Learning to apply concepts
So I have gotten thru the first 5 lessons of Core level one (about a week of semi-studying), and wanted to try to apply some of the concepts I have been learning to a real time situation.
So, on the WSOP site they do have a beginners cash game at 1 cent/ 2 cent, but I opted for one of the MTT freerolls (15 dollar prize pool) as a means to practice concepts at a bargain price.
I wanted to show the hand I got knocked out of the tournament with and my thought process behind it as means to get feedback. I am aware of how unsophisticated my thought process is so please bear with me.
Early tournament. Blinds 100/200
I wake up with UTG+1
UTG decides to limp.
My thought: Ok I know UTG's range should usually be the tightest. If villain is limping, then there is a good probability (esp given that its a 15 dollar prize pool) villain is looking to see a flop with something marginal.
Facing the limp, I can't find a reason to call with the JJ, so the plan that comes to my head is to raise (maybe repping QQ+) to 350 and hope that no one woke up with anything and that I would pick up the dead money.
It does fold around to UTG, but UTG finds a call.
pot size is now 850, Villains stack is 13800, my stack (effective stack 2800)
UTG leads out for 425.
I tank and reason (yes, I realize it looks as if I have not absorbed any of what Core has taught) that UTGs range is wide enough that Villain did not hit anything subtantial on the flop and is probably trying to push me off AJ+ hands.
So, I raise to 975. UTG calls.
UTG checks; I tank and reason that given how wide V's range is, it is likely the Q missed.
So i push my remaining 1600 into the pot.
I lose, Villain had
Not necessarily looking for MTT advice, looking for advise on how to focus my thinking and what to think about. Cause its really hard (fdr me) to apply what I 've been trying to learn on Core while your actually in a hand. So how should I approach a hand/situation like this?
Thanks in advance for any constructive criticism.