re: Poker & On the bubble, LA bigstack before me
Originally Posted by Lilli3
I know you're right about not playing scared. I kept looking for the opportunity to push back at him but I kept getting rags and knew he was going to call anything I played. He'd been playing any two cards from the start. I wasn't getting A with low kicker or anything I felt ok about using. I hated the thought of going out with rags. Finally, I did get 44 and played it. He called, of course, and doubled me up.
Nonetheless, I was frustrated that I couldn't figure out how to deal with him. I don't generally play passively at the bubble. In fact, the problem I've had busting out the past few times was a matter of taking unnecessary risks there. Finding a good balance is what I'm working on.
It was much more the case that I just didn't know how to handle the situation than not being able to deal with it. I really enjoy single table sngs.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Well in this case, if it really was that bad (and not only have I seen it, I've bestowed it upon others ), then you sometimes have to gamble. I also forgot to mention that suited connectors (and to a lesser extent) one-gappers are also suitable for a 3-bet shove in that situation. But even if you push back just once, most BS's will at least slow down on their steals, if only long enough to get some breathing room.
You could also try shoving to isolate against the other SS'ers.
Scenario: You are in BB with K9s. other SS limps in CO, BS in the sb completes. Shove it. The other SS will need some serious heat to call your shove as if they call ind lose they are out, and if they had that bog of a hand, they would most likely have shoved instead of limped. The BS will also need some sort of power to call as well, since you showed strength by shoving over two limps from the BB. Of course, do this too often and you'll be getting called light and essentially be in a flip situation. But used sparingly, this will help to get a little respect and maybe not get shoved around too much.
Sorry if my posts seem long and preachy, tired.