Happy 4th to all.
I will be leaving for AC in the morning, wish me luck!!!
Any suggestions on which card rooms are the best? I have been up a few times, but haven't played heavily at any particular room. This trip I want to be able to sit down and play a lot of poker.
I want to go back and look at another big hand from my last tournament..
This one was title Big hand 4.
I am chip leader at my table at this point with about 20k blinds are 300/600.
I am dealt QQ in the big blind.
3 callers to me, I raise to 2400.
1 caller to the flop
caller was out of position and checked in the dark
94A came out.
I put a feeler bet of 2400 out and he raised to 6000.
I called his raise.
Turn brought a 6.
He went all in
What do you do in this situation? I had enough information on the player (although I hadn't been playing with him long) to sit back and contemplate making a call here. A friend of mine warned me when he came to my table that he was solid. If he hadn't told me this I might have folded to the ace off the bat. However this piece of information made me stop and think a little longer. Could he be making a move without the ace?
This has turned into a big pot and is definitely worth fighting for at this point. What other pieces of information do I have..
He called a raise of 2400 with 4800 in the pot preflop.
He was being offered 2-1 on his money preflop. Not horrible, but not great. Not good enough to be playing any suited cards, but good enough to hold a hand like 10J suited, double paint, a high ace, or a pocket pair.
What holdings concern me here?
A pocket pair, say 99 or 66 that hit a set.
KK the only pocket pair not to hit the board that beats me, and a high ace.
If it is a high ace it is unlikely that he has AQ because I hold two queens.
To call the preflop raise I think he would need at least A10. He has shown pure strength up to this point, which makes me doubt A10,AJ.
These hands are strong but not strong enough to raise then push all in after the raise was called. Ak is a strong possibility, except for his preflop action. He acted before me. He just limped into the pot prior to my raise. A solid player usually does not limp with AK.
He probably wouldn't limp with any strong ace. That leaves 99,66,44. I think 66,44 are strong possibilities based on how he has played this hand.
What other pieces of information do I have available? Remember he raised my 2400 off the flop. I took a good amount of time to make that call. He very well could be playing off of this. If I took a while to call his initial raise I would certainly have to improve to call another big raise. Could a 6 have improved me? Probably not. He knows I fear the ace at this point. He has to know I fear the ace. That explains his moves, but I still don't have enough information to make this call.
I glance over at him quickly to see how he is handling me taking a little while to make my decision. He is sitting with his arms folded staring away from me. He is sitting in a very stern manor to suggest that he is very tense right now. He wont look at me, which makes me question what he is hiding. I look under his folded arm and see his heart beating from the side of his chest. He is breathing heavily. That is it, he is bluffing. He has to be bluffing. He is doing everything he can to not give me a tell, he knows I am weak against an Ace and he is making a move.
I take one more second to make sure I want to make this call, and finally I say it... "I call".
He looks at me and utters... "I really didn't want to hear that" as he flips over K9. I jump up from my seat in amazement that I just made that read. He is shaking his head, saying I cant believe you could make that call.. The hand ends and his chips slide over to my stack. He walks over and shakes my hand, telling me how amazed he was that I made that call. I hear him in the background saying he would play that hand the exact same way again.
My question to you is, do you think (ignoring the end result) that I made the right move?
Would you have made the call with the same information available?