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******* Hand 1 ********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t20/t40
9 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: t2160
Hero: t1940
MP1: t3150
MP2: t2680
MP3: t3710
CO: t1500
Button: t1720
SB: t1900
BB: t1240

Pre-flop: (9 players) Hero is UTG+1 with 8 :spade: 8 :heart:
UTG folds, Hero calls t40 (pot was t60), MP1 calls t40 (pot was t100), 2 folds, CO calls t40 (pot was t140), Button calls t40 (pot was t180), SB calls t20 (pot was t220), BB checks.

Flop: 4 :spade: 5 :spade: 2 :club: (t240, 6 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets t240, MP1 calls t240 (pot was t480), CO folds, Button raises all-in t1680, 2 folds, Hero?

This is a typical problem hand for a lot of players. We limp preflop with a mediocre pocket pair and have an overpair in a multiway pot on the flop. I think betting is unwise in this case since far too many hands will call us. We’ll be called by draws both flush and straight right up to gutshots. Therefore, I would check the flop and see what the action is like behind us. In most cases this would be check/fold, or else we play on purely on set value.

******* Hand 2 ********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t20/t40
10 players

Stack sizes:
Hero: t2200
UTG+1: t2720
UTG+2: t1310
MP1: t1940
MP2: t1940
MP3: t2040
CO: t1760
Button: t1930
SB: t2160
BB: t2000

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is UTG with Q:diamond: Q:spade:
[color:#cc0000]Hero raises to t120[/color], UTG+1 folds, UTG+2 calls t120 [color:aaaaaa](pot was t180)[/color], 3 folds, [color:#cc0000]CO raises to t280[/color], 3 folds, Hero calls t160 [color:aaaaaa](pot was t580)[/color], [color:#cc0000]UTG+2 raises all-in t1190[/color], CO calls t1030 [color:aaaaaa](pot was t1810)[/color], Hero folds.

Pocket queens is not a bad starting hand if we consider which hands we reraise in the early phase. This consists of the following range: KK, AA. Here we would call a raise before us (AKo, AKs, and some pocket pairs). After the raise behind us and an all-in, we have an easy fold since we are beaten by all hands that would do this.

******* Hand 3 ********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t30/t60
10 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: t3110
UTG+1: t2200
UTG+2: t2010
MP1: t3190
MP2: t7620
MP3: t8870
CO: t2660
Hero: t880
SB: t1910
BB: t14630

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is Button with Q:diamond: Q:club:
2 folds, [color:#cc0000]UTG+2 raises to t300[/color], 4 folds, Hero calls t300 [color:aaaaaa](pot was t390)[/color], SB folds, [color:#cc0000]BB raises to t2040[/color], [color:#cc0000]UTG+2 calls all-in t1710[/color], [color:#cc0000]Hero calls all-in t580[/color].
Uncalled bets: t30 returned to BB.

This hand is different from the previous one. A direct push pre-flop would have been correct here, since we’d have to commit half our stack anyway to a call. But in this way, too, we cannot escape this hand even after the all-in and the call. Our odds are simply too good to fold this hand. But as was mentioned above, a direct push pre-flop would have been the correct play.