How to Deal With Chasers
We had a 21 person 3 table tourney last night. There are about maybe 8-10 of us that have been trying to learn the game and getting better. Lately we have been playing very well against each other.
Last night, we were getting bounced early. I was second one out after this hand:
I had KQ suited. We started w/ $1500 chips and were all pretty much even. I bet $300 (blinds were 5/10 - but most of our players only
think we have 50 and 100 dollar chips). Got two callers. Flop comes out K6Q - flopped top 2 pair. Pot was $910 - I bet $500. Got a caller. River comes out A and he bets $200...I reraise to $500 and he goes all-in...most of my chips are in the pot so I call. He flips over J 10 - straight.
His post turn play was great...but I had put him on a pair of Ks and maybe K6. Thought my preflop and postflop bet would have gotten rid of drawing hands. Nope - he even said afterward that he chases.
What really sucked - he was at final table.
There were four or five stories of that same thing happening around the room. Lots of river rats cashing in and getting lucky.
So we started another game w/ some of us that were bounced and it was actually a much better game - more grinding going on. Finished second in that one...but played heads up w/ the chip leader who had me about 5 to 1 for a while before finally losing to trips w/ my two pair.
Anyway - after all that - here is my question. When you are playing with a bunch of fish and chasers...ones you can't push off of pots early, how do you play that? I know in the long run they can't win chasing things. But it's to the point that you are afraid to make large bets until after the river and you KNOW what you have. Because if you bet large to push drawing hands off, they call anyway and they get to draw against you. Long run, they'll miss their draws - but when they hit it, you are out. If I sit back and only play the nuts, my stack starts to dwindle.
The two guys that were heads up - one went All-In w/ AQ suited (he's actually not too bad, a little wreckless, but consistent). The other guy calls - he flips 2-3 suited...and that's how he had played all night. Of course he lost - but how did he get to the final table playing like that?
Anyway - the "semi-serious" players - we were looking at an entirely diff final table than we are use to over at his house...maybe 2 out of the 10 we would have placed at the beginning. None of us had answers. We all felt like we had best hands going in, and they caught a flush/straight/trips on the river. But that's because they'd chase no matter what you bet.