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AKs 2NL 6max too aggressive? - Thu Dec 08, 2011, 12:04 PM
idodgedeuces's Avatar
Since: Jul 2010
Posts: 25
This happened just a few hands into my session today so no reads on opponent. His initial raise is large but this turned out to be normal for him. Not sure if this is too aggressive but can't think of any other way of playing it especially as I'm oop.

Any thoughts?
Thu Dec 08, 2011, 12:31 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,817
3-bet pre with AKs... not a problem at all. Like the play. It gets you to isolate the initial raiser and AK plays better against only one opp.

On the flop, the hands to be worried about are 55, AQ and AA. AA could be possible, but I'd think they may 4-bet you pre with it. The opp checked, so I'd definitely make a value bet. They could be trapping, but many worse hands will call it.

The turn gives a blank, unless they have 33 (should have folded on the flop), or 24 (should have folded pre). That means we're in the same situation as on the flop. If the opp really had something, I'd have expected them to lead into us on one of the two streets. They checked again and due to that, I'd want to make another value bet... and with your stack left, that means shoving.

With the river 2, basically the only hand I'd be worried about is A4s and if they had that, I'm making a few notes about this opp and want them at my table again.

If this was a higher buy-in game, then I'd be more worried about the opp trapping us, but at 2NL, while you may find a very small number of players that would trap.. the majority of them won't.
Instead of trapping if they had 55 or AQ, they'd have donk bet us most likely both streets and AA would have 4-bet pre.
Thu Dec 08, 2011, 02:48 PM
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Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 751
Top pair top kicker in a 3-bet pot at 2NL. Bet bet bet. You're way ahead of his calling range. On the flop you made your decision to go all the way with it (as you should with top/top and SPR 3). The hand pretty much plays itself once you 3-bet preflop.
Thu Dec 08, 2011, 10:23 PM
pteridophyta's Avatar
Since: Aug 2011
Posts: 96
Great example of bet sizing and playing AKs OOP.

Well played
Fri Dec 09, 2011, 05:02 AM
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Since: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,119
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Your line is absolutely fine imo. For 100bbs I would be looking to isolate the raiser with AKs from OOP, regaining initiative and building a big pot.

However, I would scale down the betsizing on every street because I would like to leave him some room to call with worse pairs or maybe think about making a move with hands like gutters (JT/KT/KJ) or even airballs. Against any worse Ace you wont be costing yourself value anyway because people will generally not be willing to fold one once the pot gets that big.

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