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Top pair shove post-flop. - Tue Feb 25, 2014, 10:13 AM
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Was i right to shove this post flop?

The guy behind me was playing a fairly aggressive style. Should i have re-raised pre flop? was i right to shove when i flopped the K?

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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 11:07 AM
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Hi Parkyboy94!

What type of tourney was this from? Please always provide this, as different tourney types have different strategies and we want to be able to provide the best possible answer. What may be correct for one tourney, can be totally wrong in another.

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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 11:54 AM
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Oh ok John sorry about this. It was from the 90 man $0.25 SNG. It was down to 50 people at this point.
 
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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 01:27 PM
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Hi Parkyboy94!

With AK and a min-raise in front of me (standard for them is to 3BB+1BB for each limper), I'm going to 3-bet preflop to try and isolate the weak raise. My standard 3-bet sizing is to between 3X the previous bet and a pot-size raise (if it's larger). Due to this, I will re-raise to 300.

I see a 3-way flop that is VERY wet. There are multiple straight draws, flush draw and even a possible combination draw.

The preflop min-raiser now bets 200. To price the opp's draws out, a standard bet for me here would be 2/3 pot if it was not this wet of a board and due to the board texture, I really need to bet 3/4 pot, as postflop bets need to be sized based on the size of the pot, number of opps and board texture.

With only top pair/top kicker, which their bet doesn't totally price them out, I'm just going to call here and try to conceal the strength of my hand. There are a bunch of cards that, if they show on the turn/river, I'm easily drawing dead, so I want to use pot control. If someone raises this bet, then I need to fold.

Over-valuing TPTK is a common mistake that many players have (been there, done that and it's one I've found that the only way to not do it is to learn it the hard way). Yes, it's a made hand, but one pair can easily be beat.

When the chips went in, AK is only going to win less than 2% of the time here against the opp's exact cards. Against their entire ranges, it's not as bad.. but is still an overwhelming favorite to lose the hand.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

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