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NL$60 Live MTT - AKs, nut flush draw vs aggro

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  • NL$60 Live MTT - AKs, nut flush draw vs aggro

    Hey, everyone. I'm not new to the site, although this is my first post in the forums. I have a quick question involving a Live B&M MTT I played in on Thursday.

    It was about the mid-point of the tournament. I believe the blinds were at about 400-800 (there were no antes in this tourney). I had been running fairly well, and was sitting at about 15,000 (from a starting 6000).

    I had been dealt AsKs and made a standard raise with it. The caller, one of the blinds, was a fairly loose and very aggressive player who liked to shove about once every ten hands or so (he usually did this pre-flop, but would also do it post-flop). He amassed a large stack early on, but had lost quite a bit of it in recent hands. The pot was a little over 4000 at this point.

    The flop came Qs 9s 2c, giving me the nut flush draw with two overcards. After a few seconds, my aggressive opponent shoved his stack of about 11,000. I counted my own chips, and found that I had him covered by about 1,500. I thought for a couple of minutes before calling.

    Was calling this shove the right move, or should I have played more cautiously?
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    Hi Christxof! Welcome to the forum. This type of buy-in B&M tourney is actually what started me playing NLHE tourneys. I'm actually going to play three of these in about a week when I go on a vacation to Las Vegas ($50, $60, $120 are what I'm planning on playing). How many players were in the tourney? The reason that I ask, is that it will help to determine how many chips I'll need to get ITM. 15k could be on the border of getting there, or I could need to accumulate more chips. If I need to accumulate chips to get ITM, then I'm looking for any spots where I can accumulate chips. With two overs and a flush draw, against a loose aggro opp, I most likely have 15 outs (I'm a 60-40 fav in the hand if they have a pair). Since I need to get more chips to get ITM, I'm more than willing to call here, as I'm the favorite to win the hand in a +EV situation. If the opp would shove a non-pair here, then I'm a huge favorite in a very +EV spot (could be the case if they are shoving this often). If I think I'm on the border of cashing in it, then I'm going to pass here and look for a better situation against this type of opp. One where instead of being on a draw, I have a made hand. Goal #1 is to get ITM, Goal #2 is to get into the top 3, Goal #3 is to win it. Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.umbup: John (JWK24)
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      Thanks for the tip, JWK!

      I forget the specifics, but there were 58 players in the tournament with a starting stack of 5000 each (with an optional $5 add-on of 1000 chips that almost everyone takes). We were down to between 30-25 players, and the top 6 cashed. With that being said, I don't think my 15000 stack would have gotten me itm, and would have barely gotten me to the final table (they fit 11 at a table).
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Christxof View Post
        Thanks for the tip, JWK!

        I forget the specifics, but there were 58 players in the tournament with a starting stack of 5000 each (with an optional $5 add-on of 1000 chips that almost everyone takes). We were down to between 30-25 players, and the top 6 cashed. With that being said, I don't think my 15000 stack would have gotten me itm, and would have barely gotten me to the final table (they fit 11 at a table).
        With that being the case, I'm definitely going with it here, as I do need to be accumulating chips.
        Anytime I'm playing live, if there is ever an add-on, it's absolutely crazy not to take it ($5-10 is what they've been in all the tourneys I've played over the years). Not taking it puts you in at a chip disadvantage before you even start... something that I definitely do not want to do.

        John (JWK24)
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