In the early stages (Level 3, 25/50/A6) of a turbo full-ring tournament, I have 1,082 in my stack and get dealt J♥T♥ in the CO. Action is folded to me and I raise to 2.5x (125), villain (who has me covered with over 1,600 in his stack) calls from the SB and we go heads up to the flop.
The flop comes K⋄J♣J♠, so I'm pretty happy and after villain checks, I c-bet half pot (177 into 354) and get called. At this point I think he's either slow-playing something like
AK, or any
J, or he's trying to catch me with a weak pair / draw like
TT. I rule out bluffs because he called pre-flop out of position.
The turn card is 6♣ and he check-minraises my 35% (250 into 708) bet. I don't think he has any draws at this point, so i'm pretty scared of a
J with better kicker and
KK. I even think maaybe he got there with
To be honest though, I don't think he gives me credit for a
J, so I think it's plausible he's got
KQ, and even some weaker hands like
J9s. I can't really calculate what percentage of hands I beat, but the price is about 35%, so I'm thinking I have to call, so I do.
The river is the 4⋄ - he shoves (he has me covered and I have 274 behind) and I can't really fold holding 14% of the pot.
He turns A⋄J⋄ and takes the pot, kicking me out of the tournament.
H: J♥T♥ V: A⋄J⋄
Is this just a bad beat or did I make any mistakes here? Should I have checked the turn keeping the pot small? Could I really fold after the check-raise on the turn? Was my read poor, i.e. could I have narrowed his range to only hands that beat me? Was there a way to scare him into thinking I was holding KK? Is there any lesson to take from this?