Trying to fix a possible leak in my game (mid pp utg)
Here is just one example:
I'm playing in the $180 $20k guarantee tournament at Foxwoods. Top 20 pay, and we are down to the Final 19. Unfortunately it's getting to the point where it's push/fold poker.
Blinds are 4000/8000
My stack ~ 170,000
Villain (BB) Stack ~ 70,000
I'm UTG and dealt 7-7. I always find it tough / weird spots to try and play middle pocket pairs from UTG in later stages of the tournament. Was this the correct line or is it better to fold preflop?
Most of everyone else at the table was ~ 100K average in chips and they were all playing extremely tight / nitty.
I raise UTG to 18,000. Folds to the BB who tanks and then calls.
Board 9-2-2 rainbow and the BB open shoves for his remaining 50K.
Here was my thinking. If he had any pocket pair let's say 10's and above he probably would have reshipped it over the top preflop. It's extremely unlikely he has 9-9 with open shoving this flop. If he has 2 over cards (no flush draws out there) then I'm in pretty good shape. If I'm up against any PP 7's - 3's then I'm in a commanding lead. The only thing I can think is that he either has 8's or I'm in the lead.
I end up calling and he shows 8-8. Anyhow my question is not a results oriented one. Playing a mid pocket pair from UTG is continuing to give me some trouble. Any advice on the line that I took or what could I have done differently?
Re: Trying to fix a possible leak in my game (mid pp utg)
I tend to play my middle pairs a little stronger at FW than I would in general because I find that people will fold surprisingly big hands to all-in bets. I have seen people dump 99, AJ, etc. in similar spots --- sometimes even after opening with them. The shove pre-flop advice here is what I would go with up against mostly <12 BB stacks. Especially given your sense of how tight everybody has been playing.