I faced a situation the other day where in a 4-handed final table in a small stake Texas No limit holdem live tournament.
I honestly can't remember the action 100% but it was more or less in the following way:
I had roughly 25bb remaining in my stack, the average was around 30bb, it was only a 1 table home-tournament with a couple of re-buys but the stakes had gone up to this point.
UTG folds, I raise to 2.5bb with Q⋄ T♠, showing strength as I'd been carded for quite some time and I partly expect to pick the pot up right there. SB folds but BB re-raises to 5bb. I decide to call. Villain had roughly 30bb before the action.
Flop: 3♥ Q♣ 7♥, the pot is now 11bb
Villain checks, I check -- expecting a check-raise if I dare to raise my pair of queens as I'm putting my opponent on an over-pair in this case, having played against him before and knowing that he represented a very strong hand pre-flop, even though he could be bluffing but I was not putting my opponent on a bluff there. I wanted to draw to another Q or get Queens up and I'm not putting my opponent on the flush draw here, not even AK suited.
Turn: 3♥ Q♣ 7♥ Q♥, the pot is 11bb
Villain bets 7bb, the pot is now 18bb and I've got roughly 20bb remaining.
I know I've got the best hand, I'm putting my opponent on KK or AA but not suited AK.
If I had only made the call I'd have 13bb remaining on the river with a 25bb pot. I decide to push it all-in on the turn, happy to pick it up right there, but the villain calls.
Villain's cards: K♥ K♠
River: 3♥ Q♣ 7♥ Q♥ 6♥
I lost, obviously, which is not really the issue.
I'm just thinking if I should have just called on the turn or make the opponent pay for his draw like I did there? I understand that this is all depending on the situation but would you have somewhat played this differently, having made the assumptions I stated?
It should be noted that I was playing for everything or nothing, I didn't want the 3rd place, I was aiming for 1st and could settle for a bad-beat 2nd.