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[NL2-NL10] NL2 AK Should I have just called?

    • psyxxx74
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 87
      IPoker, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      MP1: $4.70 (235 bb)
      MP2: $1.78 (89 bb)
      MP3: $5.03 (251.5 bb)
      CO: $10.01 (500.5 bb)
      BTN: $1.58 (79 bb)
      Hero (SB): $1.74 (87 bb)
      BB: $2.74 (137 bb)
      UTG+1: $5 (250 bb)
      UTG+2: $4.08 (204 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K A
      4 folds, MP3 raises to $0.07, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.21, BB folds, MP3 calls $0.14

      Flop: ($0.44) K T T (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.22, MP3 calls $0.22

      Turn: ($0.88) 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP3 checks

      River: ($0.88) 9 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.44, MP3 folds

      $0.88 pot ($0.05 rake)
      Final Board: K T T 2 9
      MP3 mucked and lost (-$0.43 net)
      Hero mucked K A and won $0.83 ($0.40 net)

      I was wondering if I should have called on the pre-flop, instead of raising, also bet on the turn instead of checking...
  • 4 replies
    • eXtremeACE
      Joined: 22.02.2011 Posts: 267
      Hey psyxxx74 ,

      Well the way I look at it, you're out of position and you really need to charge him if he wants to play a hand in position vs you..

      Times I'd rather flat than 3bet is if I know he's like folding 80% of times to the 3bet, because then I'm turning AK into a bluff, and would rather 3bet with 72o, and flat with AK.. Versus unknown, I think it's good to 3bet, especially OOP..

      Well, being OOP really sucks for value extraction, right? :/ I actually like the turn check, you feign weakness and you can make it look like you just cbet on the flop for him to fold, and now are giving up - for all he knows.. So you can get perhaps 1 more bet out of villain, if he wanted to float you..

      But as always in poker, it depends.. Who is the MP3 guy (or a gal?)? Is he/she passive caller, then sure, a turn bet would be +EV move to do.. Is he/she aggressive bluffer (doubt since it's nl2, but could happen) then check is good to induce.. Is he/she really tight player, and are you afraid actually of set of tens or AA, then check is good for pot control and minimax..

      IMO, just my opinion mate, I'm still learning just like you are, in fact I headed here to post one of my own hands I have troubles with, so don't take what I wrote for granted. :)

      Best of luck
    • JimmyChooEsq
      Joined: 09.04.2011 Posts: 63
      Preflop a raise with AK is always good.

      The turn shows weakness when you check and I think that lets you get some cash from him on the river.

      If course, firing all 3 bullets is strong too. I think I would have done that but I await Verizon's comments with interest.
    • psyxxx74
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 87
      Actually I checked to see if he had any T trips on the Turn but maybe if tha'ts the motivation it will be a bad play huh?
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello psyxxx74,

      He will rarely have there trips. :P But rather weaker hands. A lot of Kx and maybe even draws. Just Bet/Bet/Bet. :)

      Best Regards.