Made it to the final table in the Premiership freeroll again last night and again I went out 6th. I don’t feel I played that well last night, needed more than a little help from the cards on occasions but milked it for a good period. During this rush one of the players I took out seemed to get all bent out of shape, whining like a stuck pig about me taking him out with a ‘rag ace’. I see a lot of chat about playing a ‘rag ace’ and some of it is thoughtful and some of it thoughtless rants about being busted by one, but fundamentally when I come to a table I don’t recall signing any binding commitment to play nothing worse than, say, AJ and make my game easier for my opponents to read. I generally play pretty tight and I do, very occasionally, play low suited cards, low connectors or a raggy ace, sometimes limping, sometimes raising. I picked up A3o on the button, no callers and bet 5 x BB for 10k, SB(whiner) calls, BB calls all in for 3k. Flop comes down 239 rainbow, SB shoves with his remaining 33k, I like the texture of the flop, I’ve made middle pair and have outs, 2 x 3, 3 x A and runners for the straight and I don’t think SB has hit the flop so I call. He turns over KQ, so he has 3 x K, 2 x Q(BB holds a Q) and runners for the straight, so exactly the same outs as me and I have a made hand and the overcard. My pair hold up and he goes home, squealing on the way. Now I’m not expecting him to be happy, I wouldn’t be, but was losing to A3 some sort of insult to his manhood, assuming he was male, had a male avatar, that’s all I know? Would he have felt better if I played A9 and paired the 9, would that have been less of a slight? I had been quite aggressive leading up to that point, stolen some blinds but also showed down some good hands, I had certainly not attempted to steal with air and usually just raising 2 or 3 x BB, this time I show strength raising 5 x BB, SB gets nothing on the flop but shoves anyway. He was far from pot committed at this point and a half pot bet would have left him a stack of 24k or thereabouts and my decision would have been more difficult but I thought the shove looked weak. If someone wants to tell me I’m wrong, with a detailed explanation, I’m ready to listen.
Went to the final table in decent shape and picked up nothing higher than a Q and nothing to go with it, after watching blinds eat me up for a while I ended up all in with Q10 and lost to A9, but A9 is OK to play, right?