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[NL2-NL10] NL10 - AK on button

    • Gamer135
      Joined: 28.07.2008 Posts: 253
      Villain's a bit on the aggressive side (VPIP 27, AF 2.3 over 60-ish hands)

      $0.05/$0.1 No Limit Holdem
      6 players
      Converted at

      UTG ($12.90)
      UTG 1 ($9.20)
      CO ($23.50)
      Hero ($12.10)
      SB ($3.80)
      BB ($17.75)

      Pre-flop: ($0.15, 6 players) Hero is BTN A:club: K:spade:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.40, Hero calls $0.40, SB calls $0.35, 1 fold

      Flop: 2:club: K:diamond: J:heart: ($1.30, 3 players)
      SB checks, CO bets $1, Hero raises to $3, SB folds, CO calls $2

      Turn: 9:diamond: ($7.30, 2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $3.50, CO calls $3.50

      River: 6:spade: ($14.30, 2 players)
      CO goes all-in $16.60, $5.2 to Hero ($5.2)?
  • 4 replies
    • 2DHades
      Joined: 25.01.2008 Posts: 515
      3bet pf to 1.20$ and cbet/raise his donk bet on the flop.
      Now, you have nearly 1:3 to call on the river. His range is AA,KK,JJ,22,99(and do other PPs), AK, KQ, KJ, KT and bluff with PP/Ax/QJ/JT/SC.
    • TheBrood
      Joined: 17.07.2008 Posts: 4,383
      wow, a tough hand. Ill wait for the judge. btw, dont you hate AK? xD

      Im pretty sure you have to 3bet pf though since you have AK on the BU
    • Nunki
      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 865
      If you 3bet PF you can happily go broke on any flop that you hit. You are also likely ahead (PF). Being 120 BB's deep is also another reason to 3bet PF as your hand will be more easy to play post-flop.

      If villain is aggressive enough and knows where the fold button is then an argument could be found for smooth calling the flop (especially if the shortie SB might be going for a c/r thus enabling you to jam on the flop with villain hopefully in the middle). However, versus a loose enough villain raising the flop as played seems OK as all manner of Jx/Kx/gutshots/OESD type hands might call you here. I'd make it a bit more though so that you can shove the turn without having to overbet.

      The 9 on the turn is a bad card and I doubt that there is too much to choose between shoving (still plenty of worse hands might call here) or playing as you did in the hope of encouraging action from the hands that you beat.

      3bet PF next time and you won't have all these marginal decisions to make.
      It might not always be so simple but 3betting AK in position,cbet flop (you miss) check turn and presto: you get to see all 5 cards which is often a good result for AK. You'll often take down the pot PF which is never a bad thing unless villain is very fishy.
    • srohack
      Joined: 02.12.2006 Posts: 1,908
      3beting preflop in this situation is optimal for various reasons :
      you have position and you put presure on him
      it is not bad to take the pot preflop
      a lot of times people call with dominated hands
      it makes it easier to play it postflop

      calling is not bad taking into consideration the ss in sb that may shove (with a wide range ) and may create a profitable situation for you

      as played raise it at least to 4 on flop and try to put the rest of the money in on the turn