Did I make the wrong move here?
I'm playing with some friends in a home game and I have half the chips on the table resting nicely in my stack (approximately $5,500). It's a friendly game, but I'm trying hard to keep mental notes on everybody's play and there's no question that I've been playing tight as usual with this group(because its a fairly loose group). There are seven players left in the single table tourney and I'm dealt Ad, Ac UTG. I decide to change gears and throw out just a standard 3xBB raise of $30 and everyone calls except the big blind, making it a $190 pot. It was probably a poor play being UTG with Bullets looking at a loose table, but I was hoping that somone would re-raise me.. The problem was that I think my tight image and chip stack stagnated anyone from challenging me.
So anyway, the flop comes:
Qh, Qs, 3h
I quickly throw out a feeler bet that is a little more than half the pot ($100) in order to represent the set and/or to get some information.
Player 1 - to my left (a notorious bluffer), stares at me for a minute then goes all in with about $1,100.
Player 2 - (a really good change-up player, who I haven't been able to get a read on all night but I know is a chaser from previous tourneys) calls with his remaining ($900) almost immediately.
Player 3 - (a relatively tight player) takes a quick look at his chips and calls in less than 15 seconds after the bet comes to him. He's got the second highest chip stack.
The next two players fold and it comes back to me for $1000 (minus the $100 I?ve already put in) and of course there are two pots: pot size one is capped at $2,990 and pot size two stands at $400. I ask for a chip count on Player 3 and he tells
me he has about $1,200 left after his call. So with that I'm in a real pinch. It's only $1000 to call and I try to assess my situation.
I'm thinking I might have Player 1 beat by putting him on at least a semi-bluff with a low wired pair but I can't be sure.
Although I haven't been able to get an update on my previous read of Player 2 all night, I thought I could put him on the flush draw based on my previous experience against him.
My problem is Player 3. I put him on trip Queens and think that he's trying to suck me in to maximize his profits. I go deep into the tank and try to rationalize it out. I figured my odds
of out drawing him (if he did have the trip Queens) were at about 8% and although I would have gotten better than three to one on my money, I would have to act before Player 3 and I figured it might have ended up costing me more on the Turn and River. I ended up throwing my Aces away after an agonizing four to five minutes.
Player 1 - 9s, 9c
Player 2 - Kh, Th
Player 3 - 8d, 8c
The turn - 7c
The river - 2d
Player 1 takes it with his pocket 9's. By the end of the tourney I pull out third place and Player 1 goes on to win it all. Was I completely wrong to muck my aces or can I take some satisfaction in knowing that it was probably the right thing to do?