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KJ with K on the flop - Tue Mar 18, 2014, 04:46 PM
xTrey815's Avatar
Since: Mar 2014
Posts: 58

Hi guys ended up in a tough spot here.

Its an hour its the hot $0.55 down to 4000 players. The villain is a tough player and was playing good poker in the first hour. I think i played it too aggressive and was my own worst enemy in this hand, let me know what you think.

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 05:30 PM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,359
I'm not keen on leading into the pre-flop raiser (a so called "donkbet") especially for a huge size. I'd just check-call to see if villain slows down on the turn (which would usually indicate you have the best hand). If he fires the turn, you can fold and be pretty sure you're beat. By building the pot out of position, villain gets to play "perfectly" against you. He'll fold worse hands (so you get no value) and only continue with better hands. Generally speaking, you should try and keep the pot small when out of position with medium strength hands like top pair good kicker.

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Tue Mar 18, 2014, 08:39 PM
spand42's Avatar
Since: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,496
What Arty says is absolutely correct about your postflop play, and I've got nothing to add to this. One thing I would ask is what was your plan if a brick like the 5s came on the turn, would you have fired again?

However I think the biggest mistake in this hand is preflop. You should fold preflop for a number of reasons:
  • The preflop raiser is a good player - you want to try and play against the weaker players, not the stronger ones.
  • The villain has a bigger stack than you - he could end your tournament here and now and can put pressure on you.
  • You are out of position - this makes the hand much more difficult to play postflop
  • KJo is a hand that is easily dominated and can lead to tough post-flop spots like the one you faced
  • While you have a fairly healthy stack, you aren't really deep enough to be able to afford to play speculatively.

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