[NL2-NL10] NL25 - AA - Too Fancy?

    • FirestormX
      FirestormX
      Bronze
      Joined: 22.04.2009 Posts: 54
      I've read the SSS rules many times, and I'm very familiar with them. As someone who's played a decent number of hands I've started thinking about ways to extract more value out of my premium hands (Like AA).

      This is one example... I'm curious if people think I should just follow the rules, or whether plays like this are okay?

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      CO(Hero):
      $5.25
      BU:
      $32.70
      SB:
      $11.80
      BB:
      $13.90
      UTG2:
      $17.70
      MP1:
      $5.60
      MP2:
      $5.00
      MP3:
      $12.00

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, A.
      UTG2 raises to $0.5, 3 folds, Hero raises to $1.5, BU calls $1.50, 2 folds, UTG2 calls $1.00.

      Flop: ($4.85) 6, K, 9 (3 players)
      UTG2 bets $5.00, Hero calls $3.75(All-In), BU folds.

      Turn: ($13.60) Q (2 players)

      River: ($13.60) J (2 players)

      Final Pot: $13.60.
  • 3 replies
    • DaPhunk
      DaPhunk
      Bronze
      Joined: 01.03.2008 Posts: 2,805
      huh? I don't Understand how this hand is not following the rules.... He minbet, you 3bet to a normal size pre $1.5 the raise wasn't even a third of your stack so a direct push is not advisable and then you got it in on the flop as the likely favourite. What isn't standard about this hand?
    • FirestormX
      FirestormX
      Bronze
      Joined: 22.04.2009 Posts: 54
      Thanks... I'm re-evaluating all of the big hands I've lost. I wasn't sure if there was some... other reasoning that I missed.

      I played it that way because I thought it was correct.

      I'm currently reeling from a 20BI downswing, which also has me 44BI below EV expectation.
    • burek2000
      burek2000
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.11.2007 Posts: 3,105
      Hey FirestormX,

      as DaPhunk said, this hand is played completely "by the book".

      According to the old articles you had to reraise 3x initial raise unless you should have reraised to more than half of your stack in which case you should push, but according to new articles you have to push to every raise, but mostly due to simplify the strategy for the new players.

      So, 3x0.5$ is less than half of your stack and you should make a normal raise. On the flop, there's no other way to play. Nice hand!

      Regards,
      burek2000