Thursday, October 06, 2005
Some hands in the bubble
This Monday in the PS $150 NL tournament, there were 416 entrants. With about 47 players left, I had a healthy stack with about 24k, good for second at my table. Blinds were 400-800 with 50 ante and we were almost in the money, they paid 45 places, but at the time, I have not noticed this. I have ATc in the BB; Premier, a good online player, raised to 3200 in MP and a 15k stack, folded to me, and I decided to see the flop calling the 2400. The flop came Kc6c4h; so I had the nut flush draw, against some other player maybe I'd go for the check raise, but against him, I don't want him to be commited to call with his 99 or JJ, so I decided to bet the flop big enough, so he knows there is no fold equity at all, I bet about 5.5k, and he raised to 12k all in, of course I called, he had AK and no club came to recue me. So, I'm down to 9k chips. Very next hand I have 44 in the SB, I still have enough chips, but I'm in the post-big-pot-just-lost mode, and I want my chips back, a terrible mistake of course, EP calls the 800 and Premier raises again to 3200, I decided to play a big pot and reraise all in to 9k; I was not concerned about the EP. since he used to limp, but I should know that Premier is calling me for sure, and 44 is in terrible shape about his possible range. As soon as I went all in, the hand by hand screen is shown, damm it, I then realized my mistake, not precisely because of the bubble, but the bubble made the mistake just a little bigger. EP folded and Premier of course called with 99. Flop was 643, and maybe my PS curse is gone (yeah right!); I saw the turn and the river and didnt see a 9, I was happy, until I saw the chips moving in Premier's direction, what the hell, no 9, no flush board !!, but then I realized that the last 2 cards were 6,6 ; so he had a bigger full house. Fortunately, somebody with less chips decided to go broke in the same hand and I was out in 45th place, the poker Gods gave me a $250 gift despite my mistake. Of course you need to be aggressive in the bubble; but this is just a good example of stupid aggression.