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Why you never slow play Aces

    • VorpalF2F
      Super Moderator
      Super Moderator
      Joined: 02.09.2010 Posts: 10,754
      You could also call it "Why never let the BB see a flop for free"

      Fun hand of the night #1

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em Tournament, 150/300 Blinds 25 Ante (8 handed) - Full Tilt Converter Tool from

      UTG+1 (t12130)
      MP1 (t9358)
      MP2 (t35625)
      CO (t51891)
      Button (t17690)
      SB (t20425)
      Hero (BB) (t25910)
      UTG (t80)

      Hero's M: 39.86

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 8, 9
      2 folds, MP1 calls t300, 2 folds, Button calls t300, SB calls t150, Hero checks

      Flop: (t1400) 9, 7, 5 (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets t800, MP1 calls t800, Button raises to t1600, 1 fold, Hero calls t800, 1 fold

      Turn: (t5400) 9 (2 players)
      Hero checks, Button bets t2100, Hero calls t2100

      River: (t9600) 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets t5000, Button calls t5000

      Total pot: t19600

      Button had A, A (two pair, Aces and nines).
      Hero had 8, 9 (full house, nines over fives).
      Outcome: Hero won t19600

      Further on the topic of success, following this, I made the deepest run yet in a large MTT going out in 61st out of 1800
  • 3 replies
    • mallikarim
      Joined: 02.12.2010 Posts: 104
      Nice job, and about the hand, well the guy clearly is a moron, and as the pros say, internet kids try to trap and slowplay way too much.I rather not get action on my aces and get the blinds and antes then being sucked out on and then raging.
    • Helipacter
      Joined: 28.07.2010 Posts: 474

      Please tell me he called you a fish or a donkey afterwards, that would be perfect!

      (PS - congrats on the run.)
    • Elroch
      Joined: 08.02.2011 Posts: 150
      I too don't like villain's play in MP2. If he was at a table where the probability of being raised by one of the 5 remaining players was very high, it could be ok, although a limp-reraise has to be compared to a straightforward open-raise/3-bet.

      After the flop, villain had 62.7% equity in the 5400 pot, which amounts to 985 net profit. This compares to 450 profit if he had successfully won the blinds. Your implied odds for when you catch a 9, an 8 (without an ace) or a 6 should claw some of this back. It depends how much you would lose if you don't improve on top pair.

      So, despite the flop looking good, it looks like it was more about getting to see the turn than the flop (which you paid a reasonable price for).

      But I still don't like the MP2 limp. :)