Just played my first LIVE tourney - epic fail
So I just played my first live tourney. It was a $100.00 Big stack event with probably about 40 people. I lasted about 4 hours but was nowhere close to the money. I struggled a lot to find a rhythm and hide the strength of my hands, but I just couldn't. I really wish I had brought sunglasses and a hat because I felt like there was nowhere to hide and I wasn't getting respect. It was really a confusing environment for me, I played super nitty ABC poker and these guys just kept hitting flop after flop. Even when I had monsters AQ - 10JK flop, I didn't even consider bet size or strategy, I was so nervous that I felt like I was just chucking chips into the middle. My next big hand, probably about 3 orbits later, I had QQ on the button. I raised 4.5X and got FIVE CALLERS, WHAT THE F****? Anyhow the flop brought three under's, and rather than bet for value, I made an obscenely large bet, that in retrospect is only going to get action from AA, KK, or an ugly two pair or set.
Speaking of ugly two pairs.
After folding hand after hand, it was folded to me on the button. To my left in the blinds are two huge stacks, blinds are 200/400 with 50 antes and I have 18k behind.
So I make it 5X with J9.
The small blind calls and the flop comes 6 4 9, Fantastic, this is a great spot for a CBET. I bet 2k and the villain makes it 5k. Interesting, this guy has been involved in a ton of pots and last time we faced eachother His J3 monster prevailed over my 99 in the same exact button/blind situation when he flopped trips.
So I call the 3k and the turn is a King. I figure, if he's bluffing
and giving me no respect, then that card might have helped him, but it's one over card and I shouldn't be concerned. He checks to me, and I bet 5k. I SHOULD HAVE CHECKED BACK FOR POT CONTROL, BUT LIKE I SAID I Wasn't THINKING AT ALL BECAUSE I WAS NERVOUS.
he makes it 10k effectively putting me all in, and I reluctantly call, thinking he has a set or hit the King. He actually had 46 and flopped two pair. I played this hand wrong, but it was the culmination of a bad night where I didn't get max value out of my good hands.
A couple other interesting hands,
Had a huge pot with some lady, we both ended up having KK, a bit disappointing.
how can I get better at live play? All the fundamentals I've worked so hard to develop seemed to slip away when I looked down at Ak suited with 5 limped behind. I was practically jumping out my chair whenever I picked up a hand. Overall i'm disappointed with my play, but there was one bright side
At my table was an obvious regular, an older guy who was playing a TAG style and garnishing a ton of respect from other players. I had AK and he had KQ and we ended up battling one hand. He made a substantial river bet, I tanked for a moment, then called with my Ace high to take down a huge pot. That was a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing session.
Any thoughts on live tourney play and how I could improve? Im def going to wear glasses and a hoodie next time, I just don't think I can function without it.
Also one last funny note: I mucked my big blind when there was like 6 limpers because some guy through in a 500$ chip. He couldn't make exact change but I didn't realize this, making me look like even more of a dumbass.
either way i'll be back at it soon because these people were really really really not that good. Now that I've had time to think it over I just want to jump back in there and be a super TAG and destroy people.