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[NL2-NL10] NL10 A9o

    • Zyklox
      Joined: 26.03.2009 Posts: 63
      PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.10 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

      MP1 ($8)
      MP2 ($15.30)
      Hero (CO) ($8.90)
      Button ($10.70)
      SB ($2.40)
      BB ($2)
      UTG ($10.60)
      UTG+1 ($1.85)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, 9
      3 folds, MP2 calls $0.10, Hero calls $0.10, 1 fold, SB calls $0.05, BB checks

      Flop: ($0.40) A, 5, 2 (4 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, MP2 bets $0.30, Hero raises to $0.60, 2 folds, MP2 calls $0.30

      Turn: ($1.60) 4 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $0.30, MP2 calls $0.30

      River: ($2.20) 7 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero checks

      Total pot: $2.20 | Rake: $0.10

      MP2 had 10, 6 (high card, Ace).
      Hero had A, 9 (one pair, Aces).
      Outcome: Hero won $2.10

      Wanted a cheap showdown, was unsure if he had me beat, but it didnt seem like he had anything, but he probably would have folded to a bet anyways.

      Did i play this right?
  • 2 replies
    • purpleshoes21
      Joined: 23.04.2008 Posts: 100
      I do not think this is a good spot for a limp-in.
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      If MP2 is bad enough raise it up preflop to take the initiative, else just fold it. A9o can't really flop anything good, unless you luckbox your way to a 99x or A9x flop, it's not strong enough to play multiway without initiative.

      And you get to see why with the postflop action in this hand. You flop a top pair, which may or may not be good given your middling kicker, and the board is somewhat drawy with 3 opponents. With AK you would protect, with A6 you wouldn't, what now with A9? Is it strong enough to warrant building a huge pot for the sake of protection? I'd say no.
      I would just call the flop bet and try to check it down now that i'm in that situation.

      Hope it helps.