Don't know if this belongs here, but I guess the powers-that-be can move it to somewhere more appropriate.....
I only ask this because last night I made a cock-up of a hand in an MTT so I was just wondering what people thought about how important a part instinct plays?
Last night I am UTG (or maybe UTG+1) and got dealt KJo. I decided to call (100). About 4 more people limped in when the BB raises to 500. I then decide that perhaps he is making a move because everyone has limped in before him, so I call. The flop comes J hi, BB bets, I raise, everyone folds. cut a long story short, I am all-in, he flips QQ.
Now, my very first gut instinct, given my position, was to fold, but I talked myself into calling and got into deep trouble.
There was also an earlier situation when I was in the blinds and had utter rubbish, but the action was such that it was screaming at me to make a steal on the pot because no-one was taking the lead. Anyway, whilst my instinct told me to steal, I somehow convinced myself that someone was slow playing and didn't. It was only a very small pot, but one that I could/should have won.
I did really well in an MTT on sunday and, in that, it was almost as if I never had these decisions to make, I was so relaxed and calm that these decisions just seemed to make themselves. Do people think that maybe sometimes u should just go with your gut feeling and that maybe, sometimes, u can just second guess yourself at times?
Apologies for the vagueness of the hand details (and if I am rambing), I didn't note them at the time but it is something I have been thinking about since.
Any comments? I can answer more questions and try and be more precise about what I am getting at if needs be....