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Pre-flop decisions deep in $11 MTT - Tue Jan 10, 2012, 07:34 PM
deadeyz's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 114
Hi! guys

The following 2 hands are from $11 100K guaranteed mtt

The opp had recently joined the table and had been playing pretty snug in fact I don't think he got involved in any hand up to this point. Was it the right play to call about 1/3 of our stack with A,K?

The following hand took place on the same table about 20 hands later.

The opp had been very active and playing very erratic. The opp came to the table with 15K stack and had been playing all parts of the deck from any position. The opp droped down to about 6K before catching few lucky cards to move up to about 25K stack. We have history with the opp, so far played 4 hands against the opp and winning all of them one being pre-flop allin double up with A,Jo vs opp's K,Qs from button.

We are in the money and now the objective is to accumulate chips and make a deeper run. I felt like the opp could be shoving with a big Aces or any two broadway cards. Even with that kind of read I felt it too bigger gamble to call 62bb alling with 9,9.

Was it the right fold or sometime its worth taking the risk to accumulate chips given the read we have on the opp?

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 01:19 AM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,841
Hi Deadeyz!

The first one is an interesting spot and thanks for the read, as that will play into my decision.
When folded around to me, I will definitely make an opening raise with AK from the button. When the small blind shoves with over 26BB, especially since they were playing extremely tight, I'm folding to their raise.
If the opp had less chips (10-15BB) or was actively playing hands frequently, then I'd call their shove, but with this many chips being risked with only AK (yes, it's a hand with much potential, it's still only ace high at this point), I'm going to muck to the shove and look for a better spot.

The second hand is a totally different situation. Already ITM, so the goal now is to accumulate chips for a deep run in the tourney. Also, the opp was playing much looser, another key.
I like the standard opening raise with 99. It's folded back to the BB, that shoves.
To call is another 23654 chips into a pot that will be 50358 (47%). From pokerstove, 99 vs any pair/broadway/suited ace has 56% equity.
If the read is correct and the opp would shove this range, I'm making the call here, as I'm willing to take the chance in a +EV situation to accumulate chips for a deep run in the tourney. Even if the opp was playing AQ+, pairs, suited broadway aces only, it is still a +EV call against one opponent in this situation.

If the opps were playing differently or it was at a different part of the tourney, then these hands could very easily be played another way, but that's what I'd do if I were in the exact same situations with the exact same reads.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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