Great call; I guess!
This hand occurred in a local live $310 buy in game at my local casino. The table is populated with very good to above average players. Starting stacks are 40K with blinds starting at $100/$100 and 30 minute levels; so this is a deep stack affair. I had been doing really well, having flopped Broadway versus a set of aces and a set of sixes to bust another player, and had 175K by the 5th level – which was far and away the chip lead. As a result I had been playing much looser than I normally do, but was still exposing quality hands at showdowns – in short it was just one of those tournaments were everything was clicking and I was in the “Zone” as it is sometimes referred to.
Blinds are $1200/$2400 with an ante of $300, I have ~175K and my opponent has ~90K.
From UTG +2, I’m dealt
and raise to $6500.
(This EP raise with QJ was certainly much looser than I typically open, but it was a good spot with my current table image and chip stack)
The player from UTG+3 flats my raise and everyone else folds. She is a good, quality, player, and a little older as she is in her later 40’s – but I feel she thinks she is much better than she is. I know this is a common disease in poker, one that I probably suffer from – from time to time as well, but she just kind of stands out in my mind as a problem player for the wrong reasons.
I follow through with an $11K C-bet and she flats again.
I check raise my opponent to $30K, after she bets 12K, and she flats yet again; total pot size is now over $100K.
I move all-in, which has her covered by 3:1. She agonizes over her decision for 3 full minutes and finally calls.
I know I’m beat as soon as she calls and she flips over
to win. She said “I’ve been playing men too long to fold that honey” and she raked in the pot and over half of my chips.
Now I know that sometimes you get called and that’s all there is too it. But, in this situation I don’t know what else I could have done. Certainly I thought I could get hands in the Kx range to fold, when she called I was expecting to see an ace. She had been drinking, pretty heavily, as well, and I just wonder WTF?
One thing I wish I had considered was the fact that by the river, over 50% of her stack was in the middle; but what were my options – a give up slide on the river? I could have check raised all-in on the turn as well. Frankly I wished I had because that seems to be the better play; any thoughts?