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To slowplay or ship it! - Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:29 AM
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Any thoughts on how i played this hand?
 
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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Hi Adam!

With AA from UTG, I'm going to make a standard open-raise to 3BB or 90. This way, due to the standard raise, I can conceal the strength of my hand.

I then get a call and a raise to 390. With AA, I'd much rather be up against one opp than two, so when it folds back to me, I'm going to 4-bet shove here and hope to isolate the opp that raised to 390. I'm shoving, as my standard raise would be to 3X the previous bet, which absolutely would pot-commit me. I don't want to flat here, as that is going to give UTG+1 the right price to call and make it a 3-way pot and I don't want to let them or the other opp seeing cards on the flop that could possibly beat me before the rest of their chips go in.

The board here is a great reason why I don't want to flat. There is both a pair and a flush draw and if both opps want to stay, I cannot price them both out for the flush draw! The best I can do is to shove first here and hope that UTG+1 folds before the button gets to act.
I absolutely do NOT want to check, as the only way that I want to check is if there are no cards left in the deck that can beat me... here, there are a number of them that can cost me my stack.

It's nice to get lucky and to not have their flush or 2 outer hit, but by slowplaying it, the flush draw player had a +EV play on every street to call, which will cost me in the long run, as they expect to gain chips from each street's bet. I want to size my bets so that the opps will have a -EV play on each street, so they expect to lose chips each time they want to try to outdraw me.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Perfect spot to 4-bet jam pre-flop. Get your money in when you KNOW you have the best hand. Don't slowplay and then get your money in when you don't.
 

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