Bad beat? Don't dump your sit and go buy-in - you still have a chance.
Written by Marty Smith
Using logic, not emotion to get back into the tournament
I have often witnessed in sit and go action, where a player loses a big hand and a big chunk of his stack, and then is all-in the very next hand. This usually happens just after a bad beat, or a bad play, and the player has simply resigned himself to losing, and in fact has that next sit and go table in mind already. When a player is tilting, they may be even looking to move up a level – Big mistake!
I have played in many single table tournaments where my stack was depleted quite early. It could be through no fault of my own play, but almost as often, I suffer from brain gaps as well. On the tougher side though, my AA losing to KK is a common scenario for this. (By the way, why does my KK never beat an opponent’s AA?) Here are the goods with being a short stack early in the tournament. Let’s say my 1500 chips turns into 140 after my pocket aces go down to a chump’s J9os. Yes, this happens more than you may realize on the internet! I was in the big blind when it happened and the blinds were just raised to 20/40. The way I see it, I can look at another twenty hands before I am forced to do something. Twenty hands provides me with a fair shot of seeing a decent hand to run with, but I am looking for other opportunities as well.
With a stack so low, I don’t really have a position advantage anymore, but I do have special hand strength with hole cards like 97s, 68s, 56os, T9, 89, even 45 if I am that low on chips. The reason these hands have hidden strength is because they are rarely dominated by a pre-flop raiser. Compare hands like AJ, KQ, KT, QJ and Ax, where you are much more likely to be a 4 to 1 underdog to win. Then take a hand like 87s and you are just a slight underdog with a hand like AJos!
Now as I mentioned without positional and stack advantage, these odds busting hands are your best weapon. You should be waiting for someone ahead of you, preferably a big stack to raise and isolate you in a hand. Many players will be surprised when you turn over 97s and double up on the big stack’s AQos. Live cards are the key for this play, and knowing what your opponent is likely to raise with is also a good backdrop.
Put it this way, really short I would much rather go heads up holding 86s than A2os! Oh by the way, that time I had 140 chips noted above… I came back to win it, and I have video proof of it as well! Good luck at the tables, and I hope you make the right move.