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  • Big Stack Bully Image/ Hand Strength?

    PokerSTARS: This situation puzzled me at the time and would appreciate your feedback... I had just taken somewhere around 8 orbits of blinds nearly back to back by this point so I would suspect that players would get frustrated and try to take away my aggression or trap me at some point with a monster hand. I have no history on these players and my question stems from my perceived image in this situation as a big stack bully. I had a completely legitement hand so should I have followed with a 3x raised the villain and maintained persitent with my aggression. As big stack I felt it might have been suitable but villain was commited and UG plus one so I supsected a monster and he might have been trying to induce a bluff from me. Is my hand even strong enough compared to the potential calling stacks behind me? Any thoughts? The following hand is a similar situation later in the same tourney... Was my a bit more than 3x reraise too much? I was not happy about folding this, but I felt I put myself in this marginal situation!
    Last edited by KRODDORK; Fri Apr 01, 2011, 11:33 PM. Reason: Forgot to add a hand

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    Hand #1:

    You gotta fold this. That raise ahead of you commits him to the pot, no matter what you do. You 3 bet him, he is calling. QJs is "decent", but it is hardly a world beater on a 24 BB stack v. an EP committing raiser.

    Besides, you too are EP there, so even if ou do RR him, what do you do with your QJs when someone squeezes behind you?

    Losing 25% of your chips simply isn't worth it with QKJs there.

    Hand #2:

    You have a hand plenty strong to call his raise and take the flop. You 3 bet though, which again, isn't THAT bad since he could be simply trying to "punish the limper".

    You airball tho, and do not even have any valid draws (except over card draws). There is nothing you can do here except fold; this smacks of the SB holding 99/TT to me...

    I think with the AQs I'd be more prone (without reads) to flat the raise, and not RR the SB. After the flop comes, his actions makes your decsion 100% clear cut. You cannot risk losing most all your sack in the CHANCE he is bluffing weak enough you can beat him.
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    • #3
      I agree with JD.

      Hand 1 is an auto fold. You can find a better situation to get your chips in.

      Hand 2, personally, I'd have probably just called their raise and tried to trap them if I got spades, A or Q on flop. I'd put him either on trips or a mid overpair (which also gives him a str8 draw).
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      • #4
        I agree.

        Hand 1 QJ does not play well against his range which in the absence of reads should generally be strong here, and you have the whole table still to act behind you. EZ fold.

        Hand 2 you're playing a 25 bb stack, you really can't afford to 3b for 10bb's pre and then throw it away, so don't put yourself in that position. 3b shove pre, or just flat. He made a standard stop and go on you and it's a great board to do it on, you get stuck folding AQ. Yuck.
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