This is a discussion on $1 NLHE MTT: Fold Pre? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Hand Analysis section; PokerStars - 300/600 Ante 50 NL - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4
Hero (BTN): 21.98 BB
SB: 30.89 BB
BB: 44.98 BB
UTG: 42.18 BB
I think this is just a fold pre spot. We don't have to be raising or getting invloved in every button spot. You don't want to see a flop with this hand and opponents have got wise a long time ago to button opens being 70% of your range depending on what type of player you are. They would need to have total bottom of card strength here to fold and with a min raise on top of that they are rarely ever folding. You probably need to go 3x here to get any fold equity and I don't advise that with your stack depth. I like just folding here and moving on.
As played, I don't see any value of betting on the flop for the same reason as above. Opponents know you are on junk and a paired board really limits your chance of having hit anything. This should be a check behind because I think with a J here you would check behind a decent amount of the time. Betting here actually makes your range look weaker than checking would.
On the turn once they have called your flop you need probably just be looking to get to showdown as cheaply as possible as one of the blinds could have a jack or a bigger than you have a Qx bigger than yours which was the case. They could also have a made flush so it would be better to take the showdown value that you have and use it as that instead of continuing to barrel.