Making a bad call.
Early stage in a live tournament. I was switched from a conservative table to a super aggressive and loose table. As I got switched to the new table, I found myself in trouble, big trouble. There were 9 players at the table, and I was the short stack; however, when I was at the pervious table, my stack looked decent. I had about 5K and the chip leader had roughly 35-40K and everyone else had about 13-20K.
On this particular hand, the blinds were 75/150, I was on the button. UTG+2 limped in so UTG 3,4,5 and 6 all limped in. As it got to me, I looked down and saw pocket 5. I thought about it and decided to only call. SB called and BB popped it to roughly 1,000 and UTG 4,5, 6, and me made the called. Back to SB, he tanked and shoved 13K. It was folded to UTG 6 who called. At this point, I had already invested 20% of my stack. I looked up and noticed that the level had just ended and the next hand would be 200/400 and it would leave me down to 10BB if I fold.
I tanked for a quick second and made the call. SB had A9 suited and UTG 6 had 77, and I had 55. UTG 6 won the pot.
As I made my exit to the rail, someone asked why did I not fold and I looked puzzled with no explanation. During the drive home, I thought I made a bad call but now that I thought about it, I don't think it was all that bad.
If I folded, it would leave me with 10BB. If I won, I would have had at least 18K and it would have brought me up to at least 3rd in chips at the table.
My question is ....... would you have done the same with pocket 5 or how would you have played it?