ hours) and whether walking away empty-handed is worth playing the KJ.
Agonizing decision, but I fold. BB turns over AQ and button turns over A8. Board fills up KJ844. Button wins with 8's & 4's. My KJ was solid gold. That's the closest I get to any more cards and eventually get anted out with rags. Collect my entry plus $3 and change.
My head tells
me I made the "smart" play, but my poker gut tells me I'm a big girly-man for mucking that hand. How would you guys have played it here?