Criticize my play
Played a poker tournament at a local casino on Thursday here in Ventura, California
. Got to final table and did a 3 way chop. Top 6 got paid. Throughout the tournament, I won most of my showdowns. Picked my spots and won some small bluffs mostly on post flop. No coin flips. Won one bad beat with QQ vs KK pre-flop for about 30% of my stack.
I was chip leader when I got to the final table and was seated against second chip leader to my right. Came down to 7 handed with 800/1600 blinds with 200 antes. I raised 2.5x UTG w/ 34clubs, and he flatted from BB. I wasn't table bullying up to this point. I had a tag image and had a 2.5:1 chip lead over him. Flop comes 8 4 2 all spades. He checks and I bet out 1/3 of pot. He insta 3-bets with like 30% behind? It didn't make sense and I had a read on the guy before this hand. So, my first instinct was to shove after his 3bet. This was my first time being in the same table with him, and it seemed like it was his first time making it to a final table judging off his other plays.
I just had a gut feeling that he had nothing and probably had two overs with a spade in his hand- and was probably just trying to buy the pot. It was the speed of him 3betting and his posture after which caught raised my brow. I tanked for about 5 minutes, which is probably the longest I ever tanked in my life. After much deliberation, I decided that he could potentially fold to a 4bet due to the situation (7th being the bubble boy). So, I shoved..... and he called........... after about 10 seconds of thining and flips over Q6 offsuit with a 6spade. I'm a beginner to poker tournaments, but I have been playing on occasions for over 10 years.. with some study time. I just couldn't believe he'd call with such a marginal hand worse than Ax with a spade, but I guess the call was a no brainer due to having too much $ invested. But still.. why the he** would he call with a Q6!??? I know I wasn't expecting anything better than 60/40 and primarily was hoping he'd fold. Turn and river were blanks.
This is the first time I have ever made a move like this being so deep and being on the bubble. I don't know what came over me. Please criticize my donkish play. Thanks!