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NL2, AA on versus 2 Pair, did I overplay the flop?

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  • NL2, AA on versus 2 Pair, did I overplay the flop?

    This was in a zoom poker so there was no real information on the villain. I was OOP on the small blind. I am curious if I let the pot build up too much on the flop given my hand and his aggressiveness. Also if my shove was the right call. I really don't feel particularly good during the hand but that could be me being a fish with limited experience. Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    Hi SerDiuky!

    With AA in the SB and with a limper in the pot, I'd make a standard raise for value. Usually this will be 3bb + 1bb to total 4bb or 8c. Sometimes, I'll add an extra big blind because I'm out of position. Since villain limped, he's probably a bad player, so he'll call 10c for the same reason he'll call 6c. So start building a big pot while you know you have the best hand.
    The flop comes KT9tt (two-tone, with a flush draw). This is a horrible flop for two aces, especially as you have no blocker or backdoor to the flush.
    Nevertheless, I like a c-bet of close to pot to get value from Kx and draws. Here, villain minraises. When a weak 2NL player makes this play, he usually has a made hand, as the type of players that limp seldom make semi-bluff raises with draws. It's possible villain flopped a straight and you're drawing almost dead, but his value range also includes sets and two pairs that have you in bad shape. Without stats and notes it's difficult to know how to proceed. I don't think it's +EV to stack off on the flop, because I doubt villain will do so with any hands you beat (like KQ/KJ). I think I'd just call the minraise and see what happens on the turn. If villain makes a big bet on a blank turn, then folding is the right play, because he has 2 pr+ and you're drawing to a maximum of 8 outs. (If he has top 2 pr, then he will get counterfeited if the board pairs the smaller cards.)
    If villain had been much shorter-stacked pre-flop, then getting it in on the flop would be fine, but I don't think it's a good idea to get 75bb in the middle on the flop in a single-raised pot that only contains 15c.

    Hope this helps!
    Bracelet Winner


    • #3
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      • #4
        Thanks, this is good stuff



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