It's another tournament day at Party Poker and I have been in about 6 of them today. The entry fees range from $ 11 to $ 162. I had not placed in a whole week and felt with some solid play, I was due to make the money.
As with many other players on Party Poker, I do feel that a lot of foolish plays and draws payoff frequently to those care-free players who either just do not know any better, or are dead bent on losing money. Luck has a way of keeping these players around with just enough hope that they can run through a whole tournament and win a big prize without the application of common poker sense.
As an example, to end my day I was in a $ 162 MTT buy-in with around 400 entries, playing patently, I doubled up early and was waiting for the blinds to escalate before I became more aggressive when I was served up AJ suited in late position folded to me. I raised 3 tim times the blind and got called by both blinds !! The flop came J, 10,3 rainbow, which was great for me. I raised the pot by doubling it, trying to get out any possible straight draws. Both chumps called.
Now I am concerned that they are both drawing and this hand has become a game critical intersect for me. It's either get hyper-aggressive, or let the hand play out without ever of my chips in the pot. The turn brings me another Jack! This changes everything, because they have to put me on a strong Jack when I do go all in here, doubling the pot again. The small blind folds after extended deliberation, but the big blind quickly and foolishly calls his tournament and shows KQos, an open ended straight draw. With barely time to enjoy the ludicrous moment, Party Poker rewards this chump with an ace on the river.
You've read all the books about betting hard and getting the draws out of the hand, or at least making it too expensive for them. You make the right play, and an horrendous act follows and you are out of the tournament. Yes I am hurt. However, I never want to be that lucky in poker. Your goal as a player is to allow others to get lucky against you. You need to be ahead of your opponents in a hand as often as possible, because the culmination of these situations is going to leave you ahead, way ahead. That's what wins tournaments in the long run, not luck.