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Tricky Hands For a Beginner - Thu Apr 18, 2013, 04:15 AM
Swami Andy's Avatar
Since: Apr 2013
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I've just started learning Poker a week ago and am still unsure how to bet in the early stages of a tournament if I hold say K10 or QJ especially if suited. If it is the early rounds of a tournament and I'm in the dealer seat with 2 guys having already bet 3x the big blind, what is the best strategy for me...fold, call or re-raise? Thx.
Thu Apr 18, 2013, 05:24 AM
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Since: Jun 2012
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Early stages I am probably folding both the hands you mentioned.

They are speculative hands where unless you hammer the flop you are never sure where you are in the hand. And in early stages, unless someone spazzes out, then you likely won't get paid off anyway. The blinds are not worth stealing at this stage.

The fact that there has already been a 3x and a call makes this a definite muck for me. Especially if the first raise is UTG/UTG+1 as they are representing a strong hand.
Thu Apr 18, 2013, 07:21 AM
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Since: Oct 2011
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The best play is to fold. In the early stages of a tourney, you should be playing very tight and conserving your stack. Hands like KT and QJ could get you into big trouble when you're out-kicked.

QJ and KT play reasonably well in position, but work best when you use them for an open raise, hoping to steal the blinds. They don't play well when calling a raise, because they are dominated by hands like AK, AQ and KQ, along with the big pairs.
Indeed, I'd often fold hands as strong as AQ and AJ if there was a raise in early position, or the raiser was tight. I'd rather call with a hand like 44 (and go set-mining) or 87s, to see if I can hit a big draw.

You can call with suited Broadways, but I'd only do so if you know the villain is weak and will give you a good price to chase a strong draw. Don't go crazy if all you hit is one pair.

Hope this helps.

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Appreciate the tips - Thu Apr 18, 2013, 06:53 PM
Swami Andy's Avatar
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Thx guys for the advice. makes sense to me.

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