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Author Topic: What would you do?  (Read 3454 times)
jmuirishman
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« on: November 02, 2008, 09:13:00 AM »

Sitting at a full NL Texas Hold Em table, you have AQs as the big blind.  Blinds are 1-2, and you are down to $50.  The dealer, small blind and one other player limp in.  You raise to $12.  One player folds before the dealer pushes all in for $400.  What do you do, lay it down or take a shot?

This happened to me 3 weeks ago at Harrah's in AC and still irks me.
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 10:01:22 AM »

This would depend largely on reads (as based on dealer's previous plays - as well as my own - it could make the decision either very easy fold or very easy call).  Personally, I'm not sure I'd raise here in first place (again - all depends on reads).  But, now that we're stuck in this mess, you have to evaluate the situation.

You have essentially $104 in the pot, and you are getting about 2.74:1 on the call - meaning you need to be at least 26.7% to win the pot (in order to break even over time).  Best case scenario, you are probably in a coin-flip situation, worst case would obviously be going against AA.  However, there are enough pocket pairs, JJ and under, to offset the situation of being against AA, so it seems to be a fairly easy call (that is, assuming you are able to let go of your final $38 - if you aren't, you shouldn't be on the table in the first place).

P.S. I'll move this to the correct room, Texas Hold'em (as it's more of a question on Texas Hold'em than it is cash game play). Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 03:31:35 AM »

Sitting at a full NL Texas Hold Em table, you have AQs as the big blind.  Blinds are 1-2, and you are down to $50.  The dealer, small blind and one other player limp in.  You raise to $12.  One player folds before the dealer pushes all in for $400.  What do you do, lay it down or take a shot?

This happened to me 3 weeks ago at Harrah's in AC and still irks me.

I hate your raise preflop. Check and see a flop. If the flop is good, THEN bet and take it down. Otherwise just give up your blind if you miss the flop. Be more patient and start doing the tricky and trappy. The button wont be able to put you on a big hand like AQ, so if you bet out on the flop there's a good chance you're gonna get called. Which is a good thing (if you hit the flop of course). But bet the flop, not preflop.
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008, 07:26:17 AM »

The problem I see with the preflop raise is purely stack dependant. We don't know the
stacks of all the other players but I'm assuming that you are outstacked at the table here.

In some situations, there's nothing wrong with such a raise from the BB,
as a move to take the pot down preflop.
If it does go to a flop then you're looking to bet there.
Being low stacked though, you're committing your small stack. I agree with GTS,
check and see a flop.

Playing the hand the way you described, I'd call his reraise.
Anything over 2 to 1 looks pretty good
here. If he doesn't have KK+ then you aren't in bad shape.

If you can top up your stack when you're low stacked it makes things easier.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2008, 03:20:16 PM »

The main problem with this hand is stack sizes. I may not mind a bet preflop from the BB here if you had, say $100. But you only have $50. So making a bet here and a bet on the flop, the pot will be to juicy to fold and you'll get urself into trouble if you miss. However if you check here you're givng yourself more options on what to do after the flop. Its mainly for this reason that im checking before the flop here.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 05:05:30 AM »

Instacall and reload/win.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 04:47:33 AM »

First of, why are you sitting with 25BB at a full NL cashtable?
That fact alone forces you to make the call, since you've allready commited yourself with the pf raise.
Btw, buttons play is very wierd here, limping after a limper and then reraising when BB induces to raise instead of checking.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 03:02:40 PM »

if you have a big cashier. and they are not your last cash.. i make the call.

it is a strong hand.

if you dont have enogh money to continue playing.. maybe i fold and i go to a 0.2 / 0.5 table or depending of how much can i spend that day
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2009, 04:13:46 PM »

The smallest tables at most B&M casinos is $1/2 - you can't find a .2/.5 table unless you're online - and if you're playing online, .2/.5 is way too high for a $40 bankroll.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2009, 04:36:46 AM »

Normally if someone limps a big hand it's as first spot to induce action....
Limping behind is unusual, and i suspect that he shoved with hand like 22-77 where he thinks he has a coin flip.
I call.
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