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AA vs. junk

    • KaniSama
      KaniSama
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      Joined: 18.10.2007 Posts: 36
      How do I play Aces against junk on the flop?

      Let's say I got aces in SB, I raise and someone in LP calls me.

      The flop comes 8 2 3 broadway, I c-bet and the caller reraises me.

      What am I supposed to do? Reraise, call, fold?


      And what about if he's a midstack, like he got only 35BB left?

      Thanks
  • 6 replies
    • pumpkinx
      pumpkinx
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      Joined: 18.01.2009 Posts: 28
      he could call preflop with all small to medium pocket pair and suited connectors.

      Or he just might not belive u have hit anything on the flop.

      54, 87, 98, 22-TT is my guess he would continue with, maybe even raise if he dont belive u.

      if his range is something like this u are a big favorit to win.
    • KaniSama
      KaniSama
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      Joined: 18.10.2007 Posts: 36
      Ok! I see that but what do I do?

      Reraise and fold if he goes all-in or call and see if he bets big on turn?
    • jp2570
      jp2570
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      Joined: 28.12.2008 Posts: 10
      To be fair I would play it entirely on the reads you have on him. Its hard to give an exact answer with out a bit more information but it seems to me that calling the raise pre-flop and then re-raising post flop looks as if he is trying to be aggressive and take down the pot with an over pair. I would possibly take 2 options:

      1)It is a nothing flop and he is keen to get his chips in and you are more than likely to have the best hand so you could shove all-in.

      2)Or, a more risky option if you know how he plays and have a good read, is to possibly call the re-raise to let him bet into you on the turn and river.

      Do you agree?
      What was the outcome?

      jp2570
    • TheBrood
      TheBrood
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      Joined: 17.07.2008 Posts: 4,383
      If he's very tight and cautious you might be beat but in the vast majority of cases someone with a small stack is pretty bad and I would call his flop raise and lead turn/shove. It depends on limit too though.

      You cant play scared against a shortstack thinking he has a set all the time because his chance of hitting it is very low. Against a small stack its very easy to get it in on the turn.

      If you see him calling pf with trash, you can raise a bit more pf.
    • KaniSama
      KaniSama
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      Joined: 18.10.2007 Posts: 36
      At the moment I'm losing money in these situations, but it could be due to a downswing.

      But I don't think that I could put away Aces against a small stack in this situation, should I?

      Recently I'm often faced with a set or two pair in this particular spot.
    • TribunCaesar
      TribunCaesar
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      Joined: 29.04.2007 Posts: 13,264
      Depends on Villain. Against a mid stack I am getting it in however. I do call the raise and c/shove the turn. Against a tag it really depends. I suggest tp post hands with those situations. It's always easier to see the exact situation.


      Best regards,
      TribunCaesar