Monday, August 13, 2007

Just how pot committed are you?

For those who don't know, being pot committed means that either your opponent has gone all-in for such a small amount that the pot odds demand a call or that your stack is so short that the same thing applies.

When you're in the latter situation, I think pot odds become a less than deciding factor - after all, your tournament life is on the line, and that's worth whatever the tournament buy-in was in real dollars.

Full Tilt Poker Game #_: $30 + $3 Sit & Go (_), Table 1 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 6:23:40 ET - 2007/08/13
Seat 1: villain (420)
Seat 2: (1,405)
Seat 3: (4,358)
Seat 5: (1,237)
Seat 7: (160)
Seat 8: (3,150)
Seat 9: hero (2,770)
Seat 2 posts the small blind of 25
Seat 3 posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to hero [4h Ad]
Seat 5 folds
Seat 7 folds
Seat 8 folds
hero raises to 150

An ace in the cut-off folded around? Sure.

villain calls 150
Seat 2 calls 125
Seat 3 calls 100
*** FLOP *** [9h 4d As]


Seat 2 checks
Seat 3 checks
hero bets 600
villain calls 270, and is all in
Seat 2 folds
Seat 3 folds
hero shows [4h Ad]
villain shows [6d 5c]

Say what?

If he was going to call the pre-flop raise short stacked, why didn't he just move in? I probably would have folded my crappy ace. What was he really hoping to get with his 6-high post-flop? The back-door 78? Even if he thought I was just making a continuation bet, say, with KQo, I still had him down to 6 outs. Yes, there was 1200 in the pot and it cost him 270 to make the call, but it was his last 270, and against the pre-flop raiser. There's no chance at all I had an ace?

Uncalled bet of 330 returned to hero
*** TURN *** [9h 4d As] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [9h 4d As 3d] [8s]
hero shows two pair, Aces and Fours
villain shows Ace Nine high
hero wins the pot (1,140) with two pair, Aces and Fours
villain stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,140 | Rake 0
Board: [9h 4d As 3d 8s]
Seat 1: villain (button) showed [6d 5c] and lost with Ace Nine high
Seat 2: (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 3: (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 5: didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: hero showed [4h Ad] and won (1,140) with two pair, Aces and Fours

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