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By: momfight @ 10:09 (EDT) / 432 / Comment ( 7 )

I posted my first blog post in the forum by accident, sorry!  If anyone hasn't read it i'm trying to improve my game by opening it up for others to look at and tear apart.

I'm a micro stakes tournament player who's goal is to get from $35 to $100.  Im at around $75 so far and have won a 90 man SNG, runner up in another and cashed a few times.  My bankroll is doing OK as i've provisioned around 35 buy ins.  When I get to $100 I am going to move up to $2.5 buy ins.

So today I played this MTT and was doing OK.  The blinds were at 200/400 and i'm UTG +1 and I am dealt KK.  Now there has been a lot of spewy play so far on my table.  Guys are going all in with J10, K9 etc as you would expect at this micro limit.  UTG raises to 2bb and I decide to shove.

In my limited experience, I have developed an aggressive style, I would rather bust out of a tournament in 1000th place by trying to double up than not.  I will leave you to judge if this is correct.  Don't get me wrong, i'm not the kind of player who can't win pots with the worst hand, I don;t need to hit premium hands all the time to make chips, but when I see an opportunity I will try to take it aggressively.

Everybody folds except the button who calls (he has only 6k)  So he has AQ and andthe UTG has KK same as me.  We lose the race and I end up with 6k and lose over half my stack and am now in the danger zone as my M value plummets.

I had a weird stack size,  not quite resteal size but a bad play could cripple me and it did.  So now i'm in shove or fold mode and get dealt AK and I shove and pick up the blinds.

A few hands later I get A8os in the CO and mid position raises me.  I dont now what you guys think but I think shoving with A8 is ok as the guy raising has less than 10bb. I call and he turns over AK and i'm crushed.

I have about 2.5 bbs left as I get shoved on and end up busting out in 400th and something place.

I reviewed my entire play over every hand and I don't think I really made many mistakes.

Maybe I could have raised 4x with the kings and seen a flop instead of shoving.  I wanted to get maximum value and I was sure I would get called.  It really finished me off but alot of times I would have doubled through in that spot and been in with a shot at really building a stack with some resteals, steals and squeezes.

Unfortunately for me It wasnt to be.  I'm going to play a 90-man SNG tomorrow and try and get a win to hit my $100 mark.

See you at the tables!

Comments/Criticisms always welcome.


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