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Simple preflop decision which I don't have answer to !

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  • Simple preflop decision which I don't have answer to !

    First hand of the tournament for me, no read on anybody. It's Hot $0.55.

    Simple question should I peel-off as I am getting 1:2.50 to make the call with not so bad hand and I have position. But look at the SB 3-bet sizing and he is from belarus if that helps.

    I am not sure if calling will get me into more trouble or not as I will either be seeing flush draw or top pair with nice kicker on the flop if I hit.

    If I should fold then why?

    PokerStars Hand #116501514861: Tournament #910955662, $0.50+$0.05 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level III (20/40) - 2014/05/22 2:33:32 IST [2014/05/21 17:03:32 ET]
    Table '910955662 188' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
    Seat 1: DeadxDino (5985 in chips)
    Seat 2: losbert (2825 in chips)
    Seat 3: Aleyclau2000 (2835 in chips)
    Seat 4: adikumar2010 (3000 in chips)
    Seat 5: orlos2001 (2850 in chips)
    Seat 6: bjmath (2600 in chips)
    Seat 7: psitorch (2820 in chips)
    Seat 8: KaosKane (3485 in chips)
    Seat 9: MatheusHB (3315 in chips)
    bjmath: posts small blind 20
    psitorch: posts big blind 40
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to adikumar2010 [Ad Qd]
    KaosKane: calls 40
    MatheusHB: folds
    DeadxDino: folds
    losbert: folds
    Aleyclau2000: folds
    adikumar2010: raises 80 to 120
    orlos2001: folds
    bjmath: folds
    psitorch: raises 200 to 320
    KaosKane: folds
    adikumar2010: ??

    * If this had been a cash game I would never be putting this hand here as it's an easy call. But in tournament stack preservation is vital.
    Last edited by adikumar2010; Thu May 22, 2014, 12:19 AM.
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    Hi adikumar2010! With AQs and a limper in front of me, I need to make a standard raise, which at this blind level is to 3BB+1BB for each limper (160 chips). I do not want to raise to less than this and give the opps the correct odds to call to try to outdraw me, which is what too small of a bet does. I then get 3-bet by the BB to 320 (standard 3-bet sizing, as it's between 2.5x and 3x). If I call here, I'm putting over 10% of my stack into the pot where I can be easily dominated or already be behind. I also do not want to 4-bet here, as doing so pot-commits me and I really don't want to get it in this early when I can easily be behind (AK or any pair). Since I don't want to be all-in here and do not want to leak off 10% of my stack if I miss the flop with an unmade hand, I'm going to muck and wait for a better spot. Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.umbup: John (JWK24) P.S. I'm mucking this in a cash game too, unless I had a note that the opp was a very loose fish (where I'd 4-bet the opp the majority of the time and call a smaller % of the time).
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