Originally Posted by Brandlad
It happened to me yesterday in igoodies tourney at 888poker.
After battling 2000 players I made upto 14th position.
14een players were left in the game . I had 150000 chips. I was on 5th position. But I had to face the drought of the cards. I was constantly getting 2 5 or J 2 or J 5 or 3 10. I skipped few rounds sitting on the fence. The blinds went up to 10000. I checked my position. I was now on 14th position from 5th. After few rounds I got A 10 I took risk and went allins but that was a split pot.
Again flurry of lower cards started. My chipstack went 60000 from 150000. It made me nervous. Finally got Pockets 9 and went allins but got out by pocket Kings.
During the drought of 50 minutes I noticed once I got 3 10 and I was going to play that hand but I discarded due to huge risk but that would have been a winning hand as flop came 3 3 8.
Well in the end I was out on 14th position.
The question I wanna ask here-- How to cope such a situation? Or Just play wisely and leave everything on pokergods??
Please input ur valuable suggestions.
None of what you said makes sense to me. How were you in 5th position with 150k when there were 2000 entrants? I don't feel like doing the math here at 2am, but was this a ridiculous MTT where you start with like 150 chips and 25/50 blinds? LOL Or was this just an unfortunate situation for you where the top 4 (or at least 3?) guys had a TON of chips and you were just the highest of the have nots?
2nd of all, you're in 5th position with 14 to go and should have used this to your advantage REGARDLESS OF YOUR CARDS. Even after you squandered your opportunity and played poorly (sorry just being honest) you were down to 15BBs. Some will say this is push/fold territory but I think that is limited thinking. Plus, you've played so poorly to this point and folded for what sounds like 2 hours, you likely have a tight/passive image built up. They don't know that you just didn't get cards you were comfortable playing.
To reiterate, there are 14 of you left so assuming a good tourney, it is 7 a table. 7 a table (unless this was a 6 max tourney but I'd assume you would've told us that) CAN BE a DRASTIC difference in gameplay and from full 9 handed if played correctly. You should find plenty of spots on the button where you are either open or facing just one limper. If you're unfamiliar in this territory (and it sounds like you are), even when you got down to 15BBs, you don't HAVE to shove given your super tight image. A 2.2BB open will be enough to TID PF often enough and when it doesn't maybe you hit and stick in a good amount or miss and realize you can represent strength.
As others have already stated, the position you put yourself in playing so passively (even short-handed) means that luck and variance are going to be more of a factor than you want them to be. But a 2.2BB open on the button that TID gives you 15k plus any antes to add to your 150k stack. As someone already stated, you just bought another orbit if you want to continue playing passively and praying the cards will come your way. At a minimum, you should be fine until the next time you have position, can try the same thing again and honestly, unless you're unlucky and OOP wakes up with a monster that they'll shove back on you you should be able to extend your stay a little. Maybe you're not in 14th out of 14 any more. Maybe you also waited out a few others who either got impatient or unlucky and you've jumped up in pay.
But basically anything you do other than what you actually did would be better. Not everyone gets hit with the deck on the way to an easy victory like McKeehan last year. Sometimes you gotta be like Esfandiari and put your hopes on 39o. He seemed to more than double up like 10-20 times late in the Main doing that, even against overpairs.
Anyway, I have freeroll problems to deal with right now so can't help you further ATM.