Monday, March 28, 2005

I Admit, It Was Wrong

I just came in second in a SNG tourney over on Full Tilt. I wish I could feel good about it but I made a very fishy play to get there and pissed a guy off in the process. Here's what happened as far as I remember:

We were either at level 3 or level 4 so the blinds were either 30/60 or 40/80. I was down a few hundred from my starting stack of T1500. I was dealt A6 of diamonds on the button after seeing a lot of marginal and crappy hands. I'm sure there had been a raise but it wasn't big enough for me to lay down the best hand I had seen in at least 2 orbits, so I called. The flop came 4 6 7 with 2 diamonds. My opponent bet somewhere around T400 or T500. This is where I believe I made the mistake but I rationalized the call by telling myself that middle pair and a flush draw were good enough to continue. The turn brought another 7 and my opponent bet enough to put me all-in. I went into think mode.

By calling after the flop I had put myself in a precarious position. My stack was crippled and, with the blinds rising every five minutes, it was likely that I wouldn't cash since only one player was out at this point. I had 2 pair and a flush draw. He could have had a 7 or an overpair and probably had me beat. The choice, as I saw it, was to fold and, probably go out before the cash, or call and take my chances on a miracle river card. The last possibility was that he was bluffing and just trying to take down what had become a decent sized pot. I decided that if I was going out I wanted it to be now rather than later. Why spend another 20 minutes hoping I could get cards and double up only to end up out anyway? I called the all-in.

My opponent flipped up pocket Jacks and I got ready to type in "nh, gg". I realize I still had outs but I just didn't think I was going to hit. But, of course, I did because I wouldn't be writing about this hand if I didn't. The river was an Ace and the chips were pushed to me. I was happy to still be in but I was also stunned by the result. I didn't know what to say so I chose to remain silent. My opponent, however, did not.

"how in the hell do you call with only
a 6 and a straight as well as a possible set and
straight on the board?"


He was right, it was a bad call but I'm not sure where this straight business came from. With a board of 4677A
he would have had to be playing worse cards than I to make a straight and he obviously didn't notice the flush draw which gave me a few more outs. He had every right to be upset as he was down to about T400 and was likely to go out very soon.

I didn't play any hands for awhile because I was a little upset at his reaction and the way I played but I also wasn't getting anything decent. In the meantime he managed to steal some blinds and take a couple of small pots in an effort to make it further. He just couldn't do it and ended up out in 5th. Again, I felt bad but I had to move on as I was still in the game. Unfortunately he hadn't let it go and proceeded to let me have it after he got knocked out.

"learn how to play, you
SHOULD have laied that down IF you KNEW what
you were doing but its apparent you don't "
(emphasis and misspelling are his)


I need to grow a thicker skin because those words hurt. I have been very proud of my recent play but I am also the first one to admit that I have a lot to learn. I made a mistake and got lucky. I'm not proud of it but it happens to everyone. I took a bad beat the other day when a guy got one of his 2 outs on the river but I just laughed it off and tried to re-build my stack. Making him feel bad wasn't going to get me my chips back.

I then went on to place 2nd in the tourney even though I probably didn't deserve it.

Thoughts, opinions, criticism, and advice are more than welcome.

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