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[NL20-NL50] NL25 - QQ UTG facing squeeze

    • MoneyStef
      Joined: 11.01.2011 Posts: 1,501
      What to do here pre-flop, 4bet all in or call?

      Poker Stars $25.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2160089
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      BTN: $19.76 - VPIP: 0, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 0,0, Hands: 5
      SB: $37.03 - VPIP: 0, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 0,0, Hands: 5
      BB: $12.50 - VPIP: 27, PFR: 25, 3B: 14, AF: 1,8, Hands: 64
      Hero (UTG): $39.73 - VPIP: 24, PFR: 17, 3B: 4, AF: 2,1, Hands: 6026
      MP: $11.52 - VPIP: 33, PFR: 17, 3B: 33, AF: 0,0, Hands: 6
      CO: $21.66 - VPIP: 60, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 0,0, Hands: 5

      Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is UTG with Q :spade: Q :club:
      Hero raises to $0.75, 1 fold, CO calls $0.75, 2 folds, BB raises to $2.25, Hero ???
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,779

      I don't think flatting QQ here in this spot is ever an option for 2 reasons
      -QQ is strong: QQ is faring very well here vs his stack off range. I think we have 50% equity if we play for stacks, and we can take down the dead money in the pot if he folds. Villain is half stacked and I won't be surprised to see him shove AQ/TT/JJ here.
      -QQ is vulnerable: On about 1/3 of flops there will be an Ace or King which kills the action. And besides you have no good reason to justify slowplaying here. Just stick to the default when you lack strong reads.

      What are our options here?
      -4bet to $4 and stack off
      -Shove directly

      Do we have a bluffing range here? If we do, we should use the smaller size. If not we can just push directly, unless we feel that a smaller 4bet will induce our opponent to either call with worse, or 5bet with worse.