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Darkwolves learns Sit and Go

How did I survived this suckout without going on tilt?  I really don't know.  It was so bad other players at the table were going WTF?! in the chat.  I included the hand in the new PSO hand replayer.  Side note: is there a way to exclude player names?  If not, sounds like a future enhancement to me...

Anyway.  I was playing one of the fifty50s, the micro stake $1.11 where I do expect some measure of bad play.  I got sucked out early and left with 120 chips (4 BB).  Now, 4BB is not horrible, but when you consider the rest of the table was at least 50BB deep, well, I lost all fold equity for sure.

Here is the hand history link:

My Analysis
I am dealt AJo in late position.  AJ is not my favorite hand early in the tournament, and this is still the first blind level, and I have very few reads on my opponents.  I would fold it from early position, but I decided to play.  I just limped for pot control because I don't really intend to play this unless I hit the flop.

The flop comes up J74 two spades.  Yay TPTK.  There are 4 players in the hand, 2 in front of me including the big blind and the button.  With wide early limping ranges, it is really hard to put anyone on a hand range.  The first to act MP player min bets.  This smells weak to me, so I raise the pot.  I get a call from the button, BB folds, MP calls.

I'm a little confused by the MP min bet / call move.  I put the button on a probable Jack, JK, JQ, JT are all well within limping range and I think a strong hand would have raised me.  It is possible that MP made the min bet as a blocking bet, then with a raise and a caller in front, he felt that he had odds for a flush draw.  The play did not really make sense, so that was the best explanation I could come up with.

Turn is an ace.  2 Pair!  If one of my opponents had caught a 2 pair on the flop (which was a possibility), I was now ahead of that.  The MP bets out into me again.  Once again I raise him.  He is hard to range, but I am pretty sure I am ahead of anything he was playing.  Button folds which is consistent with my Jack read from before.

River is a 5.  A blank, so I thought.  I might have been worried if it was a 3rd spade as some donks can't get away from a flush draw.  But I could not imagine this 5 helped him. To confirm my suspision, he checks to me.  We are both pot committed at this point, so I shove, he calls.

He turns over 23.  He made a wheel on the river.  I was so shocked... even a couple other players at the table called him out on such horrible play.  He had absolutely nothing and no draws when he called my flop raise.  On the turn he had a gutshot 5 draw for a wheel that was his only out.  He still stayed in and managed to hit his card. Unbelievable.

The Comeback
The very next hand I was dealt A2o.  I was strongly tempted to just shove any two cards at this point, and with 4BB left, that is not necessarily a bad play.  But there were limpers in front of me and I had absolutely no fold equity. I could not imagine that an A2 could hold up, and it would probably be behind from the start anyway.

I did push with 88.  I got a little lucky here.  It was a good spot, and I got 2 callers.  But I hit the set and tripled up.  My next push stole the blinds (apparently my fold equity was back).  I went another orbit before finding a hand I liked. But I managed to double up with A8 dominating a lower ace.

The trick here was, even though I was strongly tempted to just get all my chips in after that beat, I knew deep down that I would be knocked out if I did that.  I waited for a better spot, got lucky and stayed alive.  I made some smart laydowns of decent cards when there were raises in front of me.  I tried to leverage all the fold equity I could find to isolate a single opponent to double up against.

I ended up in the money, and the guy who sucked out on me, due to his horrible play and the fact that everyone at the table now knew how he played, went out in 6th place, one out of the money. It was not a great finish for me.  I only had around 1200 chips at the end, which is not very good for a fifty50 payout.  But I did finish in the money.  As long as you have a chip and a chair there is always I a chance to comeback.
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