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[NL2-NL10] AKo – Versus Donk on Paired Board

    • Raknyo
      Joined: 15.12.2011 Posts: 422
      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (6 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 117.5 BB
      SB: 159.5 BB
      BB: 152 BB
      Hero (UTG): 103 BB
      MP: 100 BB
      CO: 180.5 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.03) Hero has A:club: K:spade:

      Hero raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, BB calls 3 BB

      Flop: (8.5BB, 2 players) 4:heart: 4:diamond: 5:diamond:
      BB bets 6 BB, Hero?

      PF: Standard raise for value.

      F: BB's bet here could mean a few different things, he could be betting to maximise value but I don't think he has many, if any 4x hands in his range here. Most likely, he is betting for information, trying to find out if his over-pair to the board is good or if Hero has a better over-pair. Or he could be trying to take the pot down with a bluff holding two overcards.

      If he is bluffing with two over-cards, Hero could make more money by calling his bet and extracting value with an A or K hits, assuming BB holds one of these. Also, it is not known whether BB would openly bluff in an attempt to steal the pot here or whether or not he will fold over-cards to a bet.

      However, I think Hero should raise here because:
      He practices a couple of the TAG principles:
      He is aggressive and puts his opponent to a tough decision.
      He uses position to his advantage, BB knows they may have to face two more large bets on later streets.
      The board doesn't allow for many hands that would be comfortable facing a raise.
      If called, Hero still has two over-cards which he could hit to make a better pair than BB.
      By raising, he could easily represent an over-pair to the board, since his range consists of a lot of them from UTG.

      Also, if faced with a raise then Hero has a relatively simple fold so won't lose any more chips.
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,779
      If you called AK vs someone's preflop raise, would you fold AK high on this flop to a cbet? I don't think so.

      Similarly, when someone donkbets into you and you have AK high, you probably shouldn't fold the Flop.

      His range here is going to be some 5X, rarely will he have 4X, and mostly some random stuff like gutshots or flush draws or overcards like KQ. Vs this range of hands, you have a good amount of equity and should call the Flop at the very least.