Pot Odds or a Donk move?
Okay… so I’m playing in a little cheap tournament. It gets down to 10 people left so there are 5 players on two tables. Any way… I’m short stacked. I only have about 1000 chips and I get A 4. So, I figure now is as good time as any. I go all in. The blinds are 400/200 and I think the ante was 20. It folds around to the BB who has about 10k. There is about 1600 in the pot. He calls me and shows 9 2. The flop comes and it’s blanks but the turn is a 9. I don’t remember what the river was. So he beats me with a pair of 9’s. This group of five had been together for about an hour now and it was a pretty chatty table. Everyone getting along. Joking about people’s playing and off poker subjects.. So now I’m an observer and I jokingly say “nice suck out”. He got a little defensive and defended his play talking about pot odds
and it was a “Mathematical decision” So, like I said… we have been a friendly chatty group so I ask him to explain. He said that since he was the BB and already had 400 in the pot he “had to call”. Then he starts talking about getting 3 to 1 blah blah blah. Someone else at the table who happened to be the chip leader at the time said “Yeap… it’s an easy call. I would have done the same”. So my question is… was it a sound poker play with math behind it or a donk play that worked out? I’m pretty new to the game and still learning about pot odds
. I thought it was a ratio to your chances of hitting your hand compared to what you had to call to win it? How can you even figure pot odds pre-flop? Is pot odds only the ratio to what you win compared to what you have to call without regard to the cards you are playing?
Also… the chip leader said… the books say to call every time you are getting 3 to 1 no matter what two cards you have. Is that right?
Thanks in advance… I know I’ll get some good input. This is a great site.