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Passive play kicked my ass

Earlier in a post I talked about how passive play isn’t always bad … well sometimes it is. Case in point, last night I played in my weekly $10+rebuy tournament here at Ohio State and I was in for $20, up to $12,000 from $3,000 during the first hour, then hovered at $14,000-$18,000 for the next two hours, that was frustrating.

We were down to 11 people, top 5 being paid, top 9 getting ‘points’ in our own version of the tournament leader board. I’ve struggled a lot this quarter getting to the final table in this tournament and this was closest I had been in the last two months (40ish people start the tournament).

I was seated to the left of a notoriously tight player and got myself in trouble early trying to make a move with Q[clubs]10[clubs] out of position. I was reraised by KK and wisely laid it down preflop, but I was getting frustrated and impatient, not good for tournament poker. Anyway, the player to my right (the tight player) had been folding the button, even the small blind to me all night and I only saw him raise with premium hands.

He raised the button on my small blind and mentioned something on how he never ‘steals’ pots but he has the cards to back it up, and I knew he wasn’t lying. I looked down at 77 and decided to simply call, see the texture of the flop and then decide how to act. The flop came down A 6 3 and I check-folded. He rabbit hunted the rest of the hand and I would have hit a 7 on the turn. Usually I don’t rabbit-hunt precisely for this reason, as the hand somewhat put me on tilt for my remaining 15 minutes.

I began second guessing myself and realized that I should have just pushed with my pocket 7s from the small blind instead of opting to make the weak, passive play of calling and checking, damnit Steve! Needless to say I went out in 11th after reraising the same player in the same situation (oh irony) with A10 offsuit. He called istantly with his pocket 8s and won that coinflip and I was out. Next time I’m on the bubble, I’m not going to screw around and check-call with hands, I needed the chips for the final table anyway and I should’ve pushed it. Ah well, better luck next week!

Good luck!

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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