Call or Fold?
The game is NL hold ‘em with a $300 buy in, 30 minute levels, and 40K starting stacks. We’ve been playing for about 5 hours and I have around 50K, so naturally, one of the smaller stacks though not yet in desperation mode.
Blinds have just gone up to 3K 1.5K with no ante and two seats to my left is a loud mouth obnoxious player that I have never seen, despite being there just about every weekend, that thinks he is God’s gift to poker. Within the last 3 hands he has been caught bluffing with 68os, Js3s, and AKos with no board help and is really getting on my nerves, though I’m trying my best to just stay away from him, he had about 200K but still has about 90K-100K in chips.
I have As Js from cutoff +1 and open raise to 7.5K, a standard raise at this table and level. My infamous foe has not been playing good poker and has been watching football more than playing poker. At the time I made the raise he was complaining about a called defense, looked at his cards, gave me the “I’m a God and your not” glare and smooth called my raise from the button. The flop came out 2 Q 2, rainbow without a single spade.
Now normally, I would never C-bet here, however. As the flop comes out he is still watching football and the waitress comes up behind him with his drink order, so he starts talking to her and giving her a tip. I don’t like making C-bets with virtually no outs on a paired board against what can only be described as a slot machine, but, given the fact that he has no idea what has even happened I quietly bet 10K into a pot of 19.5K. The dealer finally has to get his attention and point out the fact that I have bet, he is way to busy to be bothered by this game of poker. He again gives me the glare, to which I just continue staring at the pot, and shoves all in!
I would love to call and snap this A-hole off, but good poker dictates that I don’t loose my cool and loose my tournament life with Ace high. I think anyway, did I have the best hand and let this A-hole push me off it? The problem is that folding leaves me with 10 BB and I ended up pushing all-in 5 hands later from UTG with 22 and got busted by AA. Effectively, this A-hole busted any chance I had of even cashing much less winning. Obviously, you can’t beat the idiots so just not plying them is probably the best option, but given the scenario at hand; do you call or fold?