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  8-Jun-14, 15:21   #1
Cheap MTT bad beat did I play this well? 0 
Joined: Aug '13
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 52 (M)
Posts: 17
Okay so I received a ticket to play this MTT by playing enough real money games. I was building my stack steadily and consistently and then this hand came along.
Out of position, I raised A 10, not good but reads told me the table was weak and I could gain easy chips, hell not everyone was at the table so there were some auto -folds. Anyway I get called by the big blind.
flop: A 2 6 - He bets, I call
turn: 7 - He bets, I call
river: 8 - He bets, I raise, he reraises, I push, he calls.

I show A 10, he shows 9 10. Good play by me, or him, or vice versa?
(there were no flush draws on this board)

  8-Jun-14, 15:30   #2

Joined: May '08
Location: Germany
Age: 53 (M)
Posts: 6545
You massively overplayed your hand at the river. What do you think you can beat with your AT there? If you want to keep the initiative, then raise his flop bet.

  8-Jun-14, 15:31   #3

Joined: May '11
Location: United Kingdom
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Stack sizes and blind level will have some bearing on how you should have played it. That said an all in shove on the river (providing you still had a workable stack at this point) probably wasn't the wisest move. You only have one pair with a ten kicking and it's a pretty wet board. There are so many hands that you could be losing to; better ace, trips, two pair and straights.

Much better to just call his river bet and get your hand to showdown.

The thing you should have been asking yourself is "can he call my all-in with worse than A,10", if the answer is probably no then it's either call or fold because there is no point in raising.

Edited by zeroster (Sunday, June 08, 2014 @ 15:39 GMT)

  8-Jun-14, 16:06   #4

Joined: Jan '14
Location: Portugal
Age: 51 (M)
Posts: 271
Before making a river raise, always think about what hands can call you that you beat. When you raise the river, even AK is just calling, so when he reraises, you're only beating bluffs, imo. Follow that thought process and it'll make you money Blink

  8-Jun-14, 16:31   #5
Joined: Aug '13
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 52 (M)
Posts: 17
Thanks everybody - should've thought - a call seemed coherent with his play on later streets and you can only do 2 things: get a better hand to fold or a worse hand to call and he was too pot committed to fold so he needed to have worse than AT, and I got greedy after being on a heater. Still can improve though.

  8-Jun-14, 17:07   #6
Joined: May '13
Location: Mauritius
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 2688
Well for me my strategy to play depends on the levels and the stack size i have, the more levels there are to play, i will play tighter and hope to get to the mid level where if i have a big stack and medium one i will go aggressive of course if at lower level i get a loose pusher i will call with cards which has good equity. Anyway good luck guys hope you make it to the top and have fun crushing those players.

  8-Jun-14, 17:45   #7
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 6668
I have to agree with shokaku here, your strategy was not very thought of...

Well, the good part is that at least you learned something out of it so better luck next time. Keep us posted!

  9-Jun-14, 09:27   #8

Joined: Mar '11
Location: Croatia
Age: 38 (M)
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Raising A10 or whatever other hand of position can be a bit risky when getting 2 or 3 late callers ( that happens quite frequently in low buy-in mtts as you know). Usually i either have a big hand to do this or act like i have a big one, depending as you said, the feel the table gives you.
In this case you actually got position on the flop but you cannot forget all your holding is a weak ace. If it was me i would re-raise big on his flop bet to kill it right there. U cannot afford to give him cheap cards so either he hitted a big hand or he has to let it go.

  9-Jun-14, 11:36   #9

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
Age: 33 (M)
Posts: 10057
probably majority id said in post above, but i cannot resist the temptation to pocket in additional 10 mobpoints, so here goes:
1st, playing A10 out of position is so so... you have an excuse bout reading the table, so i guess it's not too bad
2nd- if you thought about winning the hand, then after the flop was the time to do it, you got in with an ace, flopped you ace- what else do you want? reraise or go all-in right here...
3rd- whats the point of reraising a raise and then going all-in on the river if your hand didn't improved a bit? why going allin on the flop was silly, but doing so after the river with no additional improvements was not?

  9-Jun-14, 20:29   #10
Joined: Feb '11
Location: Germany
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 1854
No information about blinds,stacksizes, raisesizes.. so no, not giving any advice.. because giving any advice without these informations will be false advice..

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