Hand analysis – Spot the fish and eat him

The following hand happened to me also on a live event. We were in the early stage of the tourney, and it was a slow blind structured, deep stack tournament. At my table there was a player who was much weaker than the usual. These kind of players are really a true gift at the tables, all you have to worry about, that you can take his money, before the others does. So he was a real sucker, he saw the flop with almost every hand, and he got the river almost every time. In one case he was really lucky, he called down to the river with a single gutshot, and it has fallen to him, so he won a 3-way all-in, and had about a massive 100K stack, when the average was 35K. That’s what we want to see, a real fish sitting with huge chip towers.

I was in a good shape too; I had about 70K, when the following hand happened. It was a couple of hand later, that my opponent has won the 3-way all-in. So this fish as first speaker preflop (UTG) goes all-in with his 100K stack, and I was sitting in the button with AQ. It was folded to me, and I started to think.

On one side there was my 70K stack, which was more than enough, two times the average, so I was in good shape. On the other side was the fish, who was offering his entire stack to me. What could he have? – started to think. This man until this point wasn’t even raising, he was just calling, and always limping before the flop, and after the flop he was very passive. And now he goes all-in UTG. Generally the bad players don’t push their strongest cards so aggressively, they are just too afraid of not winning anything with their best hands.

I was just feeling that my opponent couldn’t be so strong, I was almost entirely sure that my cards are better, or in the worst case I’m still good for a coin flip. The only hand I was afraid of was the AK. But if he had AK then his play made some sense, yet the man was a fish from that type, who rarely makes a good decision. I thought if he would have AK, then he would like to play a little bit, and he wouldn’t risk, that his not winning anything with it.

So finally I called, and my opponent turned AT. On the board nothing came, my cards held up, so I took the massive 140K pot. My opponent still had 30K left, which I have taken from him with my pocket nines against his A7. So in a couple of hands, I have taken 100K from this fish, and I continued the tourney with a massive chip lead.

What we can learn from this analysis, that we should spot the fish very quickly, and try to take their chips as fast as possible. Some time you can take a little bit more risk against them, because if you hit your cards, you can expect huge payments. And if you have a good read on somebody, don’t be afraid to use it, even if it seems a little risky.

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