Suited aces on early stages, MP

    • vlzvl
      vlzvl
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      Joined: 17.03.2014 Posts: 156
      PokerStars $0.23+$0.02 - NLHE Tournament (SNG, 45-man, regular) - 10/20/3 Blinds - 9 players

      UTG: 2411 (121 bb)
      UTG+1: 1488 (74 bb)
      Hero (MP): 1995 (100 bb)
      MP+1: 2326 (116 bb), (4) VP:50 PFR:0 AF:0.3 3B:0 AS:0 FS:0 CB:0 FC:0 WS:100 W$:50
      HJ: 592 (30 bb), (4) VP:25 PFR:25 AF:2.0 3B:50 AS:0 FS:0 CB:100 FC:0 WS:0 W$:0
      CO: 1408 (70 bb), (4) VP:60 PFR:0 AF:0.0 3B:0 AS:0 FS:0 CB:0 FC:0 WS:0 W$:0
      BTN: 1458 (73 bb)
      SB: 1388 (69 bb), (4) VP:25 PFR:25 AF:0.0 3B:0 AS:0 FS:0 CB:0 FC:0 WS:0 W$:0
      BB: 434 (22 bb), (4) VP:50 PFR:0 AF:3.0 3B:0 AS:0 FS:0 CB:0 FC:0 WS:50 W$:0

      Preflop: (57) Hero is MP with A :heart: 4 :heart:
      2 folds, Hero ???

      It may seem a ridiculous hand at first sight but i never found a solid strategy with suited aces from MP on early stages. I finally learned to fold them when EP but on MP i don't exactly know how to play them. Until recently i used just to open-limp them but opponents tend to attack early stages open-limps.

      So i decided to open-raise them x2.5bb from MP from now on, along with a bunch of other speculative hands for deception and minimize re-raising. However, i was wondering if that's an overkill for my stack and i should just fold these hands even from MP and just play them LP/SB and wait for some real blinds?

      Obviously open-raising is better than open-limping at the very least and more deceptive :f_cool:
      How would you play in the above hand? thanx
  • 2 replies
    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
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      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 34,100
      This is a random 25c 45 man and I would just play tight with a lot of fishy player behind you, because A4s will be easily dominated and then we need a straight or flush to continue and it’s likely you will end up multi way a lot of the time here. I would just fold here and play like ATs+ AJo+ KQs and 66+ from MP here.

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • vlzvl
      vlzvl
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      Joined: 17.03.2014 Posts: 156
      Thanx, much appreciated