Pockets in the latter stages
Ok, I have decided to write about a tournament that I played last night. It was a 100,000 guaranteed tournament with over 900 runners. I was playing well and felt I had a chance. We were down to the last 100 and I was in about 60th place with about 10 times the big blind. The blinds have just passed me and I am on the button.
So the scene is set now here are the cards, Everybody folds to me and I am dealt a pair of nines. As soon as I receive these cards I know its going to be a crucial hand and I have a big decision to make.
So what would you do?
1) Fold - a pocket pair and this time is good but you just worried about playing it. Would not have though that many players would choose this one.
2) Call - a cautious play in which you hope to hit trips and if anything scares you fold. Problem with this is that if gives the blinds a cheap flop and anything looks scary.
3) Raise - Again the amount would be worth discussing, it would also show how strong the others are on the blinds. A pocket against two other hands is surely ahead.
Well they are the choices and here is what I decided to do -
Just before the end of my time to act, I decide to raise 4 times the big stack, therefore commiting half my stack approximately. I thought my hand was better than the other two and I would settle just for their blinds.
So the small blind is put off by the raise and the action moves to the big blind who thinks for a second before moving all in. Now I have another decision to make but I decide that I would be very unlucky to be behind and call.
This would be a call for a money place, he turns over his cards and shows kings. I dont hit and leave with nothing. I feel quite unlucky to have run into another pair or maybe you dont like my play. In hindsight( a wonderful thing) a call was best, you decide.