Defending BB $350 MTT & My Thought Proccess
Just posting a hand that I played in the recent tournament that I found interesting. This hand comes from my $350 Second Chance Megastack Tournament that I played during the APLPT Series in Sydney, Australia late January.
Humble brag but I walked away with the trophy, reviewing the hand histories and listening to the podcast paying off 😛
There is only 1 table at this point, the tournament was incredibly slow to get off the ground, and with only 1hour of late reg, there has only been a total of 11 entries so far (a couple of busted) and we have a table of 6.
Also, the structure of this tournament is a little abnormal; people can sit down with a 30K starting stack but also get a lifeline, this lifeline can be exchanged at any point during the tournament as long as you’re not in the hand and you get another 30K stack – I elected to sit down from the very first hand with a 60K (cashing my lifeline) essentially playing this as a $350 freeze. If you busted with your lifeline you get another 30k starting stack.
My table while small is a relativly known field, a lot of strong but young Sydney grinders are all vying for the win; first place not only will get a few thousand but also there are ICM implications with the $100,000 free roll tournament that is qualifiers only for next year.
I am in the BB with an effective stack of 90,000. Our table is currently 6handed.
The button just under my stack would roughly have a stack of 80-85,000. They are early twenties, competent & GTO-trained / knowledgeable.
Perhaps a loose defense, but I know my opponent could be raising with medium hands and not just the top left of their chart. I’m still learning 6max defending from BB so please tell me how wrong I am here. I still am perhaps a little too egregious with defending my blinds, especially to such a small sizing with my ante out in the middle.
Blinds are 1000/2000/2000 (BB Ante)
Villian, Button: Raises 5500
Hero, BB: Call 5500 8s4s
8 10 6 hss
Villian: Bets 5000
Hero: Calls 5000
I think this is pretty standard to call a middle pair with frontdoor spades, I think 6-handed this hand perhaps can raise the bet also; ranges are so wide open 6handed even the early position isn’t super defined.
Let me know if this flat is ok? Considering my hand it’s a pretty good flop.
board: 8 10 6 4 hssh
Hero: Bet 9000
Villian: Thinks and calls.
I think with my sizing I want to keep possible heart combos in this hand that now have picked up backdoor potential, I believe this small sizing shows strength but I’m thinking on reflection this is a blunder. I think I need to go bigger here with such a weak hand that has turned incredible amounts of equity, should I be going larger and trying to get my chips in?
board: 8 10 6 4 4 hsshd
Hero: All-In effective 55000
Villian: Snap Calls
Showdown QQhs vs 84ss
Hero has Fullhouse: 8s full of 4s.
Rivering the 2nd nuts makes me confident my hand is just the nuts as pocket 10s in my mind would check-raise to pile chips in on the turn; there are a lot of wide ranges from the button here still in 6max and I’m leaning to Villian having more of the upper left; AA,KK, AKh, KQh, KJh etc. While pocket 10s does lean itself into this range I think BB defending has more 10s in range 6-handed, or should in theory but I could be wrong here.
Wanting to go for value I’m looking at the board, looking at my opponent, trying to figure out the right sizing, and decide this is a board I need to polarize; there are exactly 3 combos 10s and dozens more of so many bluff-catching hands.
My read is right and Villian snaps me off with QQ covering both suites, Villian wasn’t happy to bust to 84 suited, but sometimes you just catch the wildest hands in the big blind.
I think my table image especially 6-handed gets me paid here; I am identifably a LAG player especially when I have chips; I like to bully and create a polarized image of myself at the table.
Just thought i’d share a hand I thought was interesting, I am more than capable of risking my tournament on a bluff here; never be scared to put chips in is my motto and i die by that sword. But 6-max or 6handed tables are something I’m wanting to explore more so anyone with more experince on building these ranges that could chime in and give general advice would be great.
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