I was cleaning up my desktop when I saw this hand history. I don't know why I saved it, but it just so happens to be from a bounty tournament.
It's still early in the tournament (level 2). Blinds are 15/30. Starting stacks were 2000. The average stack is prabably about 2300 to 2400 or so at this point. The relevant players in this particular hand are the small and big blind and the player in the +1 seat.
Stack size are...
+1: folded before showdown
+1: Calls 30
Action folds around to SB
SB: Raises to 90
BB: Calls 90
+1: Calls 60
I don't have a problem with any of the pre-flop action. BB was a defender, which is probably why nobody bothered trying to steal the blinds. A-7 is not a bad raise from SB, assuming +1 would have raised if he held more than a speculative hand. Also, A-9 is not a bad call from BB. In fact, I'm surprised he didn't reraise here, being him. The post flop play is where things get a little bit crazy.
SB: Bets 180
BB: Raises to 1336 (all-in)
SB: Calls 1156
Again, I don't have a problem with SB's initial play on the flop. He continues for 2/3 pot, which is a good idea to see where you stand. But when BB goes all-in over the top of him, he calls off 3/4 of his remaining stack with very little hesitation, like it was a no brainer. Initially, I thought that BB's play was a little reckless here too. 44.5x seems like a lot to ship into a 15x pot. But if you're confident that you're ahead here, you don't want to give SB a chance to catch up. So you put him to the test. If he folds here, you're almost back to an average stack. Of course he's not folding, because all he sees is the bounty. Now, he's about to become a bounty. Now, every time someone picks up a decent hand, their hoping this is the hand that he's shoves the rest of his chips in.
Maybe it's just me, but this kinda of play seems a little outlandish for this point in the tournament. But this kind of play is typical for these kinds of tourneys.