Does Anyone Have a Problem With How I Played This Hand?
I’m in a live $200 deep stack tournament at my local casino; starting stacks are $35K and after taking two consecutive bad beats I’m already down to $25K. We are in the 2nd 30 minute level with blinds $100 and $200 no ante.
From UTG I find
and raise to $600 (3x with 125BB); I’m called by two middle to late position players.
The button is a regular player that is very good, but plays the game straight up. He has actually just sat down maybe 2 hands prior to this and 3-bets to $2K.
I have played this villain before and he is very good. Additionally, I think he respects me as well, so I am certain that he is well aware that I raised from UTG – bottom line is that I know he has a legitimate hand and I immediately assigned him the premium range.
I call the extra $2K after both of the blinds fold, planning to re-evaluate on the flop, and the other two players call as well; the pot is now $8300.
and I’m first to act.
I see two lines I could chose here:
1. Check and fold to the nearly certain C-bet from the button.
2. Bet out into 3 players and thereby commit myself to this pot.
I chose Option #2 and bet $7K of my remaining $22K stack; I chose this number carefully as it’s over 30% of my stack and commits me to the pot, something that I expect the button to notice as well.
Everyone folds to the button who 3-bets again to $15K. Not that it matters much at this point, but I can throw 10 10 and A K out of the window for this opponent at this point and refine his range to JJ plus. I then follow through with my plan and move all-in with no fold equity; he calls and shows
Now I see this as a pretty standard hand and situation, the player on the button agreed with me as we talked about this hand during the next break. However, another player at the table chose to berate me and tell me what a jackass I am for risking my life on a draw so early in the game. That’s the purpose of this post, I think if I’m not going to play that I might as well not play but am wondering what everyone reading this thinks.