Made it back to the live tables after a couple of month's absence, with one of the local poker groups here floating a $10 discount on a $40 tournament at Normandie Casino, which I had yet to go to, so I figured I would check it out.
Kind of a dreary place...bad lighting, low ceilings, but the staff was nice enough. I make my buyin and sit down to play. 6000 chips, 25 min levels
Lots of limping. I took advantage of that by raising late with not much, maybe 10's being the best hand I saw all day. We are roughly an hour in when this happens.
Im utg with starting stack, 100/200. I look down at QhKh and raise it to 500. Folds until the button who conpletes. I tangled with this guy ince before, splitting a pot with Ax and neither of us beating the board. He had been routinely linping.
Board comes Ah Jc 3h. With 1300 in the pot And liking this draw, I make it 1000. Villain pauses a bit, and matter of factly, says, I'm going all in.
He's got me covered, and im fairly cerain he has an ace...but i have a nut flush draw and a straight draw. With all the hearts and 10's, i come to thr cinclusion its a coin flip (in reality im a 53/47 dog, after looking later).
This is always tough, staking a tournament on a coin flip this early.. But, if i hit, Im in great shape with well over 12k. I call, and its all black for the turn and river, and Im out.
I dont fault the play, and in a cash game it would be a no-brainer call. Still, i could have gotten away from that and still been ok. But in theory, the move is, essentially, a $40 bet. Thats it. In a 1k wsop event? It would be a 1k bet, and with that perspective I went home thinking a lot about how buy-in anount might be affecting my play adversely...assuming i felt my call with kq was just. To say that in another scenario I would fold to that shove is an interesting reflection on where my game is...and isnt.