Knowing the right time to fold is extremely important in a tournament especially around the bubble (cut off position before you make $). I was once in a hand and looked down at AA. we are exactly at the bubble.
I knew a half decent player before me raised 3 X blind. I got aces and am deep I want action been waiting all tourney for this. I min raise 2 hands over an extremely tight player goes all in covering me other guy calls I m pot committed and short stacked with AA with maybe 7 blinds left I Love it. Wrong
Board ends up with four hearts on board First postion shows JJ I show AA she shows AA with the A high flush knocking us both out. Problem here is that JJ had more $ than me and beats me because of it giving him prize $ and me the bubble. You see I was greedy. Are you mad you say you got in best. no I got in tied. But logically If I folded here and let some I know to be a tight person take out JJ I would have made $ and not JJ. SICK I know but think about it.
It's honestly true also. I learned something that day though.
Table image in this hand is important Im extremely tight at time against aggressive big blind.
Im on the bubble 30 ppl place and were at 31. I know hes agressive he knows Im tight and short stacked and were on the bubble. Ive learned a lesson as I said. This isn't a freeroll either been trying a tourney or 2 lately. so its my $ and bubble against agressive type player.
Easy fold knowing this info and prior bad experiences gave me a placing of 21 instead of 31 for folding this.
Table #10707983 - Tournament #6965898 Table #2
Starting Hand #532821016
Start time of hand: 30 Sep 2008 00:54:26
Last Hand #532820291
Game Type: HOLD'EM
Limit Type: NO LIMIT
Table Type: TOURNAMENT
Money Type: TOURNAMENT CHIPS
Blinds are now $400/$800
Button is at seat 6
Seat 1: woodsy55 - $20,386
Seat 2: waylay - $8,315
Seat 4: sbar93 - $12,543
Seat 5: Misch01 - $2,411
Seat 6: Mullallymu - $4,148
Moving Button to seat 1
woodsy55 posts ante of $100
waylay posts ante of $100
sbar93 posts ante of $100
Misch01 posts ante of $100
Mullallymu posts ante of $100
waylay posts small blind ($400)
sbar93 posts big blind ($800)
Dealing [Qd Kc] to waylay
Misch01 did not respond in time and is folded
waylay: OMG if I wasnt at a bubble position Id push ya in
waylay folds and shows [Qd Kc]
sbar93 doesn't show
sbar93 wins $1,300
Seat 1: woodsy55 - $20,286
Seat 2: waylay - $7,815
Seat 4: sbar93 - $13,343
Seat 5: Misch01 - $2,311
Seat 6: Mullallymu - $4,048
End Of Hand #532821016
Are you mad you say again? heads up short stacked blind on blind at a 6 person table with KQ? No im on the bubble against an agressive type person that knows we are on the bubble and covers me, If I covered him its different.If I flat call he is going to steal it knowing I wouldnt call with AA even(because I know now), Im not stupid enough to push my stack in with this hand so there's only one option. So I folded my small blind saving 400$ Why? think about WHY? I surrender my blind and place for sure no variables involved and get the button next and maybe some one at another table knocked out. I coulda used that stack and a double up badly there But why honest? you can gamble or you can pick a sure thing and not gamble but play. Again KQ is one of the most over rated hands in poker. A 2 is beating you preflop let alone 22 AK AQ.
Patience grasshopper. Id rather push with Ace 2 here than my hand but id rather fold Ace 2 first.
But with my stack at them blinds and antes if we were at 30 ppl and not 31 I woulda had to push him in and gamble then. I think he would have folded with my table image. And yes I would have been bluffing and scared of any Ace. But at the same time statistically blind on blind at those blinds and antes it woulda been time to shove that hand and use my image against him and steal his blind for once and not his against me at position 30 not 31. Sick I know.
But honestly to me KQ woulda been stealing and gambling even then.
Knowing when to fold will make you $ and save you $.