Following situation: hero is the chipleader of the tournament with 11 players left. Standard SB preflop raise with AQs. BB shoves for a hole bunch more.
About the player in the BB. He was inconspicuous, didn't have any big bluffs, big calls or big pots. A reasonable player, I think.
I think, it was inbetween an ok-call and a good call. Hero thought, it was ok, too. Another friend said, it was an easy muck for him because risking half of your stack for a coinflip is absolutely unnecessary. But what are the alternatives. Raise and fold to a BB push? Limpcall? Raise and call a 3bet?
What would hero possibly have done, if BB 3bet? Hero said, he would have pushed. Pretty standard, I THINK.
But on the other hand, i think it's a really tough spot because of the stacksizes. If Hero calls a push and lose he will be one of the shortstacks with (more or less heatlhy) 25bb. If he wins, he would have 300k and a commanding chiplead with 10 players left.
Obviously its easier to win a tournament, when you have the chiplead at the final table. And with 25bb at a final table in an online tournament you have still the chances to win it. So because of that it's for me a call.
But is this a question of the different styles of tournament play?
I mean, the arguments of my friend saying it's an easy muck are reasonable, too, because you can have better spots with a big stack, when you have to call off half of your stack, right?
What would you have done?
Poker Stars $30+$3 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t1500/t3000 Blinds - 5 players
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter
Hero (SB): t182818
Pre Flop: Hero is SB with A Q
3 folds, Hero raises to t12000, BB raises to t99023 all in, Hero calls t87023
Flop: (t199546) 5 5 8 (2 players - 1 is all in)
Turn: (t199546) T (2 players - 1 is all in)
River: (t199546) K (2 players - 1 is all in)
Final Pot: t199546
Hero shows Ah Qh (a pair of Fives)
BB shows 6s 6d (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
BB wins t199546