Late Tournament Play suggestions
I know most folks frown on low stakes games and myself, I typically avoid them. However, over the past few months I started playing in 1000+ people online free rolls. Itís pretty entertaining Ė in my opinion. The interesting part is, I have ran into a situation several times online that has also been showing up in my home game.
First, I donít take this as a bad beat story Ė itís not. Iím looking for opinions/comments on what you would do. Pardon if something like this has been posted before.
34 people left out of 900ish. Top 20 pays.
I have about 17 bb and dealt KK in late position. There is one caller and I raise 2.5 bb and they call. We see a flop of rags. My opponent shoves all in (I have him covered by just a few). My thought was he had A-rag and since he missed the flop he would try to scare me out since no face cards hit. I think about it for a second and call. I was right, he had Ace-rag and missed. On the river he spikes an Ace and Iím out.
65 people left out of 1000ish. Top 50 pays.
I have about 23 bb and dealt AK in late position. There is one caller and I raise 3.5 bb and they call. We see a flop of that has 2 hearts and of course an Ace. My opponent shoves all in (has me covered Ė not by much). My thought was he had Ace and was going bet that I didnít. I snap call. I was right, he had Ace-rag. The turn gives him two pair and Iím out.
5 people left out of 15 (home game). Top 3 pays.
I have about 12 bb and dealt JJ in the big-blind position. A player in earlier position betís 3x big blind. This guy is a big bluffer too. I just smooth call. We see a flop of rags. He checks and I decide to shove. My opponent calls (has me covered Ė but not by much). All he had was Ace-face. He hits an Ace on the flop and Iím out.
My question revolves around late tourney play (not the actual instances above). I see some folks just blind out, some flame out, some go down like I usually do. In situations like the ones above do you always follow the path of what the poker math and odds
dictate or do you follow something else?