When you play in unfamiliar settings, you’re never quite sure how other players will play you. I found out quickly how true that was at the 30 man tournament on Friday. With pocket jacks in the second or third hand and three callers in front of me, I wanted to eliminate any straggly hands so I raised 6x (at the time I thought it was 5x) the big blind.
Blinds were only at 25 and 50 – the initial stage – and everyone had most of their chip stack so I wanted to ensure that I could get any K10 or weak Ace types out of my way. So I raised to 300 total. We started with 6k. The result? All 3 limpers called.
So I go with it and the flop comes out 10xx – all low cards with 2 diamonds. Play gets checked to me and I bet 650 which I think was a really solid bet. At this point, it should have been pretty obvious that I had something pretty good. The first two players fold but I get one caller.
The turn is a 6d which puts a flush possibility out there. Player checks and then I make another bet of at least 650. Called again. The last card comes out and is also a low card. Check from the player. I check down.
He turns over 10-6 offsuit and I just lose about a third of my chip stack with pocket jacks. I wasn’t a fan of the opening call with 106 off, but I can understand calling to be unpredictable with a juiced pot. He had his starting chip stack and was taking a stab at it (albeit with an extremely weak hand). However, I don’t like his call with a pair of 10s and a 6 kicker on the flop. He was risking a ton of money on that and had no idea who I was or how I played.
I predicted he wouldn’t last very long in my head and I was right. He was out in about an hour in 20something place. The thing is I’m not sure if I could have even got him off top pair if I pushed all-in. I put him as a bad player and he proved me right. I did feel a little bit better when I took some chips off him later with a bluff. I set it up because I turned over the jacks after he had got me in the second hand.
That play set me back immediately but I was able to overcome it eventually. I’ll keep in my head his lack of discipline for next time and make him pay more to see a flop. I don’t know if there is really anything I could have done differently to prevent this from happening given the circumstances. 3 limpers before me – how much more should I have raised?