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[NL20-NL50] SH nl50 preflop Question

    • maritsula
      Joined: 19.12.2011 Posts: 905
      Poker Stars, $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $95.43 (190.9 bb)
      SB: $150.49 (301 bb)
      BB: $50.32 (100.6 bb)
      Hero (UTG): $121.10 (242.2 bb)
      MP: $116.89 (233.8 bb)
      CO: $180.26 (360.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with A A
      Hero raises to $1.50, MP folds, CO raises to $4.12, 2 folds, BB raises to $10.50, Hero raises to $18, 2 folds

      $25.37 pot
      Hero mucked A A and won $25.37 ($14.87 net)

      when the BB 4bets whats the best line to take?

      If a 5b its obvious i have AA and he might even fold QQ/KK
      If i flat I am giving huge implied odds to the other big stack

      Anything else I could do?
  • 1 reply
    • EmanuelC16
      Joined: 02.01.2010 Posts: 13,909

      Do you think CO would ever fold QQ+? He still gets OK odds to call with it imo. This is a typical spot where you can 5bet a lot of Ax hands because players in CO and BB's spots will have a tough time doing anything against it.

      I think 5betting will still get CO involved reasonably. Calling though is doable and it's probably better from a game theory perspective very often because it's hard to construct a balanced 5betting range here. In my view, you don't need it, you should just go full on exploitive and dynamic, especially this low. However, if you call you shoudl treat your hand as very good preflop and play some postflop poker. Realize you under-reped your hand, keep in mind you cannot represent AA in other people's views, you will have to bluffcatch with one pair quite often. If you call, there can be a whole book written just about this spot with many 'it depends' there. You need to know your opponent's frequencies and be aware of your own range.