I’m a bad bad blogger
I’ve been remiss in not pimping the Battle of the Bloggers – the multi-tourney blogger challenge that, judging from last night’s Mookie turnout, has apparently awoken the competitive poker beast in all of us. Not only did BadBlood show up at last night’s Mookie, there was a large Austin presence with Amy, Gus, and I all starting at the same table.
My play was nothing spectacular. I don’t play much poker these days because I’ve simply got so many other things I want to do, and really don’t have the time to fit them all in. Last night found me with no plans and nothing due the next day, and I decided to take advantage of this rarity by donating a tourney buyin. It appears I no longer keep hand histories on my computer, so I don’t have the exact details to refer to, but let me lay out a hand for you and you tell me what you’d do in the situation.
You’re in early position with Ace-middle kicker. Player a few seats to your left raises, everyone folds back to you. Your stack is about twice the size of your opponent’s. What’s your move?
[waits for everyone to say “fold, duh”]
What if the other player is Waffles? Now you have HUGE implied tilt odds. H-U-G-E. Here I think the correct move is to push all-in. If he calls, fine, you’re maybe live. If he folds, you can then show him your likely inferior cards and prep the scene for a blowup. I believe it’s an easy push. And yes, I know the benefits of tilting your opponent only help you when he still has chips left, but as Iggy can tell you, Waffles tilt is the gift that keeps on giving long after you’ve left the poker table. Sadly, it didn’t work out for me this time, but I maintain the move was the correct one given the situation. A few hands later I gifted the remainder of my stack to Gus, who is a gotdamn menace with pocket 8s.
It was a lot of fun to play with everyone though, and hopefully I’ll find myself with some more of that precious free time soon. A big thanks to all our blogger gents for running this little competition, and don’t forget about the WPBT Player of the Year race – next tourney is the 22nd.