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Calling the BTN from LP with A2o - $0.25 NL - Tue Oct 22, 2013, 09:49 PM
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Hi,

This is a hand from a $0.25 NL Hold'em [90 Players] - Level III (25/50) that I called the River and won.
I usually wouldn't play with an A2o but everyone was amazingly loose happily checking to the River so I thought I'd raise to see the flop being folded to me.
With just the BTN wanting to play, and having seen the absolute nonsense he had tried to bluff with, I put him at broadways, no A and did not think he'd made a pair and called his shove.

Should I have avoided getting into this mess in the first place by playing A2? Did I read this guy or get lucky? This was early tourney and he'd checked to the river with K3o and such.

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Wed Oct 23, 2013, 02:38 AM
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Hi IBNash!

Loose play early in these is standard.. expect it. Due to this, I want to play tighter early in them and to NOT bluff. I want to only be value betting early.

With A2o in the hijack, I can either make a standard raise to 3BB+1BB for each limper (150) or fold. With it being early, especially if any of the opps still in the hand are aggressive, I'm mucking.

I see a HU flop, OUT of position, and I'll take my one chance to win the pot here by making a 1/2 pot c-bet. My plan for the rest of the hand is this. If the opp raises, with nothing, I need to fold. If the opp calls, then I will not put another chip into the pot unless my hand improves.

I do not want to bluff in these tourneys early, as there are too many loose, stationy players that will call with anything. I want to save my chips until I get a made hand, and then value bet.

I also CANNOT check/call the river, as I have absolutely nothing! Bet or fold and the best decision is to have folded this hand much sooner.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

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Wed Oct 23, 2013, 03:48 AM
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Got it, fold the fricking A2!
 

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