Daily Debacle – When Not to Semi-Bluff
Still back at the micro-stakes rebuilding my confidence and playing $0.05 / 0.10 NL online.
In this hand I have As 6s in the cutoff seat and the action is folded to me. I make my standard opening raise to $0.30, the button re-raises to $0.50, and the small blind calls. Big blind folds, and it is $0.20 more to me, with $1.40 now in the pot. Getting 7-to-1, I call.
Flop ($1.60): 7h Ts Js. Nut flush draw for me. The small blind, with only $1.18 remaining in his stack, quickly goes all-in. I have approx. $7.00 behind and call. Button also calls.
Turn ($5.14): Qc. Missed. The button now has $2.86 behind and I have him covered.
Since there is not side pot at this point and the SB is already all-in, a semi-bluff accomplishes nothing. I should assume SB has something with showdown value – perhaps a simple top pair / good kicker type of hand, or 2-pair, or a set. He may have a straight draw or weaker flush draw. But regardless, I cannot push him off the pot. Repeat: I cannot push a player who is already all-in off the pot. CANNOT!
If I check, the button may also check and I’ll get a free card.
I’m really not sure why I did this, other than a brain fart or mini-tilt of some sort, but I shove all-in on the turn. The button quickly calls.
SB: Ks Jc, for a pair of jacks with a king kicker, and a straight draw.
Button: Jh 9c for a pair of jacks with a nine kicker, and the idiot end of a straight draw.
Stupid play. I could have saved some money here. Won’t get out of these micro stakes if I keep playing like I belong here.
Year-to-date online results: (- $1882)
Month-to-date online results: + $23