OK, today at the CC Brovada freeroll, I was getting great hole cards. The problem was nothing was hitting the board. SO, one hand I have AQ, I fire off a 3 X BB bet. The flop shows low cards. I put 60 in the pot to bet. I now fire off a 1/2 pot bed and it is called. Turn same, no straight showing, maybe flush draw. I fire off a 1/2 pot bet. Down to something like 900 chips now. The river is a nothing card as well. Thinking I am facing a call station, I check. He shoves and I fold. Later on almost the same situation and I had AJ, when I check the turn, player shoves and I fold. One of these players knocked me out when I had AK and 3 x BB preflop and he shoved with KQ. I was down to 615 chips, so I called and he flopped a Q.
My question is, what do you do when you have done a 2 bet and know you have nothing? Do you 3 bet and hope for the best. Do you shove? Do you call these players when they shove? I am betting at least one of them had nothing.
The answer to every question in poker is : It Depends. In a vaccum I would say dont call when they shove, but it depends on the player. Does this player not see past his own 2 cards, and slowplay his big hands and bet with light holdings? Does he only bet when he has it? He is calling you after all, so he is floating you on the flop and waiting for you to run out of bullets before he pulls the trigger. Perhaps Mixing up your play more by checking sometimes when you hit...
Early in tournaments, this has happened to me a few times. It mid to short stacks me and then I have to play catch up. What do you do?
I wait for position first off, if you're firing out of position, well thats exactly what makes position so important. Dont you want to be the one checking behind if you miss, or calling their 1/2 pot bets because you suspect they are betting with crap (light)? Also, try 2.25x or 2.5x preflop, it accomplishes the same thing as 3x but you win bigger pots and lose smaller ones because light hands call and get outflopped
I hope some of this helps a little. I'm no pro, but I have had some moderate success at MTT's at least.