I play a lot of the lower buy in bounty tournaments on UltimateBet.com (UB). Last night's tourney was the first in awhile where I was able to play well and have a chance to get deep in the tourney.
I was the early benificary of a great hand which tripled me up when my KK ended up all in pre-flop vs JJ, AQ and AT. When that held, I won a bounty and went from approximately 1400 chips to 4900 chips. A short time later I believe my failure to act aggressively, combined with some bad luck, combined to prevent me from having a monster stack.
In the first of these two hands, I was dealt 99 in middle position and the action was folded around to me. Blinds were 50/100 so I raised to 300. Given that my table image is usually tight, I was surprised when I got 3 callers.
The flop came 2c 5c Kh. I checked. This was a mistake in hindsight. The pot had 1850. The player to my left went all in for 905. It was folded around to me and I called. I thought it was a move by the short stack in response to my check. He turned over 66 and I was happy until a 6 came on the turn.
Had I bet the flop I believe the player would have likely folded as he couldn't have got me to lay down my hand and I would have avoided the bad beat.
The problem rolled over into the next hand as I was dealt TT. Believing that the table would feel that I was on tilt, I decided to limp. I felt that I wouldn't get anyone to fold overcards and might set myself up for a quick exit from a tourney I had been playing well in. Two players called my limp and the button, who had me covered, went all-in. The blinds folded and I was faced with a decision made more difficult because of my failure to raise initially, there were two players to still act behind me. I felt that I couldn't be any better than a coin flip with the one all in and if another called I would likely be dominated. I folded. The next player folded but the last called. The caller had QcJs. The all in had 88. I had folded the best hand. By trying to keep from making a mistake, I had made two. A J came on the flop but so did a T so I missed a chance to triple up.
I did end up finishing 17 0f 337. I always shoot for the final tables at UB because there is decent money in a run that deep, but I was disappointed that I didn't final table during this tourney.
I continue to try to play more aggressively when I don't have a great hand but am hamstrung by my fear of making a stupid play. I will continue to improve my game by plugging this leak. Thanks for reading and good luck at the tables.