[NL2-NL10] NL25: AJo in BB facing a button raise and a call

    • Yuris125
      Yuris125
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.03.2009 Posts: 319
      Hi,

      This hand was played on FTP a couple of days ago

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      MP1:
      $13.88
      MP2:
      $26.24
      MP3:
      $43.41
      CO:
      $5.52
      BU:
      $10.14
      SB:
      $26.53
      BB(Hero):
      $4.75
      UTG1:
      $23.46
      UTG2:
      $29.00

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J, A.
      6 folds, BU raises to $0.75, SB calls $0.65, Hero calls $0.50.

      Flop: ($2.25) 7, A, A (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.25, BU raises to $2.5, SB folds, Hero raises to $4(All-In), BU calls $1.50.

      Turn: ($10.25) 2 (2 players)

      River: ($10.25) 4 (2 players)

      Final Pot: $10.25.

      Results follow (highlight to see):

      BU shows a pair of aces (Kh Qc)
      Hero shows three of a kind, aces (Jd Ah)
      Hero wins with three of a kind, aces (Jd Ah).


      The question I have here is about the cold call preflop. There was no solid information about the button raiser, but generally on NL25 on FTP button steal-raise is rather common. I did not want to fold AJ facing a button raise, but somehow I didn't think the hand was strong enough to move all-in preflop, especially with a call from SB. So I decided to risk 2 more big blinds and evaluate the hand on the flop. Obviously, with this flop the decision was easy. However, what do you think of the play in general, is cold call an option here, or should I always push (or fold) in this situation?
  • 5 replies
    • burek2000
      burek2000
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.11.2007 Posts: 3,105
      Welcome to the forum.

      SSS is all about pushing or folding. Well, since BU is most probably stealing you can resteal against unknown with AJ+/88+ and SB's call you can simply treat as dead money which makes your resteal even more profitable. And we always resteal by pushing preflop, so push it is.

      If you however still don't feel comfortable implementing steals and resteals in your game it's never a mistake to stick to basic strategy and fold AJ to a raise.
    • dandycal
      dandycal
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.10.2008 Posts: 1,711
      + 1 push preflop.

      Sb's call makes it even easier because dead money improves your pot-odds.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello,

      I am also pushing preflop.

      Best regards,
      Rensu
    • Yuris125
      Yuris125
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.03.2009 Posts: 319
      Thanks all! Pity my play was not perfect, but glad I had doubts about it
    • Gerv
      Gerv
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.05.2008 Posts: 17,678
      Hi Yuris,

      As said before you can shove preflop as a resteal (silver content+) with AJ+,88+

      But it is nowhere bad to just fold this one and focus on the basic strategy first and from there expand your toolbox!

      Best regards,
      Gerv