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5NL 6max zoom - AK slow play against squeeze

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  • 5NL 6max zoom - AK slow play against squeeze

    SB: I read him aggressive
    MP: No reads

    Zoom tables were running extremely tight – 14%

    PRE Just called, because I wanted, also felt that opponents would mostly 4b of fold, and I wasn’t going to play stacks for AK

    Squeeze, I gave him wide range {AT+, 99+} – however after 4bet and a call I thought I would be at most 50/50, when AI probably clear EV-

    After that everything went a bit blurry.

    OTF I felt I’m way ahead or against a draw, so I decided to call. For higher EV

    OTT After just calling OTF I felt I had to call, because his range would still include many hands I beat.

    OTR I had no idea what to do, so I opted the safe line.

    PokerStars Zoom No-Limit Hold'em, $0.05 BB (6 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from

    Hero (Button) ($8.91)
    SB ($5.16)
    BB ($5.12)
    UTG ($7.16)
    MP ($5.83)
    CO ($13.45)

    Preflop: Hero is Button with K, A
    1 fold, MP raises to $0.10, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.10, SB raises to $0.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.40

    Flop: ($1.15) K, 2, J (2 players)
    SB bets $0.75, Hero calls $0.75

    Turn: ($2.65) 5 (2 players)
    SB bets $1.80, Hero calls $1.80

    River: ($6.25) 8 (2 players)
    SB checks, Hero checks

    Total pot: $6.25 | Rake: $0.26

  • #2
    I would definitely raise Preflop from the button. AK isn't a particularly good hand multi-way, it's better to raise both for value and to isolate and more likely get the pot HU with you in position.

    I think the Flop and Turn calls are fine. However I would definitely shove for the villain's last $2.11. It is a very weak check if he is not willing to get it all in after playing the last three betting opportunities so aggressively.

    I suppose he might be fearing that his AA might not be best, but I am not scared of too much else here.


    • #3
      ^^ that


      • #4
        Hey braveslice

        I think this hand can be played different ways preflop. Against an unknown, we can 3bet for value against the average player on 5nl and get our money in preflop. We can also take a call line if we think there is an aggressive squeezer in the blinds after which we can 4bet/get it in or call IP and let them spew off with Ax. The problem with calling a squeeze is that we will miss a ton of flops so we need to be ready to float them a good amount of the time so I think calling with the suited AK would be better for that line because it adds more options post flop. We also have to think about stack sizes so in deeper situation calling a squeeze would be better in shallower spots I would prefer 4betting.

        As played, I think calling two streets and checking back the river is fine. Although it might look like a missed value bet but I don't see many worse hands that can call us so checking behind to see their cards is not such a bad idea.


        • #5
          Ok, ty for analyzes.

          Yes, he was weak, gutshot.

          I will do difference with AK and AKs now on. Great (geo) that you said: calling the river is fine, because later today I thought about the same.

          But honestly, 4b against squeeze and he goes for 5bet, in a tight zoom table, I will be mostly against AA, KK (sometimes QQ,AK). I would be missing value with AK because I need fold, that can't be right?
          Last edited by braveslice; Wed Dec 04, 2013, 10:45 PM.



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