What would you have done differently here?



pokerstars Game #6941894893: Tournament #35424155, $5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2006/11/08 - 12:52:46 (ET)
Table '35424155 1' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 2: robbie1122 (1515 in chips)
Seat 3: nightmare123 (1065 in chips)
Seat 4: gord962 (1725 in chips)
Seat 5: TheHammer8 (2750 in chips)
Seat 6: BUCKiBUDDHA (1445 in chips)
Seat 7: gdoggiee (2585 in chips)
Seat 8: Nanaf (985 in chips)
Seat 9: ronatbla (1430 in chips)
Nanaf: posts small blind 25
ronatbla: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gord962 [Jc Tc]
robbie1122: folds
nightmare123: folds
gord962: calls 50
TheHammer8: folds
BUCKiBUDDHA: calls 50
gdoggiee: folds
Nanaf: folds
ronatbla: checks
*** FLOP *** [Td 9h 8h]
ronatbla: checks
gord962: bets 150
BUCKiBUDDHA: calls 150
ronatbla: folds
*** TURN *** [Td 9h 8h] [5c]
gord962: bets 300
BUCKiBUDDHA: calls 300
*** RIVER *** [Td 9h 8h 5c] [Qh]
gord962: bets 600
BUCKiBUDDHA: raises 345 to 945 and is all-in
gord962: calls 345
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BUCKiBUDDHA: shows [Jh Th] (a straight flush, Eight to Queen)
gord962: shows [Jc Tc] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
BUCKiBUDDHA collected 2965 from pot
gord962 said, "vnh"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2965 | Rake 0
Board [Td 9h 8h 5c Qh]
Seat 2: robbie1122 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: nightmare123 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: gord962 showed [Jc Tc] and lost with a straight, Eight to Queen
Seat 5: TheHammer8 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: BUCKiBUDDHA showed [Jh Th] and won (2965) with a straight flush, Eight to Queen
Seat 7: gdoggiee (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: Nanaf (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: ronatbla (big blind) folded on the Flop


I don't like getting involved in the first place. You're 8-handed, sitting in 3rd position, with a drawing hand. No reason to get involved here.

As for how you played it, flop and turn were fine, but after he cold calls you on the turn, you have to stop and think: what the ($#* is he calling me with? Flush draw? Straight draw? Slowplaying a set or something? Depending on his image I might just check-fold the river with the 3rd heart hitting. Yes you're losing value against a set or two pair who (moronically) decided to slowplay a dangerous flop, but you're only splitting vs. a straight, and are losing vs a flush. I like to take the safe route and check-fold or check-call if his bet is small enough.


There's the chance he has a flush or KJ, but there are weaker hands than a straight like QT or KQ that are calling your bet here. Checking isn't a bad option though if you give your opponent a lot of credit. But you'd have to call if he bets?


Cardschat Elite
Besides folding pre-flop I think you played it pretty good gord. As for the bet on the river that would be a tough decision for me. I think I would have done the same thing though.


Rising Star
The only thing I could see that I would have done differently (take into account I'm not exactly a strong tourney player).. Would be to make a pre-flop raise, calling with JTs in middle position is only asking to be put into a bad position in later rounds. Any experienced cutoff/button player would raise or at least call here and have you out-positioned the whole hand. If you ARE able to get to a flop, you will likely have no information whatsoever on the flop without raising it preflop. For how important position play is in a multi-table tournament, calling in that situation preflop is probably going to be -EV