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fifty50-tricky spot - Thu Feb 27, 2014, 02:14 PM
Espada_Nu.4's Avatar
Since: May 2012
Posts: 148
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Blinds 40/80/5

UTG 1550
MP 1400
MP2 1900
MP3 1100
CO 1350 (HERO)
BUT 2600
SB 2500
BB 3600

Pot 160

MP3 open limps for 80.(Vpip 48/Pfr 5/Fcb 40)
I am in the CO with KJs and ~17BB. I know I am ahead of limper's range, but how do I play this? I think I am too short to raise/fold and too deep to shove(if the players left to act had -12BB, that would be an easy shove)
Sat Mar 01, 2014, 10:01 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,819
Hi Espada_Nu.4!

This is an awkward stack size. A standard raise here would be to 320, which is about a quarter of my stack. With the opp limping a ton of hands, I should be ahead of their range (56% equity). I now go to an ICM calculator to see if shoving is an option. When I enter the situation in, I get a shove range of JJ+, so it's not going to be a shove. Since shoving is a -EV play (-2.45%) and I don't want to raise and have to fold later in the hand as I'd leak off a quarter of my stack... my best option is... to fold.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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