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A pair and a straight draw - Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:26 PM
PMBG73PA's Avatar
Since: Jul 2011
Posts: 47
Hi coaches, I am not happy with the way I played this hand. Villain is a Platinum Star (yes, at $1.50), playing 6 tables. How can I improve my game?

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BB (t2615)
UTG (t2900)
Button (t1825)
Hero (SB) (t1660)

Hero's M: 22.13

Preflop: Hero is SB with ,
1 fold, Button calls t50, Hero bets t200, BB calls t150, 1 fold

Flop: (t450) , , (2 players)
Hero bets t300, BB raises to t2415 (All-In), Hero folds

Total pot: t1050

Results below:
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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 03:49 AM
adohole's Avatar
Since: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,083
if you call here is totaly depending on how he has been playing. btw he must have blown his bankroll because there is no way that you can get platinum star with 6 tabling 1.50 6max games. if he has shove allot post flop its an call if its somoene who has been playing really thight its a fold
gl at the tables

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:57 AM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,359
I'm not sure what kind of tourney this is (are there multiple tables?) but the pot odds calculation is fairly straightforward if you just want to know your chip EV.
After your flop bet of 300, you only have 1160 chips behind, so villain's shove is effectively 1160+300=1460.
The equity you need to make a breakeven call is therefore
cost of call/final pot size =
1160/(300+450+1460+1160) =
1160/3370 = 34%

If villain is only shoving with sets and overpairs, his range is 55+ 33-22. Against that range, you have 35.7% equity, so calling is profitable. Just.

If villain also gets it in with random draws (e.g. nut flush draw and two overs) and bluffs, then your equity increases a couple of percent.

Board: 2h5s3s
Equity Win Tie
Hero 36.89% 36.21% 0.69% { 4h4s }
Villain 63.11% 62.42% 0.69% { 55+, 33-22, AsKs, AsQs, AsJs, AsTs }

So it's really close. Whether you call or not depends on the structure of the tourney, whether you have a decent edge over the competition, and whether you like to take flips.
Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:01 PM
ahar010's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 614
Hi Olaf,

I think adohole and ArtySmokes have both done a good job here.

If the guy has been playing loose or aggressive then I like the raise preflop and I would call allin here. Expecting some random bluffs in there also when he thinks we are just cBetting.

ArtySmokes calculation means we are breakeven on a call if he has no bluffs. So then it comes down to your read. If he has a few bluffs in there I think it's a call.

In other aspects for the hand. If the opponent was playing fairly passive you could even limp behind the button and set mine for very cheap. Raising obviously also good cause we take the pot sometimes and keep initiative in the hand to cBet and take it on the flop alot of the time. As played I think you could cBet a little smaller like 250 or so to make folding cheaper if we plan on folding. If we don't plan on folding I think your bet size is good, you could even go a little bigger.


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