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AA played early in 2NL cash session - Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:20 PM
SnapperJohn1's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 40
I selected the table which had 8 seated on basis of +70% VPIP in the PS client lobby. This was 4th hand dealt to me on coming to the table, so no reads on anyone.

Following an early limp and min-raise, my pre-flop re-raise was for value. I think the bet sizing might have been bigger (20c), although at the time I was aware of being in position and not wanting to chase weaker hands out. Interested in others thoughts. The big blind calling meant 4 of us went to the flop.

The 2c and 12c bets (from EP limper and min-raiser) into 58c pot got me thinking. I have seen a number of very small bets, similar to the 2c bet put out, enticing subsequent players into raising only for the original bettor to jam over the top - so I was thinking maybe AQ, or less likely QQ as I would have expected this to be open raised rather than limped pre-flop. The 12c raise was still less than quarter pot and pointed towards AQ or Qx, a pair, or a draw - so pretty wide range still.

My 40c re-raise bet was 2/3rd of original 58c pot. The original limper called and the small stack jammed. Should I have sized the raise to put the small stack all in?? I pushed over the top to ensure that the original limper had to put their chips in and he called. I then watched the card play out.

Interested in how others would have played this and the bet sizing associated.

Thanks in advance,


P.S. Full text of hand added, as am having issues with link building.

PokerStars Hand #79639221631: Hold'em No Limit ($0.01/$0.02 USD) - 2012/04/29 19:08:00 WET [2012/04/29 14:08:00 ET]
Table 'Memoria II' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: palach343 ($1.16 in chips)
Seat 2: E.L.A.S.1976 ($0.82 in chips)
Seat 3: andi1472610 ($1.97 in chips)
Seat 5: SnapperJohn1 ($2.20 in chips)
Seat 6: DmitryFrost ($2.19 in chips)
Seat 7: LadyMaCe86 ($2.03 in chips)
Seat 8: 14051986 ($1.66 in chips)
LadyMaCe86: posts small blind $0.01
14051986: posts big blind $0.02
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to SnapperJohn1 [Ah Ad]
palach343: calls $0.02
E.L.A.S.1976: raises $0.02 to $0.04
andi1472610: folds
SnapperJohn1: raises $0.10 to $0.14
DmitryFrost: folds
LadyMaCe86: folds
14051986: calls $0.12
palach343: calls $0.12
E.L.A.S.1976: calls $0.10
*** FLOP *** [7h Qh 5c]
14051986: checks
palach343: bets $0.02
E.L.A.S.1976: raises $0.10 to $0.12
SnapperJohn1: raises $0.28 to $0.40
14051986: folds
palach343: calls $0.38
E.L.A.S.1976: raises $0.28 to $0.68 and is all-in
SnapperJohn1: raises $1.38 to $2.06 and is all-in
palach343: calls $0.62 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($1.04) returned to SnapperJohn1
*** TURN *** [7h Qh 5c] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [7h Qh 5c 8d] [4h]
Mon Apr 30, 2012, 02:02 AM
sverigelottn's Avatar
Since: Jan 2012
Posts: 26
personally i would have made it bigger pre becouse you dont want to many in the pot and its so mutch calling in nl 2 everything else was played good out of my oppinion
Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:25 AM
JDean's Avatar
Since: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,145
Hi SnapperJohn1.

I think your pre flop raise sizing was fine.

The 3bet in and of itself should be good enough to force out very weak callers behind you, and if only the initial raiser calls you have a beneficial SPR for your AA going to the flop. If the limper AND the raiser both call, you will have a good SPR vs either of them as well. This means the only reason I'd really want to raise much more than the 15c 3bet is if I believe they are both weak enough to call more, and having just sat you really do not have that info.

You could have made it 16c or 18c perhaps, but much more than this probably just dries up action you might get for a lesser amount.

On the flop, I think I would have preferred to just put the short stack all in.

The BB called 40c you bet to stick himself hard to this flop anyway, so I really doubt he would NOT call an additional 28c hand you raised that amount. the short stack stuck himself hard by his raise, so he could not fold with any value in his hand either. The fact is, you are either way ahead or way behind here, and as the SPR favored you getting in ASAP, I think that is what I would have preferred to do. I really want to do that before a bad turn card comes and dries up my action.

Hope it helps.


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Tue May 01, 2012, 02:21 PM
SnapperJohn1's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 40
Thanks guys.

I think that shoving the flop makes more sense than the way I played it, so will make a note of this.

On this occasion the cards didnt go my way, but on the basis of getting my money in good then I am happy with the decision making in the hand if not the outcome.


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