OK, I said a hand per day. I am here and playing poker June 2-11so by my count, I should end up posting 10 hands. I am behind as this should be my fourth.
Disclaimer: The Colossus is I think the third tourney I've ever played in my life. I am pretty clueless, but that's OK given the level of play that I observed during my two attempts. All that aside, I am pretty sure I don't like the way I played this hand. Let me know what y'all think.
Colossus Level 1. Blinds 25-50, no Ante. 7 handed.
Hero has been mostly folding pre for the first 25 minutes of the tourney, but has been quite talkative at the table, joking around etc. Stack = 5500, slightly above the starting stack.
Villain showed up 10 or 15 minutes late. Claims to play a lot of 10/20 at Commerce, but based on his "strategy" talk, I don't buy that he is a 10/20 player. Has been raising his fair share pre and has played about half his hands since he sat down (obviously, small sample size here). Stack = 4000
On to the hand:
4 limpers, including the V on the button and the small blind. Hero is in the BB with Q♣ 7♦ and decides to make it 450 to go. A cascade of callers follows--3 of the 4, including V on the button.
Obviously I am just trying to pick up the dead money here. I also have this unhealthy desire to always punish the limpers. In hindsight, I think should either have sized this larger or just checked my option. I like checking, but let me know what you think.
Flop (1850): Q♥ 9♠ 8♠
SB checks. Hero bets 1100. Unsure what to do in this spot, but figure there are tons of draws I can get value from. Folds to V on button who shoves for 3550. Pot is 6500, 2450 for hero to call. Hero?
FWIW, I felt compelled to call. Since the V was fairly active preflop, I really thought he would be raising Q10+ and all PP pre. He could have Q8 or Q9 for sure, but there are a ton of draws in his range that might also do this.
Let me know what you think. I am curious about all of my actions--preflop, flop lead, and calling the raise. Thanks!