[NL2-NL10] NL 2 Zoom KK vs UTG 4.5 BB raise

    • VorpalF2F
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      Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players

      NL 2 zoom

      BTN: $1.40 (70 bb)
      SB: $2 (100 bb)
      BB: $1.86 (93 bb)
      UTG+1: $3.85 (192.5 bb) unknown
      UTG+2: $2.92 (146 bb)
      MP1: $2.35 (117.5 bb) unknown
      MP2: $2.16 (108 bb)
      MP3: $7.84 (392 bb)
      Hero (CO): $2.10 (105 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with K K
      UTG+1 raises to $0.09, UTG+2 folds, MP1 calls $0.09, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, 3 folds, UTG+1 calls $0.31, MP1 folds
      With a UTG raise, esp a large one for zoom, I figured 99+ AQ+
      Caller is likely a pocket pair, but was no factor in the hand

      Flop: ($0.92) 9 5 7 (2 players)
      UTG+1 bets $0.35, Hero calls $0.35
      just called -- perhaps should have raised, but the board is only damp, and this doesn't hit his perceived range well.
      At the time, I was thinking I was way ahead/way behind, as AA & 99 have me crushed.

      Turn: ($1.62) 6 (2 players)
      UTG+1 bets $1.71, Hero calls $1.35 and is all-in
      I'm way ahead of anything except AA, and Ax has only 3 outs. I felt his shove showed weakness on this card. I think if he did have AA or 99, then he would bet about half to 3/4

      River: ($4.32) A (2 players, 1 is all-in)
      I am SO glad that villain decided to shove on the turn brick. I actually might have folded had he waited until here to shove

      $4.32 pot ($0.15 rake)
      Final Board: 9 5 7 6 A
      UTG+1 showed T T and won $0.00 (-$2.10 net)
      Hero showed K K and won $4.17 ($2.07 net)
  • 2 replies
    • TJtheTJ
      Joined: 12.10.2011 Posts: 6,583
      I would have done the same thing assuming villain plays a very standard game.

      Of course if villain is a better player and plays a more aggressive preflop game, he could easily have smaller pairs and suited connectors in his range, which means he could hit the board much harder. For example, say he has something like 22+, AQ+, JTs, T9s, 98s, 87s, 76s. Now you suddenly have to worry about more hands beating you (55 and 77) and there are hands that could easily hit a draw. So if villain is capable of raising a bit looser from UTG, you should consider raising imo.

      But against an unknown I would play it the same :)
    • Kaitz20
      Joined: 02.02.2007 Posts: 27,343

      I think KK is too strong to just flat pf, so I would also 3-bet for value, since you´re not really going to fold likely at any turn (or at least you shouldn´t) I would prefer raising small 0.8$ and calling his shove- if I just call then I would shove any turn card (expect ace, but I can´t really fold to his shove either, because he can have there flushdraw). If I had there KsKh then I would prefer raising more on the flop, since I then also need to protect more against (runner-runner) flushdraws.

      best regards,