Originally Posted by StormRaven
I don't agree with those that say they will shove pf. We are talking about the end stages of a satellite. The top players are vying for a seat, not first place. Why are you risking a seat that is nearly guaranteed with just 2 people left to go? It's not like you are awarded cash or even a trophy for first place, you entered the satellite to win the seat. You are positioned to do just that if you just fold your hands and let the short stacks fight it out. It sounds to me like some of you get married to your hands and not pay attention to the finer details and logic.
Exactly. The question here is whether you stay focussed on the prize -- a seat. There is no need to risk a chip if someone or a few someones are pretty much certain to bust out in the next few hands, thus getting you to your goal. A sat is a different game than a regular tourney. Don't get confused.
Of course, if you have AA or KK in the BB and a very very short stack has shoved and
the loss of the hand will not harm you or risk you getting to your goal, and
you are sure to be HU against the very short stack, then, by all means, call his allin.
I have played AA or KK on the bubble in a sat, usually against a stack that could put a dent in my own decent stack, and then he gets his miracle cards, and then other short stacks get their miracles, and the blind goes up and hits me hard, and suddenly I am fighting to keep that seat that, a few hands ago, was a sure thing. Sometimes I have not made the cut. Been there, done that. I am done
kicking myself for playing when I didn't have to.
Keep your eye on the ball. Or don't, and risk getting nothing in a situation where you were pretty much guaranteed to get to your goal. And, if you don't want to keep your eye on the prize, please join any sat I am in. I am grateful to have such players make sure I get my
seat. You may not care, but I sure do.