This is a discussion on How would you play this Q8s? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Galera is as follows; I want to make it clear that if it was an entry fee tournament I would not even get into this
Galera is as follows; I want to make it clear that if it was an entry fee tournament I would not even get into this pot! It was the tournament Freebuy yesterday 07/07 in had around 17 bbs and in case the hand was only in limp I was going to betar to try to win the bbs as happened the tribet before I already left the call option clicked but as the player that I acted after the aggressor took time to respond I was going to fold ... I thought better and I visualized an AA or KK in the attacker but it did not give time to clear the automatic call option. So I was the first to act and had flush dran. As I was pretty sure he held AA or KK and if I checked he shovava, if I bet the minimum he shovava then I went from direct shove to try the flush. Thinking he had AA or KK on the pre-flop. 17bbs. A free tournament. Do I give up on the pre-flop or do I go from shove to pre-flop?
When a short stack raises from position utg, it looks hard. I think you should answer yourself the question: what would I do if after my 3bet, he would put all in? And so, on the flop, you have done everything correctly, just unlucky.
Q8s is not good enough to play with 7 players left to act after you, and in general I dont recommend to have a limping strategy from any other positions than SB. As played I probably check-raise all in on this flop.
Donk betting like this look kind of try hard, and you need to ask yourself, if you really ever do that with a strong made hand? Probably not, and a good opponent will sniff this out and call you fairly wide. Check-raising look much stronger, and it also allow him to chips in the pot with his bluffs, so that you win more, when he fold.
Finally putting him on AA or KK seem like an afterthought. He can have a wide range of holdings here, and his sizing is not really a tell. With stacks this short there is not enough room for him to isolate to 4 or 5 BB and then fold to a jam. So he can either go small, like he did, or go all in.
Well like everyone said, I would have mucked it. But from how you played it, if I was in the cutoff, and I had anything besides 66- AA, AQ-AK, I would assume you had a monster by just limping from UTG with 17 BBs. If that was your strategy, even though it wasn’t the best line (to make it seem like you had a monster), then the cutoffs raise would tell me he has a monster himself probably. So that would’ve been another sign to muck preflop. After it goes to the flop, I like the lead shove though. Regardless of his holding, you put him to the decision by shoving.
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