Rarely post on here (mainly use blonde to rail friends in DTD events) and even rarer to post in this area but I'm really interested in people's views on this hand.
Tournament - APAT English Championship 2 day event. 15k starting. 45 min levels. Good Slow Structure. £75 buy-in. c£3k up top with an added value seat.
We are approaching the end of level 13 which is also the final level of day 1. Around 45 remain from 170 ish runners. NB Making Day 2 is not relevant in my thinking although the blind increase is.
I have been moved to this table c. 45 minutes ago. I know about half the table and would generalise that they are solid / tight. I have been the most active player although not maniacal.
The villain has not been at the table long. His only action has been to 3-bet my open to 15k from a 45k stack repping super-strength. I folded (I didn't have much).
I have opened & folded to shoves twice in addition to the example above so the table knows they can do it to me. In fact on the very previous hand it had folded round to my button at 1/2 and I opened with J3 as the SB is super-tight and the BB has just joined the table and hasn't put a chip in yet. BB shoves so I snap fold.
So the very next hand blinds are 1k/2k 300a
I have 83k & villain has 64k
Blinds will go to 1500 / 3k in 5 minutes
I open from the C/O to 5.5k with
, Button & SB Fold. After quite a while the BB shoves his 64k. I generally make quick decisions but on this occassion I tanked. Obviously there are hands which crush me & hands I am racing. But I am also putting A8 & below firmly in his range along with KJ etc.
It's effectively for my tournament life (I had him covered by 8BBs). My rationale is that I genuinely believe I am ahead and I want to win this tournament. If I fold I will have 25BBs in 5 minutes. If I call & I'm right, I have 130k which will put me in the Top 5.
I eventually make the call and the villain sheepishly shows
Obviously he gets there otherwise I probably don't post this but I spoke to a few people as the night went on and would like to pose a few questions. Instantly at the table some of the players said 'great call'. Most I spoke to afterwards said they would fold and I get this, I totally get it, I nearly folded myself.
It's a 'correct' call as I'm ahead but I guess another question is 'Do you want to play for 12 hours then get it in when you are likely to be 60/40 or do you wait for a better spot'? I even asked a few players after whether they call if his cards a face up and most say no, not all but most, but don't you have to get it in 60/40 win a race etc at some stage?
So my questions are:
Would you call or Fold?
Where do you place the Call on a Scale of Hero to Donkey?
Would you call if you could see his cards?
Does the call make sense statistically?
Is the call good or bad tournament strategy?
Hopefully no tl:dr but I did read Tighty's template asking for as much info as possible