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Sit-N-Go – 1

I’m being lazy and skipping to my final hand in this tournament, but everything else was pretty normal.

Anyways, its heads-up, and despite taking down a few pots, the chip leader has still got a huge lead over me. I find 96 and call the BB who checks behind.

On the flop I make an open ended straight draw, but my opponent rather quickly makes a large bet, this was unussual for this player, up to now, he had bet around 300 to pick up the pot, and he’s not likely to make a reckless bluff in this spot, so I know he’s got it at this point.

I quickly rule calling out, because if I miss my outs on the turn and face a large bet, which I almost certainly would I’ll have a difficult decision, so I push all-in to make sure I see both cards and to try and double up. I miss my outs and I’m out in 2nd.

Sit-N-Go -2

Picked up a pretty hand hand here with QJs, and its the type of hand I rarley get an opportunity to play, so was pleased to be able to see a flop for half price against only one opponent. The flop gave me nothing, but my opponent checked behind so I got to see the turn for free.

The turn gave me the nut straight, but also may have completed a flush, I opt to lead out and maybe take down the pot there, my opponent calls. The river was a safe card for me, putting me at a loss to only a flush made on the turn, but I check anyway, which I think was a mistake, my opponent leads out for $150 and I call, which may have been another mistake, but he would likely beat here with many hands, and I was only beaten by the flush.

What I feel I should have done was lead out on the river with a bet of $90, which I thought about, and he may have called behind saving me a bet, but I think what changed my mind was the size of the pot, where a bet of $90 would look very weak, and I may have gotten re-raised.

This was easily my favorite hand of the match. I held pocket queens, and raised to 4xBB and get one caller. The flop brought a dreaded over card, a King, and to make matters worse my opponent puts me all-in. My first instinct is to fold and accept I’m beat by a King, my 2nd thought then says push all-in and hope for the best, as I’ll only have 4.5 orbits (ish) if I fold here before I’m blinded out.

I instead take my time to evaluate the situation. The time button pops up and I click it, to give my 60 seconds on my decision. What stood out immediately was how quickly he acted on the flop, it was almost instant, and his bet was unusually large, even if he had AK, I wouldn’t expect him to bet so much, so after 20 seconds or so of thought, I decide he could be trying to buy the pot and call, to see AJ, I’m aware he has outs, but I avoid them and I double up.

Lucky enough to find kings here against an all-in push from a short stack, I fully expect to be way ahead of the short stack, but know I’m vulnerable if I call and get callers behind me so I push all-in to isolate the short stack, and take down another nice pot. action is now down to 4, and I have become critically low on chips. I would ussually have made a few moves, but there was always a shorter guy beneth me, but close enough to me that I didn’t want to make plays with marginal hands only to loose my chip advantage other the shorter stack, so in this respect I was forced to hang on awhile, though naturally if he had doubled up I would have become very aggressive.

In the final hand I hold T5s, and the short stack is all-in for just under my stack, so I throw my chips in as well, not so much hoping that I win, but more hoping the short stack losses which will give me 3rd place money, which is good enough if I don’t get lucky and double up.

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , | 2 Comments