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Establishing Your Image

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Oct 01, 2010


My Cards: J 4 Opponent: Tough high-stakes regular Situation: Three-handed in the $2,000 Full Tilt Online Poker Series no-limit hold’em event Stacks Mine: 3,701,285; His: 1,110,758 (after the blinds and antes) Most of what’s significant about this hand can be discussed before we even see the cards. In a vacuum, it looks like a bizarre, downright bad play, but there are important meta-game factors that led me to play it the way that I did. The hand occurred at the final table of a $2,000 no-limit hold’em Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) event. Only three players remained. At the start of the hand, I had roughly 3,700,000 in chips. On my left was a player named “Palmao,” with about 800,000 in chips, and on my right was “psychobenny,” with about 1,100,000 in chips. It’s significant that I have more than three times as much in chips as either of ...

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