Bluffing at the Inaugural Twitter Poker Tour Event

published on 10/31/08 at 9:33 pm

At The Honeydipper Invitational on Thursday evening, a hand was dealt that has now evolved into a perfect interactive article. With five players left in the event, Zonetrap was fifth in the standings, with around 2,000 chips. The blinds were 250/500, with a 25 ante. The big stack, MNFulltilt, was sitting to the immediate left and had around 7,500 chips. The other three players have around 4,000 in chips.

Zonetrap is dealt queen, two off suit in the small blind. Its folded all around. Zonetrap moves all in, for the remainder of 1,750 chips. MNFulltilt takes a few seconds and makes the call. He flips over queen, jack off suit and wins the hand. Thereby, knocking Zonetrap out of the tournament.

A few things to consider.

  1. MNFulltilt had been raising the pot frequently.
  2. Zonetrap thought he needed to take a chance and try to double up in order to make the top three (and the money).
  3. The blinds were very high compared to Zonetrap’s stack. He thought he needed to make a move or be blinded out.

Did Zonetrap make the right decision? Of course, the results do not identify that, but you get to decide. Vote in the poll below and if you like, comment as well.

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5 Responses to “Bluffing at the Inaugural Twitter Poker Tour Event”

  1. Josh Bauguss

    Nov 2nd, 2008

    I personally would have waited for a better hand than Q2. Of course I’m the one who told you that you should think about making a move.

    Now, if I was on the other end of this, I probably would have folded QJ. But only because I have lost a ton of chips with it many times.

    That said, I’m at a final table yesterday, 3 players left. I get AQ. I move all in, guy calls with Q7. 7 hits on river and I’m left fuming. If a 2 or q2 and come out on the board, you would have been golden. Its all gambling in the end and it all comes down to luck. I hate moving all in preflop but when you are short stacked, its the only way to make a strong raise sometimes. I’m beginning to think though that many times you will get called by a big stack just for the chance to knock another player out.

    In my case, I am wondering now if a simple call would have been better with my AQ, and move all in on flop. Perhaps it would have been a stronger move. Especially with the knowledge that I had gotten the same player to fold an earlier hand when I had pocket 8s, and bet him off his hand on the flop. I gambled that he didn’t hit it and he did indeed fold.

  2. admin

    Nov 2nd, 2008

    Actually, we both had queens, so a two was my only out. I was way behind in this particular hand.

    PS-I blame you for telling me I need to make a move. lol.

  3. Street 3

    Nov 2nd, 2008

    I would have folded with such a weak kicker. I don’t like playing a 2 unless it’s A2 suited, 22 or K2 suited. But, then again, i’m not the smartest player in the world…lol

  4. Josh Bauguss

    Nov 2nd, 2008

    i know i told you to make a move. I didn’t necessarily mean on the very next hand :)

  5. Olivia Newton

    Nov 12th, 2008


    The key here is that Zonetrap has a very bad seat as he seats to the right of the big stack who is aggressive, so he is guaranteed to be put to the test anytime he makes a move, EXCEPT when he has position which is ONLY once per orbit when he is the button.

    Waiting 3 more hands only costs 75 in ante and the next hand he is the button.

    I probably wait a bit, I find Q2o is not one of my friends. You can wait 10 more hands and will hopefully get a better spot.

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