Saturday, December 26, 2009

Poker Content

Quick tournament question.

You're playing an online tournament - 45 person NLHE SNG. Let's say it for stakes you are comfortable with (for me, that's free money, because I'm trying to do the filing and other tasks at the same time, but pretend the value is still the same as real money). You aren't trying to pay the mortgage with this win.

Prior to the final table (3 or 4 hands prior), guy announces he wants to go to bed. Starts going all in with any two cards. Announces his cards before he plays. "J-9 off". "78 suited". And he's spot on every time.

He manages to knock out a couple guys that way until you're down to the final table of 9, but only 7 places pay. You've been fortunate to have stayed out of most scuffles with him, and you wake up with QQ. You raise an appropriate amount (say 3-4x) which is less than 1/10th of your stack. He has you slightly outchipped, enough to have you covered.

He announces "A5 offsuit" and goes all in.

Knowing that you are ahead pre-flop, assuming he's telling the truth again, do you call for all your chips, and possibly busting out pre-bubble?

Respectfully submitted,

The Wife


DrChako said...

Absolutely. Every time. Who cares if he spikes his Ace - that's results-oriented thinking. All we can do is get our money in with the best.


Shrike said...

I snap-call.


BWoP said...

Get it in!

Falstaff said...


OhCaptain said...

Chips were in the middle before my brain did the math. You are getting your money in ahead. Remember, poker is a really long game and transcends just this one sng. Numbers people want the dude with A high in there against their queens everytime. You are about a 2:1 favorite. Run it 3 times, you win 2. I like those numbers.

The Wife said...

Given the overwhelming response, I made the right decision. As most of you probably guessed, he caught an A when the cards ran out.

I'm hoping OhCaptain is right and the next two showdowns make it to my chip stack.

Thanks all . . . just wanted to see if you thought you'd play differently, knowing the bubble could break you.

The Wife said...
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SirFWALGMan said...

You are way ahead. Of course you have to go in there. Poker is stupid. The End.