Seeking advice on live tourney play I made today
I played a live KO tourney today and I'm wondering how I could have played this hand or how I should play it different in a non KO tourney or cash game.
Feedback would appreciated. Thank you.
Started with 6k chips. Blinds up to 100/200 by the time I reached first playable hand.
UTG limps. It gets folded to me. I look down at a pair of 9s and make a 3x BB raise.
The button and UTG limper both come along.
Flop 4-9-J rainbow
UTG leads out 400, I min raise to 8 and get called by both players.
Turn comes a blank, I bet about half the pot and get called by both players again.
The river comes another blank so at best my opponents have probably have two pair or a strong pair. I decide to move all in, after all, it is a KO tourney.
Yet I don't get called.
Should I have just value bet? Should I have checked the flop and/or turn and let them try to muscle me?
I called with suited connectors and a few small pairs while I could get in cheap during the remainder of the first three rounds, never coming close to using 20% of my stack size on speculative hands.
Got JJ once but no action. I ended up getting blinded through over 2 rounds more until I was at the 10BB mark with blinds at 1k/2k.
Should I put my tourney life on the line earlier by bullying pots in late position to pick up some extra blinds so that I'm not so short stacked when the cards are running good?