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PSO Skill League - AA early stage of MTT - Fri Jun 20, 2014, 02:12 PM
dirt eh's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,274
4th hand of the tournament... in a regular MTT I am never folding here. Is it correct to play this hand passively in the Skill League?

Villain(8 hands): 38/13/0.0

I get knocked out in 438 out of 441 players.. Huge blow to my ranking as I am currently in 8th place overall for the month.

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 02:38 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,817
Hi dirt eh!

This is one where I'm playing it totally differently if a cash tourney vs a league game.

Preflop with AA, when there is a raise and a call, I'm going to make a pot-sized raise to 360.

I get one caller and see a wet flop of QT8. When the opp checks to me, I'm going to make a standard c-bet of 1/2 pot (480). I don't want to bet more than this because it's a league game and I need to save chips if I need to fold later in the hand if the board gets worse.

The turn not only puts a flush draw out there, but also completes another straight draw. When the opp checks to me, I'm normally going to make a 1/2 pot value bet. With this being a league game, the only time I'm ever pot-committed is if I'm blinded in, as I need to try to outlast as many opps as possible... especially later in the month when the penalties for an earlier exit are higher. I can't put all my chips at risk this early in a tourney without having the nuts. If the opp raises my 1/2 pot bet, then I have to let the hand go. However, if the opp is known to be passive, I can also check behind and make this bet on the river if the board does not get any worse. If the opp is known to be aggressive on the river, I don't want to check and give them a reason to bluff-shove, because I'd have to fold to it.

My plan for the river is to get to showdown as cheaply as possible if a non-threatening river comes. Unfortunately, the river pairs a T, so now I'm also behind Tx. If the opp checks to me, I'm checking behind and going to showdown. If the opp shoves, since I only have one pair, I have to fold and outlast more opps.

In a cash tourney... I'm absolutely shipping the turn, since this bet pot-commits me.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)

P.S. I'd definitely be making a note on the opp about slowplaying a set. That's useful information that can be used to exploit them in future tourneys.


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Mon Jun 23, 2014, 10:48 PM
marvinsytan's Avatar
Since: Aug 2010
Posts: 6,453
the moment he flats the flop that's scary bec you raise it so hard preflop and for him to flat that post flop is a MONSTER any draws will reshove and top pr overpr will reships so check the turn and hopefully see the showdown cheap if he bets small on the river

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