[NL2-NL10] NL5 SH AKs need some advices

    • rex99
      rex99
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      Joined: 20.11.2008 Posts: 4,856
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      BU(Hero):
      $5.00
      SB:
      $5.15
      BB:
      $5.14
      MP2:
      $5.52
      MP3:
      $6.72
      CO:
      $1.82

      Preflop: Hero is BU with K, A.
      MP2 raises to $0.16, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.48, 2 folds, MP2 raises to $1.28, Hero raises to $5(All-In), MP2 calls $3.72.

      Flop: ($10.06) 8, 2, 9 (2 players)

      Turn: ($10.06) Q (2 players)

      River: ($10.06) Q (2 players)

      Final Pot: $10.06.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of queens (K A)
      MP2 shows two pairs, kings and queens (K K)
      MP2 wins with two pairs, kings and queens (K K).

      without reads or stats, how do you advice me playing AK?
  • 4 replies
    • rickydaprince
      rickydaprince
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      Joined: 20.12.2008 Posts: 397
      If you can take the variance, then all in preflop is ok. If you can't then fold to 4bet.
    • maya1984
      maya1984
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      Joined: 18.12.2008 Posts: 1,741
      3bet pf% and 4bet pf% stats are very useful in these pf spots.
      Against unknown shove is fine if you don't mind the variance.
      Anther useful information that you should know is that a standard TAG's 4bet range in micro-stakes is usually AK/QQ+ which you have 40% equity against.
    • rex99
      rex99
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      Joined: 20.11.2008 Posts: 4,856
      ok, thanks,

      i would like to introduce another question:

      when do you have a hand strong enough for 3bet do you intend to 3bet/shove?

      or is more common 4bet/shove?
    • maya1984
      maya1984
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      Joined: 18.12.2008 Posts: 1,741
      I'm regrading your question to a heads up scenario.

      I would answer your question with a question of my own. Why do we 3bet?
      There are two possibilities: 1. for value 2. as a bluff.

      1.When we 3bet for value we basically do it to extract value from our hand. We also usually 3bet with the intension to get a call from our opponent.

      2.When we 3bet as a bluff with do it with the intension to win the pot pf. we don't want to get called.

      What are we getting when we 3bet/shove?
      Clearly more Fold Equity. We also narrow the range of hands which will call us. We probably getting called by the top two or three hands in our opponent 3bet calling range.

      In option 1 we are losing value because most of times our opponent will throw away is hand. We also isolating ourselves against very strong hands which might dominate our hand.

      In option 2 we will get more FE but we are risking too much money (our whole stack) to win a small pot(3-5BB)

      As you see 3bet shove is usually just bad.

      4betting/shove is more common but one can use similar reasoning why 4bet is better then 4bet/shove. 4bets are more complicated though. I can think on a situation where I might decide to 4bet/shove instead of 4bet. For example when I'm playing a loose fish OOP with AK.

      Hope this helps a bit.
      Good Luck.