There was this questionable play I've made where I've lost because I got unlucky regardless of how bad it was.
No-Limit Hold'em Tournament, 15/30 Blinds (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager (http://poker-tools.flopturnriver.com/Hand-Converter.php) Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (http://www.flopturnriver.com)
Hero (SB) (t2970)
Hero's M: 66.00
: Hero is SB with A
, UTG+1 calls t30, MP1 bets t60
, 4 folds
, Hero raises t2955 (All-In)
, 1 fold
, UTG+1 calls t2940, 1 fold
: (t6030) 8
, J (2 players, 1 all-in)
: (t6030) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)
: (t6030) 8 (2 players, 1 all-in)
Hero had A
(one pair, eights).
UTG+1 had 10
(two pair, tens and eights).
Outcome: UTG+1 won t6030
I lost 7 $3.3 KO sngs in a row week ago. 4 of them, I was knocked out holding AK. I was so frustrated, I was telling my friend about it. Here's a convo we had.
Friend: Dude, you asked for it. Why did you shove all-in pre-flop early stage with AKo when you got over 100 big blinds?
Me: Because I took it for granted that some idiot will call me with an inferior hand and I'm putting my money in with a BETTER HAND. and i DID.
Friend: You don't get it do you? Why risk your neck with AKo in early stage?
Me: Why not? If your villain is willing to call with horrible hands, why not go all-in? MTT is about aggression and accumulating chips. I got unlucky. If this was Sunday Brawl $216 tournament where I'll be isolating myself and only get called by KK/AA, then yes, it's bad. But I took it for granted that horrible players will call with ATC and they DID. So I got what i wanted.
Friend: I'm not even a tournament player but I know that going all-in with AK early stage is stupid.
Me: ok. me going all-in with AKo is stupid? what about the villain then? Calling off his whole stack with AT hearts is not? Dude, I got my money in good and got unlucky. Don't be result oriented. I should've won that pot. End of story. I'm already having a bad day, now I'm getting criticized for something where I put my money in as favorite?
Friend: I don't give a rats ass about the villain. Yes, his decision was more horrible than yours. But yours was horrible as well. That's what I'm trying to tell you. If I go all-in with T2o pre-flop and somebody calls with 93o, it doesn't make my play good. Open a Pokerstove and input AK against a random vs input QQ+ against a random hand.
It turns out that AK is 2:1 favorite against random hand while QQ is 4:1 favorite against random hand.
Friend: Now ask yourself. Why risk 34% on a line in early stage of the deepstack tournament when you have enough skills and enough stack to play good poker and accumulate chips with solid post-flop skills.
SavagePenguin, who is a very good player and who I ask advice for from time to time, agrees with his view and shows me that it was horrible to donk-shove AKo pre-flop deepstack on second hand.
What am I suppose to do to learn these things on my own? How should I be analyzing my plays? What questions should I be asking myself regardless of me getting my money in good? Whenever I put my money in good, I just assume I lost because I got unlucky and move on. But I believe this is a major mistake and a leak which I should learn how to look into. It just disgusts me when I lose to players who are more horrible than me.