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  • KO Festival - How should we play AA here

    http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hand...250_A39F658408

    In this hand, I am quite aware I should have folded, and to be fair I was given enough information, but I called because I'm greedy and there was a bounty and I had the chips to call!

    I guess my question is when you get a hand like AA, what should be my thought process in this hand to win the maximum or lose the minimum. With a hand like AA, is that even possible ?

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    Hi Rob,

    It depends a lot on the player info. If the opponent is solid, I would just call his check-raise in position... if he's making a move we give him more rope and if he's got a monster (67s or a set) we keep the pot under control and minimize our losses.

    If the opponent is a poor player who over-values 1 pair hands, then this check-raise range will include many more worse 1 pair hands and it becomes profitable to get the money in. I would reraise big immediately in this case to get A7, 88-TT in before a card comes off that might slow him down.

    With no reads, I prefer to just call on this depth of money and take the slower line. If we have the best hand I think he'll check at some point and we can still get a value bet in if appropriate since we have position here.
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    • #3
      Would shoving all-in with AA folded to us here be a bad idea because we have more than 25BBs? It seems it would've made crap hands like that fold and it is a KO.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by IBNash View Post
        Would shoving all-in with AA folded to us here be a bad idea because we have more than 25BBs? It seems it would've made crap hands like that fold and it is a KO.
        Hi Nash,

        I think it's a bad idea, yes. We have a 100bb stack, we aren't aiming to end this hand with 101.5bb's, we'll do much better with a standard open raise getting value from worse hands, even though sometimes we'll lose as a result. The stacks behind us range between 72bb's and 28bb's, I doubt anyone is going to call light on these stacks, so shoving loses all value.

        It's also not a KO, we have to eliminate someone from the tournament to receive a KO. That is least likely to happen if we shove preflop, since it will cause all but the strongest of hands to fold.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by TheLangolier View Post
          Hi Nash,

          I think it's a bad idea, yes. We have a 100bb stack, we aren't aiming to end this hand with 101.5bb's, we'll do much better with a standard open raise getting value from worse hands, even though sometimes we'll lose as a result. The stacks behind us range between 72bb's and 28bb's, I doubt anyone is going to call light on these stacks, so shoving loses all value.

          It's also not a KO, we have to eliminate someone from the tournament to receive a KO. That is least likely to happen if we shove preflop, since it will cause all but the strongest of hands to fold.
          Hi!
          Thanks for clearing that up.

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