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Tournament Table Management

By: PapiW @ 10:05 (EDT) / 578 / Comment ( 0 )
Recently, I was 'questioned' about my play on this RAZZ hand. SInce, I'm a donk I figured I'd post it to see if my reasoning was sound. Starting hand #441,078,988 Player 1 starts with 205 Player 2 starts with 840 PapiW starts with 17,220 Player 3 starts with 3,160 Player 4 starts with 130 Player 5 starts with 900 Player 6starts with 1,985 Player 7 starts with 2,280 As you can see, I am chip-leader, with all other stacks bunched together. Player 3 is a good player, who I had made a mental decision earlier in the tournament to try and 'starve' them of chips if at all possible. >>>DEALING THIRD STREET<<< Player 1 dealt up 4s Player 2 dealt up 2h PapiW dealt up 5h PapiW dealt down 4h 8d Player 3 dealt up Js Player 4 dealt up Kd Player 5 dealt up Kh Player 6dealt up 5d Player 7 dealt up Qs Player 1 posts the ante 50 Player 2 posts the ante 50 PapiW posts the ante 50 Player 3 posts the ante 50 Player 4 posts the ante 50 Player 5 posts the ante 50 Player 6posts the ante 50 Player 7 posts the ante 50 Player 5 opens with the highest card Player 5 brings-in low 100 Player 6folds Player 7 folds Player 2: u2 Player 1 raises 55 to 155 and is all-in Player 2 calls 155 PapiW raises 200 to 355 We have a player all-in, and in keeping with my 'starve' the player I re-raise. Forcing them to have a good hand before they enter. Player 3 calls 355 I was surprised this player calls with a Jack showing as their door card. Player 4 folds Player 5 folds Player 2 calls 200 >>>DEALING FOURTH STREET<<< Player 1 dealt up 4c Player 2 dealt up 6s PapiW dealt up 5c Player 3 dealt up 8h Player 2 will open Player 2 checks PapiW bets 200 My goal here is to run Player 3 out, I do not wish for them to accumulate chips, which they are capable of using. Player 3 calls 200 Player 2 calls 200 >>>DEALING FIFTH STREET<<< Player 1 dealt up 7h Player 2 dealt up 3d PapiW dealt up 8s Player 3 dealt up Ks Player 2 will open Player 2 bets 235 and is all-in PapiW calls 235 Player 3 folds >>>DEALING SIXTH STREET<<< Player 1 dealt up Td Player 2 dealt up 9c PapiW dealt up Qh PapiW: my hand sux >>>DEALING RIVER<<< Player 1 dealt up As Player 1 shows a T,7,4,3,A low (cards were Jd 3c) Player 2 dealt up 7d Player 2 shows a 7,6,5,3,2 low (cards were 2s 5s) PapiW dealt up 6d PapiW shows a Q,8,6,5,4 low PapiW: sigh Player 2 wins 1,670 with a 7,6,5,3,2 low Player 2 wins 1,120 with a 7,6,5,3,2 low Player 1 finishes in 15th place The point being, it was to my advantage to keep the stack dyanamics at the table where they were at. Whether Player 1 or 2 won the hand did not affect that (due to stack size), Had Player 3 won the hand however, I felt their skill level would of made them a bigger threat. (In reality, Player 2 turned out to be quite a challenger, notes taken.. welcome to PSO ;)) The loss of 800tc or so was of much less value to me, than the gaining of 2+k would of been for Player 3. There are times in a tournament, where it is to your advantage to keep the short stacks in at your table, and attempt to 'starve' another player of chips. By doing so, you can manage the table or more importantly, the dynamics of the table. This seemed to be one of them. Comments welcome.
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