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Poker Hand Review - Take that risk?

Poker Hand Review - Take that risk? - Mon May 19, 2014, 12:59 AM
Spy474's Avatar
Since: Aug 2012
Posts: 39
Hi everyone!

I'm new to this forum. I've been using PokerSchoolOnline since 1 year (Part time, obviously) and now I want to practice to become a better poker player!

My favorite game at the moment are STT (1,50$ Fifty50) and MTT (0,25$ 45 player). Since I restart playing poker, with a lot more of studying, I perform very well in my game.
(I've been playing about 5 MTT (Position: 5/45 , 11/45, 15/45, 38/45, ??/45))

The hand I would like to discuss is from one of my MTT game.
At the beginning of the game I made a bad move and I was low stack (About 750 chips, average 2 250+/-) and I rebuild a nice stack being very aggressive (And a little bit too much loose). So at this point, i'm tag like an loose player.

Sorry, this hand was deleted by its owner

I think i made the good move (I don't care of the result) I was BTN and I had a Very strong hand..
My first move was to raise 3Bet. Should I bet more? I think that was a decent amount.

The BB raise All-in (More chip) At this point of the tournament, i don't think i made the right move to call. That's my main question here. Should I call?

Pretty lucky to hit the Straight on this one!

If you want to know, the result of the tournament is a win!!! (My fist 45 player win) I was chip leader almost all the time after this hand, and i played very aggressive)

Thank you for your help!
Tue May 20, 2014, 06:42 AM
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Since: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,496
Hi Spy, welcome to the forums!

In MTTs, that stack to pot ratios are quite low, this means that you can make smaller bets that put a lot of pressure on your opponent's stack. This still allows you to get value with your strong hands but also keeps your bluffs much cheaper.

With everyone sitting on stacks of around 20-30BB, my opening raise size would be either to or 2.5x the big blind, so to somewhere between 400-500. This allows you to steal the blinds more often with a wider range of hands because it is cheaper to fold for the times when you are bluffing.

Getting all in with a 35BB stack with AKo is absolutely fine, particularly as you have had quite a loose reputation. I don't expect villain to just shove with AA/KK, he'd probably 3Bet smaller to try and induce you to shove.

So at worst you're flipping and you'll be dominating his worse Ax easily often enough that this is way too much of a +EV spot to pass up, even though it's putting your tournament life on the line.
Tue May 20, 2014, 09:14 AM
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Wed May 21, 2014, 07:49 AM
Spy474's Avatar
Since: Aug 2012
Posts: 39
@wiltshireman: Thank you for the warm welcome! I've been playing 2 Open Skill League tournement and finish 90/10000 and 211/7909! That's awesome, i realy like the PokerSchoolOnline community!

spand42: Thank you very much! That's the kind of information i'm looking for! I'll try to lower my raise to have cheaper bluff (if I need to!)
Wed May 21, 2014, 08:42 AM
etchos's Avatar
Since: Sep 2013
Posts: 38
I agree with spand42 that you open for too much 400-500 is much more appropriate.

What i don't see in your explanation is any reference to the villain. You discuss your stats....your position....and your action like its happening in a vacuum.

What was the villains tendancies? was he 3 betting wide?
Wed May 21, 2014, 07:16 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,809
I agree and 500 would be my standard bet here. The key for me on my next action is my read of the opp. I have almost enough chips to cash in this already (I aim for a 6-7k stack in the 45's to start with), then go for a top 3 spot in them.

If the opp is extremely loose, then I'm calling with the AK.

If the opp is tighter, I'll let it go and fold to their shove and look for a better spot.

My reasoning is that I do not have a made hand and am very close to having enough chips to cash in the tourney and due to that, I don't need to take an unnecessary risk with an unmade hand.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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