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review of hand (opinions please)

By: knuckles1982 @ 21:31 (EDT) / 289 / Comment ( 3 )

I played a 45 seat non turbo game today, and aside from running so good you'll never believe, I had an interesting hand when down to the final 3 players.

To set the scene, i'm the big stack at around 50K.  Second in chips has about 23K and the remaining roughly 3k is in the short stack.  The blinds are 300, 600 and the seats are as follows.

Button - 2nd place (23K).  Fairly aggressive player, sometimes difficult to handle.

SB - 3rd place (3k, ish).  Tight, kept out the way for the best part of the game and has pretty much always been short stacked since hitting the final table.  Shoving with decent hands and folding the remainder of the time.

BB - ME 1st place (50K).  Been struggling dealing with the guy on the button since hitting top 4.


The hand in question, I was dealt K2 on the BB.  The button bets 2.5x bb to 1500 and the small blind raises all in for his remaining stack, leaving roughly a gap of 1500 between the button bet and what he has to call to see the SB to showdown, a definate call going by his style and his stack.  The button has been betting often, so at this point to isolate the SB I re-raise it to 12k and the aggressive button folds. It now goes to showdown and I have K2 and the SB has KQ suited.  I lose and the SB doubles and a bit more on top.  Bad result you would think, though i think this was a good result, and your thoughts on my thinking is what i'm after.

The button is aggressive and difficult to handle.  I dont want him knocking out the guy on the SB because that will take his stack of 23k and turn it into 26k going into heads up which is more than half of my stack.  Now, we've been jostling for some time 3 handed, and i've sent a few chips his way.  I feel if he knocks the SB out he's going to be even harder to handle.  So, in this situation, i would rather personally knock out or double up the short stack.  Knock him out, i get the extra 3k and the button doesnt, or... I double the short stack up and this keeps the aggressive button in check a bit more because he doesn't want to get confrontational with another player who now has the potential to damage him...


In short, by preventing the button from knocking out the short stack, i re-affirm my dominance on the table, double up the short stack, and create a second threat to the aggressive button which keeps him more in check. 

This is in fact what happened, the button slowed down a bit, and became more manageable.  In the long run what i would have preferred would be for the SB to be doubled up again by the button and then end up heads up against the guy on the SB as I had a better feel for his game.  More straight forward.


Sorry that this was long, but I had to be descriptive.  Any thoughts would be appreciated, even if you disagree with my play.


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