My very first post on pokerguru! I'd like to share 2 hands I played 3 days ago at the IPS 10k Double Chance Event and ask if I could have played them any differently. For both these hands, it was the final table bubble.
Blinds 1200/600, ante 200 (i think). 5 players on the table. I'm Big Blind. I have about 10BB at this point. I have A 10 offsuite. UTG, CO and Button fold. Short stacked SB (he has about 5000 chips) shoves. I tank, put him on pockets, want to play safe for the bubble, and fold. Should I have called him in such a scenario or was fold a good decision? (He eventually showed the table pocket 5's)
The very next hand. This time I am small blind. And this is the hand I still can't get over even 3 days later! This time I get AJ suited. UTG, CO, and button fold. Only me and Big Blind left. Big blind has about 20BB and is a tight player. I'm thinking if I shove, I can get him to fold and hence steal the blinds and antes of this round, to keep me in a good position for the next 4-5 hands and reach the final table. I shove, and Big blind calls. He has A 10 offsuite. Flop is KQ8. Turn is 8. Since its the bubble, quite a few people were watching the action. People start saying "its going to be a chop-chop". River is a 10. Dealer pushes my stack to the big blind, since Big blind had hit his 10 pair. I walk away. Final table starts. Its only later that I (and others) realize that I had actually rivered a straight!! My fault for not spotting the straight in time Had I done so, I'd have doubled up to 20BB, and would most probably have reached the final table. Should I have shoved in this scenario?