I’d like to get your thoughts on this hand I played over the weekend. It was in a tournament at a home game prior to the Super Bowl. We’re on the third blind level and I’m sitting about 90BB deep. Table average is at 35BB deep. I’ve been running hot on the cards and played well with them, but as a result I’ve also been the most active and aggressive player at the table. (I certainly didn’t go into an unfamiliar game with the idea of bluffing people in these kinds of games.) It’s a $40 buy-in.
The table as a whole has liked to see flops but has quit when they’ve missed. Two of the players I’m familiar with from a game I play in more often, and I respect their game.
Other than myself and the two players I’ve just mentioned, there’s a third player, the Big Blind, who is better than the rest of the table, and has shown some aggression at pots where he didn’t have it. My friend bluff-caught him on the river and when he didn’t turn over his cards once he was called, I asked to see them and he got angry about it, raising his voice, telling me I had no right to see it or any rightful interest in the hand because I had folded preflop. He appears to be decent at hand-reading and hand-selection preflop, but isn’t as aware of position as he should be and seems to be overestimating how much fold equity he has.
SB – A passive player I haven’t seen much from.
BB – The if-only-he-could-just-get-out-of-his-own-way player I’ve described above.
UTG – My buddy who bluff-caught BB earlier.
UTG+1 – Middle-aged man who likes to see a lot of flops, doesn’t show any pre-flop aggression. I haven’t seen him get involved on any flops. He’s basically just limped away a quarter of his stack.
UTG + 2 – Me; again, I’ve run hot but have only shown down best hands, but people seem to be skeptical of me playing so many pots.
MP1 – An old man who sees lots of flops and then gets out of the way.
MP2 – 40s Hispanic guy; he and the BUT player went out of their way to tell the table about a time they played in a WSOP event together. They haven’t shown me much in way of their abilities, though.
HJ – A mid-40s golfer guy who was watching TV more than the poker game.
CO – The other guy I’ve played with before; a very Harrington-on-Hold’em player, which is well-suited for these tournaments.
BUT – The other guy who was telling their WSOP story.
UTG limp, UTG1 limp, I look down at two tens. As I said, the table liked to see lots of flops; there wasn’t much preflop fold equity on single-raised pots. For example, when I’d raised from UTG on the second hand of the game with JJ, I got five callers. So I’ve decided with TT here I’m evaluating based on future action. I'm expecting five or so people to see the flop and for me to have position on half of them, so I feel like I can manage most flops effectively.
MP2 calls, HJ calls, BUT calls. SB folds, and BB shockingly raised. When he announced “raise”, I couldn’t imagine what kind of sizing he’d have to make here. He went with 8x BB total (so 6xBB more), which was very strange. He’d been open-raising for 6x or 7x from UTG earlier and this really confused me. With all the dead money in the pot, it seems like a weak-sized raise.
UTG folds, UTG + 1 calls! BB now looks either annoyed or frustrated. I’ve got everyone covered, but BB could knock me down to ten big blinds if we end up getting it all in at some point in this hand, and he’s not the kind of player I want to have a domineering chip stack at my table.
What’s my action here? Part of me just limping behind was in case a situation like this came up.... Calling seems weak and is likely to start the domino effect all over again. Raising is unusual because of my limp and the action behind me; sizing is weird, also. Can we limp-reraise-fold? Shoving seems just short of crazy.