How to play an STT - by Anthony Fish
"I'm still chip leader, and I have AJs in the big blind. The blinds are 25/50 and a guy with 250 chips shoves from the button. I don't really fancy doubling him up here - so it's an insta fold. Well played me!!"
One piece of advice I was given quite early on in my poker career was to try and get into the mind of my opponents. Here I try to get into the mind of a very weak STT player.
I had $94 in my account, so I thought I'd have a game - a $50 STT looked good, and if I could win that I thought I might play a bigger one.
So I registered, grabbed myself a beer and made a quick phone call. Wow, the game must have filled up quickly, because by the time I got back we were six minutes in, and I was already down 60 chips - oh well, I had 1500, it makes no difference really.
Thought I'd share with you some of the key hands - because this game was fun - but soooo unlucky!!!
Hand 1 - A4off in the small blind. Some guy raised it to 90 from a medium position. This guy hadn't played a hand since I sat down, so he must have been desperate to play one - so I had him on any two cards here really. I re-raised him, and then he shoved. This was a toughie - I still thought he was bluffing, so I called and he had KK. Luckily I hit my Ace on the turn, and doubled up. The guy abused me in the chatbox (shouldn't have made it look like a bluff should he??? - lol)
Hand 2 - I'm still chip leader, and I have AJs in the big blind. The blinds are 25/50 and a guy with 250 chips shoves from the button. I don't really fancy doubling him up here - so it's an insta fold. Well played me!!
Hand 3 - There's just six left - three to go until the cash. The blinds are now 50/100 and I have 2700 chips. I get dealt JJ and shove - no messing with me. And can you believe it?? The button woke up with AA and took most of my chips. How unlucky can a player be??
Hand 4 - Five left now. I'm in fifth with 1000 chips. The blinds are 75/150 and I get dealt JQoff. I'm not willing to shove here, but I don't want to fold JQ, so I flat called. Unfortunately the big blind shoved, so it was another fold. Sensible I think.
Hand 5 - On the bubble now. I have 600 chips and I am big blind next hand, which is 200 chips. I have a pair of twos - thought it best to fold them - I'm flipping at best. I don't want to go out here.
Hand 6 - Still on the bubble. I have 300 chips and the blinds are 100/200 and I get dealt AK. I gleefully push, and for some unknown reason the big blind calls for an extra 100 chips with 96off. I mean WTF!!!! How can he call with that? And yep, he hits, I don't and I go out. Unbelievable.
Oh well, that was good...not. I only went and spunked the rest at a cash table five minutes later as well. Time to reload I think!!
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