I Would Have Called
First, let me give DodgyFish72 all the props in the world for an amazing comeback against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom yesterday. He was down over $10,000 at the halfway point of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown and battled back to pull even with one hand left.
He then folded his big blind when Isildur1 moved all-in from the small blind.
I would have called.
Isildur1 moved all-in for $3,745 from the small blind. That is $3,735 more that DodgyFish72 would have had to call to take a shot at beating Blom. Some of you are saying that he made the right fold, and in normal circumstances I would agree with you. However, these were not normal circumstances.
How often do we as poker players get put into a situation where we are taking on one of poker's elite with the world watching? While it is debatable whether Isildur1 qualifies as poker elite, he has an elite following.
DodgyFish72 not only was facing Isildur1 but had a chance to win. Had he called and won the hand, he would have had made one of the greatest comebacks in the game and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent years.
Unfortunately, DodgyFish72 made the smart play and folded. He got to keep $14,990 of the $15,000 he was given to play with against Isildur1. Maybe he really needed the money. We may never know.
$3,745 was the difference between the smart play, and a legendary upset. I would have called.