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Old Aug 17, 2004, 4:40am   #1
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Default Brilliant or idiotic? Opinions, please.

Hi all.

I played in a 20 man, $100 buy-in tourney (500 in chips) last weekend. I eventually won, but I credit a move I made back in the first round with my evnetual win. Problem is, I don't know if it was 100% luck, or a genuinely good move that turned out luckier.

I was chip leading my table, and called a weaker players all-in. Bad read on my part, as he had the full house. I was on tilt and not getting cards. Instead of limping into the 2nd round shortstacked, I decided to do something drastic. Blinds were 10-20, I was SB, with no pre-flop raisers. I raise 70, (pre-flop) with an offsuit 9 2. I figure if the flop comes down with no face cards, another big bet will scare off any drawers, maybe they put me on a decent pair or at least nice overs. Flop comes down 9, 2, J. I go on to take a nice pot. Obviously no one put me on 9 2...the guy with Js and a nice kicker bet into me and called my raise.

Was I being a fool, or does anyone else regulary bet garbage hands hoping for a rag flop that will disguise their strenght, or (if a pretty flop comes down) just use the opportunity it to represent a good hand?

Thanks for the input.
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 2:40am   #2
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I wouldn't call it brilliant or idiotic. I will admit that I do on occasional raise bit with complete trash. I only do it in late position and only with no limpers. I also only do it if the blinds/antes are worth picking up. I do this in hopes that I get no callers, and that if I do, having position will secure me the pot at least 2 out of 3 times. Sometimes this works to perfection and you boost your stack, sometimes it doesn't. I never do this in a live game.
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Old Aug 20, 2004, 5:10pm   #3
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if brilliant or idiotic, like many things in life, it's better to be lucky than good.
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