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should i just have checked the flop? - Mon Mar 17, 2014, 08:54 AM
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what type of tourney is this from and what reads did you have on the opps? Please always include this (especially the tourney type), as it's critical information that we need, in order to get you the best possible answer. Different tourneys have different strategies and need to be played differently.

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Hi westlyking!

I'll assume that this is from a cash tourney, as it would be a snap-fold in a league game as ATs is nowhere near strong enough to play from this position.

With ATs from middle position, here is where a read on the opps left to act is important.
If the opps are passive (won't raise), then I can either make a standard raise to 300 (3BB+1BB for each limper) or I can also fold, as ATs is basically the worst hand that I'm going to consider playable from this spot at the table.
If any of the opps are aggressive behind me, then I'm folding as my hand is nowhere near strong enough to call a standard raise with.

I now get a short-stack shove and a flat from the BB. While I'd like to isolate the short-stack, their raise is not a legal raise, so I don't have the option to re-raise to isolate. Due to this, I'm going to call and re-evaluate on the flop.

I flop a flush draw and have the opp with chips left check to me. Since I'm only A high and have no side pot to take down if I bet as a semi-bluff, I'm going to check behind. I have nothing extra to win, so I don't want to take an unnecessary chance, especially since I'm up against two opponents.

If I saw the turn and the opp checked to me, then I'd make a standard value bet and since there is one opp left in the pot with chips, I'll bet 1/2 pot.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

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