Recently, I played a $150 buy-in NLH tournament that paid out the top seven players. I can't remember but I think it was something like $450 for 7th and $2600 for 1st. As we sat for the final table (9 handed), I found myself among the short stacks. I had just under 24,000. To my delight, another short stacked player bargains for 8th and 9th place to get their money back. Everyone obliges. So now everyone at the table is guaranteed their money back. Play begins with blinds at 1500/3000 and 300 ante. A few hands in: UTG+1 makes it 7500. He has about 3.5 x more chips than me. UTG+2 and +3 fold. I'm UTG+4 (HiJack) and I look down at pocket 88. There are two really big stacks, one short stack, and one medium stack to act behind. I decide to shove. Coast is clear of any ace or jack until the river comes an ace.
A little more info:
My read on UTG+1 was that he was solid. In hindsight, he couldn't have had pocket 22, 33, or 44. Even pocket 55 and 66 are a stretch. Most likely I'm looking at 77+, A9s+, KTs+ QTs+, JTs+, ATo+, KJo+.
I realized at the time that he would probably be calling.
The big stacks haven't seemed too interested in being ultra aggressive that I've seen.
I was pretty sure that it was going to work out very close to the way it did. Me vs him in a coin flip situation. Even though, I realize if he has a pocket pair I'm most likely crushed.
My M was 3.33
Was it a mistake to shove?