Was it wise to call?

    • adoubleuk
      adoubleuk
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      I'm new to this forum and would like to ask a question regarding a hand which caused much discussion at our club last night. I apologise if it seems rather basic, but no consensus was reached, so any answers from other posters here will probably add to the discussion!

      Game: low-stakes no-limit cash hold-em (NOT tournament). Minimum entry 200 euros, max 1000.

      Player 3 (small stack) goes all-in with 49 euros. Player 5 (medium stack with 410 euros) calls. Big blind (also small stack) goes all-in with 50 euros, 5 adds a euro to complete his call. The other players have folded.

      The board is dealt and is rainbow, so no flush possible. Also, no straight emerges.

      Hands: BB has AK offsuit, 3 has pair of queens, 5 has AJ suited. The board shows a queen on the turn, so player 3 wins.

      Subsequent discussion is at two 'levels', the first of which is mainly opinon, but leads to the second, which is mathematical. But revolves around one basic question: was player 5 'wise' to have called with his suited AJ? (Opinions here welcomed!)

      But then the maths. Player 5 claims his odds (although not the best) were reasonable to win, based on his overcard and his two cards being suited. Big blind says that the odds were greater of pairing either his ace or his king than those of Player 3 completing his set. Player 3 (who's won) disagrees with both of them!

      What do you think? Should player 5 have called? Would you have called in such a context, given the superior stack size? (Ignore the possibility of other players deciding to participate in the hand: or don't, if you wish!)

      Any views on this (preferably with a mathematical explanation, though keep it simple, please!) eagerly awaited, and thanks in advance.
  • 6 replies
    • la55i
      la55i
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      First I have to ask what were the blinds. Stack sizes do not matter that much if we don't know that. If the blinds were 1/1 Player 3 shipped with 50bb but if they were 1/2 he had 25bb. A big difference.

      (Ignore the possibility of other players deciding to participate in the hand: or don't, if you wish!)
      This is something we can't ignore. When deciding what to do we should know what kind of players, how many and how big stacks are behind. We can't just call if we know there is one aggressive guy with a deep stack behind.

      To see if Player 5's call was reasonable we would have to put Player 3 on a range and then we can use equilab. But to put him on a range I think we need some info on him and how many big blinds we had.

      Big blind says that the odds were greater of pairing either his ace or his king than those of Player 3 completing his set.
      This is absolutely true. With QQ the guy had 2 outs to hit a set but with AK the guy has 6 outs. But why does this matter? QQ is ahead of A high preflop. QQ guy has to hit only if BB hits his A or K first. If I remember correctly QQ is about 55/45 favorite here.

      So basically with this information it is very difficult to answer your question.
    • coldchurch
      coldchurch
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      Joined: 20.02.2013 Posts: 281
      If it's the first time Player 3 does this, it's a bad call with AJ. If he's done it before, it's good call, AJ is way in front of Player 3's range. The fact that Player 6 wakes up with AK, is just bad luck.
    • SedAS
      SedAS
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      Joined: 12.08.2012 Posts: 1
      He should have folded unless he is rich.
    • cueclubdub
      cueclubdub
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      Shoulda folded
    • pahismail
      pahismail
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      Joined: 22.01.2013 Posts: 127
      You bluff, right? This is not happen, right? - Juha

      Then answer,

      POKER: I was call but i'll try to fold.
      MATH: Ace enough to call against smaller pair (KK to 22) three times if villain is 7 x min. shorter than you, right?
    • Botaniker
      Botaniker
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      Joined: 09.11.2010 Posts: 15
      fold