United Kingdom , April 06,2010 : Returning home I cracked on the laptop registered for a series of MTTs and flicked through what had been recorded in my absence. With some choice programmes to watch I sat playing as tight as possible for the first four or five levels of blinds. One tourney was ended when my bullets were cracked but in the others I was comfortably middles stacking with the field halved. At this point I shifted my attention to the tables sparked up a couple of cash games to keep me occupied and muddled on.
At the bubble point in four out of the five tournaments I was in a very healthy position and took advantage of the tightness on the tables. All four of these I went on to final table with varying degrees of success but the more interesting tourney was where I was third to last chip stack at the bubble. Opening up the other table to see what was going on I noticed that I was on the table with all the big stacks. As such I decided to make a play for the first prize and went hugely aggressive and quickly trebled my stack simply through blinds and one c-bet.
As the bubble passed i was quite comfortable and given my recent aggression shut right down and concentrated on my cash games which were going quite nicely after one initial failed buy in (kk against aj – variance!). In the tourney UTG min raised followed by a push from a short stack, a call from the chip leader in the cut-off leaving me on the button with AA and a potential five players left in the hand. I pushed and all five called, the blinds were both short stacked so called with pretty much rags but when the big stack turned over QJ I knew I was in trouble. Sure enough the flop reads QQ8 before bricking out and the big stack taking nearly half of all chips left in the tournament.
I suppose my reason for this blog is to complain and wonder whether folding AA there with the potential of five other callers is +EV...
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