What Did I Do Wrong?
Itís my normal Saturday deep stack event at my local casino; starting stacks were $30K with 30 minute levels. It was a really tough day; I was card dead all day, and was not finding any situations that benefitted me.
I open shoved a 10-15 BB stack twice, and then got moved to another table about the 5 hour point; an hour into that table I got busted as Iíll describe below.
At my new table, about 5 hours in, the blinds were $1K/$2K/$300 and my stack was about $30K. I had played a few hands from the blinds (since no one ever raises, limp, limp, limp Ė all right Iíll take a free check) but that was about it; again I was getting nothing to work with; 93ís and J4ís.
My stack got down to about $24K and I open shoved an AK off Ė everyone folded and I stayed in it. The next lap, the blinds went up to $1200/$2400/$400 and with me in MP1 the following hand takes place:
Blinds $1200/$2400/$400 and my stack was about $24K, a little less actually, and I was in MP1.
UTG raises to $7K and is flat called by UTG + 2 (who has about $30K). I find
I knew UTG opened light, I could smell the weakness, not that that does me a lot of good because Iím sure he is stronger than 45, nonetheless my only real concern was UTG + 2. I felt it was time to get it in, in what was sure to be an equity rich situation. I also thought I had some fold equity because of my tight table image coupled with players that donít understand stack sizes and decided to take advantage of it Ė I moved all-in for ~$24K!
Everyone folds around to UTG + 2, just as I suspected, and after about 3 minutes of tanking he called and shows
So I took down a nice pot and a tongue lashing from my opponent, ďI canít believe you shoved a 45Ē, to which I responded, ďWith your stack, I canít believe you played AQ like thatĒ. Iím not proud of it, but I felt this was as good as it was going to get, I mean, I had 10BB and was facing the BB in 3 hands.
My stack is now over $60K, which still isnít very good, but is far better than it was. I folded until I was in the BB and that hand is described below:
Blinds are still $1200/$2400/$400 and my stack is about $61K Ė I was in the BB.
UTG + 1 limps in for $2400, as does a middle position player, both players had $90K-$100K. The SB completes the bet with a <10K stack (ha-ha), and I find
from the BB.
Iíve got about 25BB so my open raise amount is $5,500 (2.25x and round up) and my raise with a limper would be about $8500. Since I have two limpers in this pot I raise my option to $12k (3.5x + limp +$1200 for my position disadvantage).
After I raised the middle position player tanked for a while and finally flat calls; everyone else folds.
As always, I studied my opponent as the flop was dealt. He is a weak player that is full of information at times like these, yet his limp/call range is so enormous I really wasnít looking forward to this. Anyway, while the Queen on the board is certainly in his range (KQ, QJ, even Q10 or K10 is well within his range) I didnít feel he really liked that flop.
Any legitimate C-bet here commits 30% of my stack so I elected to move all-in on the flop for about $48K. Again, he tanks for 3 full minutes, and finally calls with the
I have been running so bad lately it is unreal and I am getting really sick of losing, not that I ever really liked it, I guess Ė but Jesus! These fraking limp call jackasses are really getting on my nerves Ė how does he even call pre-flop here Ė he can only beat a total bluff, if I happened to be bluffing with a 25BB stack OOP, everything in my range beats an A10. Itís so frustrating. ďBut, but, it was suited would be his response Iím sure.Ē
In hindsight, I wish I would have just shoved pre-flop instead of jacking around with a raise OOP Ė but I donít really win a great deal there either, it would have only been about $13K; which would have increased my stack by 20% - far better than getting busted.
This also brings up a side point: Has anyone else noticed the rise in players tanking for 2 to 3 minutes routinely? It is getting really bad Ė I donít know if itís because of ESPNís poker coverage or what Ė but everyone thinks that itís ok to tank for 3 minutes in transparent situations because thatís what the guys on T.V. do. Iím just bitching, but this has definitely been on the rise Ė at least at my casino and I find it increasingly annoying.
So anyway, did I do anything wrong here? I guess I kind of turned my hand into a bluff on Hand #2, but if I donít raise all-in pre-flop my only other option is a give up slide. I like the way these hands went down, obviously Iím disappointed with the results, again, but I think I just got unlucky here; thoughts?