I played in a local no limit hold’em tournament Wednesday night. I was doing great until I called a 6500 All In re-raise when the blinds were at 300/600.
There were eight at the table. Two players had limped in before me. I raised to 1200 on the Button. The Small Blind folded, and the Big Blind re-raised All In for 6500. The action was folded over to me. I had A 10 off suit, 4.2K behind and knew that he had nothing. I called him and he turned over 8 9 clubs. So, you know how that worked out… His 9 got paired on the Flop and I lost that big chunk o’ chips.
So then I went into rebuild-the-stack mode. Played cautiously for a while, lasted a little longer and was not able to get anything going.
My final hand, blinds were 400/800. I was in the Small Blind and limped in with Q 5 off suit and 1600 behind. The Big Blind limped in as well. Four players were in the hand. Flop came 3 Q 5 rainbow. Two Pair for me! WOO HOO! I had a chance to gain some momentum. I checked just to see who was going to raise me All In. The Big Blind raised to 3600. The player in middle position folded. The Button called 3600, and of course, I was all in for 1600. I was pretty excited expecting to win ~6000 chips. The Turn was a blank, and the River was a 10. Still looked safe to me – even when the Big Blind slapped down A A – then the Button turned over Q 10 & my Q 5 was squashed.
So you might be shaking your head about that 6500 call earlier on. It was a lot of chips —but— I am working on expanding the number of hands I play. I have been playing so tight at these Eastern Poker Tour No Limit Holdem tournaments. I need to loosen up. Maybe next time I’ll play A 10 – only for smaller stakes. It’s all good…part of the learning process. Now I know the kinds of hands the player that was in the Big Blind plays and the *moves* he makes. 🙂