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FT 50c45- open UTG – then what? - Fri Oct 04, 2013, 11:46 PM
Swaxwell's Avatar
Since: Sep 2010
Posts: 315

Ok so as the big stack at this short handed final table I open UTG for a min-raise with 10-9s. Then I get flatted by the shorty in the SB and the BB comes along too.

The flop gives me 2nd pair but 3 diamonds too, shorty shoves and the BB folds. I have no idea if I should be calling here, what do you think?

Pot odds are sick but I still thought this was a fold, but in truth I was just guessing. I thought it was better to preserve my big stack, but I wasn't sure if I was missing out in terms of EV here.
Sat Oct 05, 2013, 01:04 AM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,809
Hi Swaxwell!

It's always good to have a plan (and backup plan for the hand).

with T9s from UTG, with 5 left at the table, honestly, I'm going to open-fold here as I can be in big trouble and be out of position. I also need to preserve a top 3 spot, as this is where the real $$ is in these tourneys. I'd wait until I'm IN position, so that I have more plays available to me to put pressure on the smaller stacks.

If I did open the hand (which I would not), I would make a standard open to 2.2BB+1BB for each limper. I don't want to give anyone an easy play to try to outdraw me. Min-raising encourages action and I know that I'll most likely get at least 1, if not 2 opps in the hand.... because they WILL get the right odds to see the flop. Also, by making my standard raise, the opps won't know whether I've got a marginal hand like this, AK, 77 or even AA. By making the same bet over and over, the opps won't get a read nor tell on my hand from my bets.

In raising the hand, I need to be ready to get it in with every stack except the BB, as I don't want to leak off 2k chips to any of the smaller stacks, without their tourney life being on the line. If I double one of them, I still have my chip position.

I get a 3-way flop where I hit second pair on a VERY wet board. The short-stack shoves (should have shoved preflop anyway as the preflop bet pot-commits them) and then the bigstack folds. To call here, I need to put 4400 into a pot that will be 15193 (29%). The ? now is.. is my hand worth 29%?

We go to pokerstove and put in the board and my hand. This opp should be open shoving just about 50% of hands. Let's say they play 50%, but only stay if they have at least 1 diamond, J, 6 on the flop. If this is the case, then my T9h has 37.9% equity... which is an easy call, as 37.9% is much higher than 29%.

The bottom line here is that I want to play against any of the small stacks, but not the larger one that can damage my top 3 chip position and put it in jeopardy.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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