Hey, everyone. It's my first post here. I play a lot of online games, but I'm finding myself play more live tournaments. I just feel more at home, I like it a lot more. I've got a question about a play I made.
I've been playing 'serious' hold 'em for about 3-4 months now. On my fourth damn book, cramming all I can. Being semi new, I'm not sure if this was a good move or not.
In a tourney at the local card room. Down to four players. I'm about tied, a little lower, than big stack. I'm at seat 7 and seat 1 is big stack. Seat 3 and 5 are shortstacks, about the same amount, probably a quarter of what I have. I'm big blind. Big stack folds, button goes all in (small stack) and sb calls (small stack). I find myself holding Jacks, a hand I really wanted to play. It took me all of 2 seconds to muck it though. I threw it in and one jack hit a chip and was exposed.
It's the showdown and each player has AQ. The board didn't help either one. I would have won. They asked me what the other card was. I saw it sitting just outside the muck and told the dealer if he can, he might as well flip it over. He flips over the other jack and everyone was amazed, not really calling my play good or shit. I pointed out if they were going to knock each other out, they can have at it. It's too close to the money for me to risk something someone else will do for me. The chips I have are worth more to me than the chips I can gain, I guess.
The big stack saw my jacks and said, "If you're willing to fold jacks, but take a huge pot with A5 that you played earlier (big blind, called a min raise with it) I don't know what the f**k to think." From then on, it was easy to control the table. Walked away in first.
Was it the right play? It feels like it, I would have played anything higher than jacks MAYBE. The short stacks are just too damn unpredictable and two overcards to my jacks are too damn dangerous to lose what I have.
Right play? Yeah? No?