Originally Posted by Rawdeal1955
End of tournament mistakes I seem to make. I'll shove all in with a top pair trying to keep ace rag from calling. Of coarse I get the call from a player with a few more chips than me. First it is late in the tournament is it my mistake or his or hers. To risk it all on a bad call is a mistake and I'm at my wits end how often they make they make their mistake or I make mine.
Ok, absent more information as suby above stated....why would you risk your game life "trying" to get someone off a draw? He might have thought (due to action in this particular hand) you were bluffing. Ever think of that?
Late in an MTT you should be opening up your game a bit, but what do you do (or not do) early in an MTT? Take big risks in marginal spots. And boy-howdy, shoving a flop with a weak one pair (top with top kicker or not) is about as marginal as you can get next to calling with X-high only - as your opponent did. You want to bet (up to all-in) for a reason
. Keeping someone from sucking out (which is not preventing them from drawing to a better hand) is the wrong reason. You have a set and want to prevent a flush draw, that's one thing. But going to war with only top pair - top pair so far - no.
Remember this as well - what you put in preflop is only the start. You have to think of the bets on other streets as well. If you cannot give them bad odds
so they fold (sounds like this guy was a calling station with any ace - see em all the time), IOW, you already know they will not fold to a cbet...then you check! Top pair heads up is a monster, but if you know they can call and hit better, you have to be careful. What I am talking about is pot control
- and you need to learn about it to prevent these all-ins in marginal situations.
Don't get me wrong - top pair heads up with another player is great, just not the winning hand yet. No point in shoving if you cannot afford it when your opponent sucks out to a higher pair.