A tournament story
By Daniel - Oldies990
Over the past two years I have played in over 30 tournaments with an average buy-in of 50-$150. All the players who I play with are very amateur like and as I like to call it "Gunslingers." [I play in local tournies in the city that I live in and casino tournies near the city where I live]. No matter what cards they have they think it's golden. What's even worse is the fact that not only are these players' gunslingers but they believe that whenever anyone bets it has to be a bluff. They just can't ever believe that a person could ever have cards and I love to profit off of these players.
Usually if I get banged out early by some calling station I decide to play the side game tournament and win back all my money and then some. But I am not here to boast about winnings I am here for a rant.
Anyway, recently at one of these tournies I got banged out early by someone outdrawing my pocket KK with Pocket 3's. But what could I do, this happens in poker all the time and you have to expect to get outdrawn your fair share of times.
But the reason of this article is due to one of the worst calls I've seen yet at a tourney in my life time. This happened at the local tourney with 35 players who initially started with 1000 in tourney chips. With 14 people left in the tournament blinds were at 100-200. Avg chip stack was just about 2,500.
Anyway the hand was folded around to the battle of the blinds and the button.
Button has 3,500 in tourney chips
SB has 4,250
BB has 2000
The button double the blinds and the SB flat calls with the BB folding.
The flop come
Q- A - 5
SB a very aggressive maniac player bets 400 tourney chips and the button immediately raises it to 1000 to go and SB calls the additional 600.
Sb checks and so does button
The Sb checks to the button and the button ponders for a couple of minutes and goes all in for 2100 tourney chips. The sb thinks for about two minutes and shouts out, "I am pot committed, and you're bluffing anyways so I gotta call." At that very instant I was wondering what the heck was this guy was talking about. He invested 1,400 in tourney chips and I concluded he must have middle pair and is just trying to justify going all in by saying he was pot committed which he definitely was not.
The Sb turns over his cards with authority and shows 4-7 off-suit??? All of a sudden I start to crack up as this guy was playing the seven high for the pot. The button then turns over his cards and with a look of disbelief pats the SB in the back. .
The button player had 9-3 of spades. The flush draw that didn't hit.. And won with a 9 high.
As I tried to replay this hand over and over I still can't believe what I had seen. What could have the small blind beat. The answer was only 6-4 and under. What was this man thinking. Either this man had balls of steel or he was a true moron. This was one for the ages in my opinion. The SB had the correct read but what was he expecting, to win with 7 high??? Anyway the point of this story is never bluff into a sheriff. He will always think your bluffing and call you down. So pay close attention to the players you are playing against and stay smart.