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Poker :: Damn you Anna
  submitted on November 8, 2006, 1:17 PM


I played in a little 2-table S&G over at PokerStars yesterday, which had some humorous results. Literally 13 minutes into the tourney, 7 people were eliminated, leaving me playing at a five-handed table for the next 15 minutes or so. At about a half hour in we're down to one table, and unfortunately for me I'm near the bottom of the leaderboard because I'm not a donkey and didn't do something ridiculous like push all my chips in six hands into a tournament and happen to double up from it. But whatever, I'm not too worried. Everyone else at the table is pretty bad, so I was able to seize opportunities and get some chips while the shorties donked their way out.

Well, the top 4 get paid, and we're down to the last 5 players. I'm clearly the short stack at around 2,000 chips. Next highest up are around 4,000, chip leader is at about 8,000. Blinds are 150/300 or so, and I get AK in the big blind. Everyone folds to the sb who calls. Now, I tried this earlier in the tournament, where I pushed all-in in the bb when just the sb called and took the pot. I wanted his chips in the pot, and I thought maybe if I pushed, he would think I was trying to steal and call with a crap hand.

(Un)fortunately for me, he was anticipating this, and the second I pushed (After 'contemplating'), he called and flipped over his A7, convinced that he was going to screw me out of my steal attempt. So, after getting him to do exactly what I wanted him to do, having him dominated no less, Of course the flop hits A 7 3, and IGH on the bubble. It just hurts that much more when you purposely out play our opponent and get them to think one thing when they're completely wrong for thinking it. I used a previous hand to make him think I was stealing with a poor hand, also making him think his A7 was a good hand to call with, when really I had him dominated.

I guess some could call the push over-aggressive, but considering my M was hovering between 5 and 6, and I was easily the short stack, I had to make a move, and AK against A7 is a great time to make a move. If only someone could have told the cards what a good idea it was.

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