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    Hi, I'm a new player and I've recently started to try to take my game up a notch. I'd appreciate advice on the way I've played/should have played this hand. p.s I'm not sure I've added the hand replayer correctly so I've added a link as well - just to be on the safe side. Cheers, Michael http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/rep...ash=B70BE95BD2

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    Hi Zevinar1! Welcome to the forum! I'll assume that this is from a standard freeroll and not a league game (league games have totally different strategies compared to any other tourney). With KQo from mid position, I get a limp in front of me. If I'm going to play the hand, then I need to make a standard raise, which for me at this blind level is to 2.5BB+1BB for each limper. Due to this, I'd normally raise to 3.5BB or 1050. However, this bet would almost pot-commit me, as I'm pot-committed if I put 1/3 of my stack into the pot. Being close to being pot-committed, it really turns this into a shove/fold preflop. If I'm going to play the hand, I need to shove to maximize my fold equity and also to not let an opp that would call a smaller bet see a card on the flop that could beat me, without paying the maximum to do so. If I did see the flop that totally misses me, when the opp leads into me, I absolutely need to fold here as I'm not getting the correct odds to call. I'd have to put 300 into a pot that will be 2175 (13.8%). IF a K or Q would win the hand for me, I have 6 outs and from the rule of 4 and 2, each out is worth 2% equity to the turn. 6 outs is therefore worth 12%. Since the pot equity (13.8%) is higher than what my hand is worth (12%), I need to fold. I want to be putting chips into the pot when I'm ahead, not when I'm behind OR I can call a bet IF my hand equity is worth more than the pot equity. When my hand equity is higher, I expect to gain chips on average by calling. When the pot equity is higher, I expect to LOSE chips on average by calling. Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.umbup: John (JWK24)
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      Hi John,

      Thanks for the quick and replay!
      I still have some open questions:

      I'm not completely clear regarding your comment in the first part on preflop shove, do you mean that since 3.5 BB raise will likely turn into fold / shove situation it would be better to shove rather than raise 3.5 BB and thus improve villain chance of folding ?

      I didn't quite understand of you think that paying this hand (considering position and stack size) is the right call at this situation, do you think a preflop fold would be a better option ?

      Regarding pot size I didn't quite follow your calculation, with 3.5 BB raise I'm getting to a pot of 3375 (225 ante + 150 SM + 300BB + 300 Limp + 1350 My Call And Raise + 1050 villain Call + 300 villain raise post flop) which with this pot Odds are better for me.

      Thanks Michael

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