I had some tough tables in the USA COOP main event, full of aggressive tournament regulars. There was a ton of raising 3-betting, and when one player got disconnected and was not around to defend his blind, sparks really flew. I happened to have the button when the disconnected player was in the big blind, so it fell to me to defend it from everyone who was widening their ranges to attack it.
Here’s a cold 4-bet with air:
Hero (Button) (t66911)
Hero’s M: 44.61
Preflop: Hero is Button with Q, 7
3 folds, MP2 bets t2599, MP3 raises to t7000, 1 fold, Hero raises to t16666, 4 folds
Total pot: t18099
Hero didn’t show Q, 7.
Outcome: t18099 returned to Hero
And here’s a real rarity in tournament poker, a 5-bet bluff!
Hero (Button) (t84958)
Hero’s M: 47.20
Preflop: Hero is Button with A, 6
3 folds, MP2 bets t2875, 2 folds, Hero raises to t7777, SB raises to t18777, 2 folds, Hero raises to t84808 (All-In), 1 fold
Total pot: t41629
Hero didn’t show A, 6.
Outcome: t41629 returned to Hero
After I 3-bet, SB went into the tank. He was a good player, and I’m sure he was thinking about how wide my range was here. Given his stack, I expected him to shove, and I briefly considered calling with A6 before deciding that was just too ridiculous. Then he made this tiny 4-bet and left himself just enough room to fold, and that was all the opening I need.
I’m no Joseph Cheong, but I was pretty proud of myself for this one!