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PSO League, AA, 3rd hand of tourney, 3 shoves - how to proceed? - Mon Feb 04, 2013, 05:42 PM
CanuckMonkey's Avatar
Since: Jan 2013
Posts: 185
This being the PSO League and really early, I'm 99% sure I know the answer to this one. (Heck, I just posted about this on my blog on Saturday.)

So, some questions:

1) This being PSO league, should this be an automatic fold so early in the tourney?

2) Does the fact that this is PSO league and the early stage mean that I should have done something other than make a standard raise when the action first reached me?

3) Do you think the introduction of the Big Bang should change the answer to question 1?

4) Am I right to think that in a normal cash tourney, this should be an automatic call even against three opponents?

I'll post the full hand over in my Time Vault thread in a bit, for those who are curious about what I did and how it played out.

-- CanuckMonkey

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Last edited by CanuckMonkey; Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 05:42 PM.. Reason: Correcting typo
Mon Feb 04, 2013, 07:06 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,817
Hi CanuckMonkey!

If this hand was early in the month (and not late last month), that's the time that I'm willing to gamble in this situation in a league game, as I'll lose much less points early in the month than late in the month.

With AA, or any other hand that I'm playing, I'm going to make a standard opening raise (3BB+1BB for each limper). With 3 limpers, I'll raise to 6BB or 240. I then get 3 shoves. Late in the month, where this can cause me to lose a large amount of real $$ from the monthly standings, I'll muck. However, with it being the beginning of the month, if I ever do go out early in one, it's going to be with AA or KK preflop. AA preflop will always be a +EV play, so early in the month, I'm calling and taking my chances.

In a cash tourney, I'm snap-calling with AA here every single time, regardless.

I would absolutely not be concerned about the Big Bang ticket. If I play my standard game, I've got a real shot at winning this ticket at sometime within the month, so the only time that this would even remotely enter my thought process is if I already have 2 top finishes and have enough chips to get the third one. Then I may consider mucking to get the ticket, but never due to this early in a game.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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Tue Feb 05, 2013, 02:26 PM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,353
Unless you're currently in the top 50 of the monthly league, so busting would undo much of your good work, I think this is a fist-pump call, especially if there's still 20+ days left in the month.
Kings would probably be a fold, however.
Wed Feb 06, 2013, 03:18 PM
CanuckMonkey's Avatar
Since: Jan 2013
Posts: 185
Thanks John and Arty, this has been really helpful and has already started to affect my play. Great stuff!

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