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In Which The Author Learns the Error of His Ways
This first hand occurred during the early stages of the final table of a $100 online multi-table tournament. I had one of the shorter stacks of the eight remaining players, with around 15 BBӳ. With a stack like this, Iӭ just itching for the opportunity to re-raise all in. When the chipleader, an aggressive and very good tournament player, open raised on the button, I decided to move all in with anything if the SB folded.
Sure enough, the action folded to me, and I moved all in with Q7o. The button called me instantly, without the slightest hesitation, and turned over K5o. His hand held up, and I was eliminated in eighth place.
Let me emphasize again that this player was very good. He was already recognized as a top online tournament player at the time, and since this hand took place, he has had some success on the live circuit as well. His chat with a railbird after the hand illustrates his thought process:
Railbird: Snap-call with K5o? LOL.
Strong Player: I thought I had the best hand. Should I pretend I have to think about it just because itӳ King high?
I got owned, plain and simple. My opponent was one level ahead of me, recognized a spot where I was going to move all in on him with a very wide range, and adjusted his calling range accordingly. Just because he was opening a wide range from the button doesnӴ automatically make it a good re-steal spot for me. To re-steal profitably, I need a large gap between the range heӬl open and the range heӬl call, and in this spot that gap just wasnӴ there. It is very possible, in fact, that he knew how likely I was to attempt a re-steal and was only going to raise his button with hands that could call an all in, meaning that I had no fold equity at all.