Value of pocket 2s and difference between pushing and calling.
Yesterday, I was at casino playing 5/10. I started with 50 blinds and moved up more than 90 blinds. One of players from middle position right before cut-off pushed all in with Q9s. Everyone folded and I was in the big blind. My hole cards were 22. I had to put up 8 blinds more to call his raise. I was thinking for a second. I was guessing if he can have overpair or overcards. I called because I guessed that since he's short-stacked, his range of hole cards can be very wide and have cards like KQs, TJs. Before I made the call, I even said, "*sigh* let's play some blackjack
" since I figured it was going to be a coin-flip if my instincts were right. I put him on AKs. But he had Q9s, which slightly makes me underdog by like 2% or so. I instantly won because I hit a set on the turn. Two morons in the table kept telling me that I made a horrible call. I told them that I had a pair from big blind, everyone folded, I just had to put up 8 blinds more. They keep telling me that they wouldn't have put more than 80 dollars on pocket 2s. I told them that instead of criticizing me for calling with 2s, why not criticize the guy who pushed all-in with Q9s. My roommate told me to step up and take a break. I had a long discussion with my roommate about this.
My roommate's view:
There was no need to give that guy an action and gamble only to be coin-flip at best. Just fold and wait for better spot. People are just talking shit because you need better hand to call raise with than to make raise with. Calling with deuces is a very weak hand.
I was big stack with 90 blinds and only spending 8 blinds to be at coin-flip. And if there should be any criticism, then the guy with Q9s should be criticized as well. Whether I called with deuces or not, I got the right result without having to suck out or get lucky. I told my roommate that he has no right to tell me that I made horrible call when he made call with pocket 5s against short-stack on Daily Dollar tournament we played before.
If my play was horrible, then player with Q9s play was horrible as well. But why do I get criticized for calling instead of him getting criticized for pushing with Q9s? Whether I push with 22s and he calls, or he pushes with Q9s and I call, I don't see any difference. If i called while being behind and sucked out to hit a set on the turn, then yes, I would say it was a bad call and sorry for bad beat. But all-in push with Q9s while being short-stack is considering bluffing to steal my blind. I think I made right decision since I read the guy as short-stacked who can have about any two cards that are not pair and if I'm coin-flip away from winning 9 blinds or only losing 10% of my chipstack, I think it's worth it.
I want to ask this forum what's correct play, what's not, etc. I'm confused and honestly don't know what the ideal play was in this situation. I'm having debate over this play with my roommate who disagrees with my play.