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Critical hand in most important moments!!! - Tue Feb 05, 2013, 02:27 PM
Denis Lovric's Avatar
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 76
EPTlive freeroll 4464/30000

Lost couple coin flip (5 I guess) ian row with premium cards...
Was kind a short and got big slick in early position!

full agro villian! Check my hand and brag about any tips?

Tue Feb 05, 2013, 02:34 PM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,324
You opened for 4bb, which pretty much commits you to calling a shove, as it's almost half your stack, but you're gonna hate it if you get flat called by a bigger stack and miss the flop, as you'll have to shove anyway.
Since you started the hand with under 9 big blinds, just open shove it, as a 9bb push is less likely to attract multiple callers.
Tue Feb 05, 2013, 03:19 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,800
Hi Denis Lovric!

With AK from UTG+1, I've really only got 1 play and that is to open-shove and here's why.
If my stack allowed for it, I would make a standard open-raise, which for this blind level is to 2.5BB+1BB for each limper. However, if I raise to 1500, this is almost 1/3 of my stack, which means that I'm pot committed.
Due to this, I cannot raise and even consider folding.
Since I'm never going to fold here, I want to maximize my fold equity and open-shove.
The last thing that I would want to have happen is to get multiple opps into the hand, as AK is not a made hand and plays much worse against multiple opps.

Making a non-standard raise that is larger than normal is normally a tell for a big hand (QQ+, AK). Even with this, not one, but two opps shove, which says that they should have a premium made hand (which I do not), as it takes a better hand to call with than to bet/shove with. Keeping the bets standard will help to avoid situations like this, where I would basically turn my cards face-up to the opponents.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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