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The power of the QJ off

By: Ov3rsight @ 06:27 (EST) / 312 / Comment ( 0 )

So we're early in a $1.50 27 man SnG, and I get dealt QJ off. It's not the first time, and I tend to play the hand. Why? I'm not sure. It's a dangerous hand. So now I start thinking about whether or not to call the minraise. I'm in position, the blinds will probably let it go...
And then I really think. What happens on the flop? Flop comes Q high, I have top pair, but what if he has AQ or KQ. My kicker's no good, and it can cost me a bundle. Same story if the flop comes J high. After all, the guy did raise from UTG. So, reluctantly, I toss the hand in the muck.

QJ is dangerous, especially when it's not suited. It showed in several hands later that same tourney.
Firstly, one hand the board shows a Q high flop, rainbow, and the guy holding QJ shoves. He gets called, and the caller shows the KQ. And I'm thinking to myself "Wow, that just went through my mind....".
A few hands later the short stack (25 BB) pushes all in into an unopened pot and gets called. He shows QJ off, the caller shows the AJ.
Later still - we're 5 handed now so everyone cashes - UTG shoves 9 BB with the QJ off, and is called by AQ.

Add to that the big hand I lost while in another toruney where I was chipleader calling an allin with AQ off only to get pocket Queens jammed in my face....

So, the lesson I learned playing this tourney is to be very, very wary of the QJ off. I've seen how ugly the hand can be today, several times within a few dozen hands, and looking back through my hand histories, I see that I have lost way more money with the hand than I have won with it. Now that's not saying I'll never play it again, just that I have to pick my spots a lot better.

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