At The Oaks Today....
I was playing at the Oaks Sunday tournament, and I made another play which is out of the norm.
It was $75-$150. I was in the small blind.
The player under the gun called. Everyone folded to a late position player. This player is aggressive pre-flop. Frankly, he overplays his hands pre-flop, and is unpredictable post flop. He raised to $600.
In the small blind I had 8-8. I called. I had $1,700 left after the call. The limper called. There was $1,950 in the pot. Frankly, normally the right play is to move all-in since I only had 4 times his bet left. However, this was a one rebuy event, and I played the hand as if I had another $2,500 behind the line. (None of us had taken the rebuy yet.)
The flop came down 7-8-9 rainbow. I hit a set and wanted to optimize my winnings, but protect my hand.
The player I wanted to get all in was the aggressive player. He had $1,700 left as well.
I could check the hand, but I decided to make a play that looked like I was on a draw.
I bet $700.
The limper folded. The aggressive opponent thought for a while. I was sure he was going to move all-in. He just called.
The turn was a Q.
With over $3,000 in the pot. I bet $1,000. He insta-called with Q-J.
The river was a 2, and I took down a bet pot.
Would he have moved all-in, with his Q-J against two opponents. I think he may have taken a free card. If so, the turn may still have him moving all in.
What do you think?