[NL2-NL10] AK short stack AI on flop

    • cutegoldfish
      Joined: 19.11.2009 Posts: 4,335
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      BB (Hero):

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A, K.
      3 folds, SB raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $0.90, SB calls $0.60.

      Flop: ($1.8) 2, Q, 2 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.20, SB raises to $2.40, Hero raises to $9.00, SB calls $0.10.

      Turn: ($13.3) 5 (2 players)

      River: ($13.3) K (2 players)

      Final Pot: $13.3.
  • 2 replies
    • supeyrio
      Joined: 11.11.2009 Posts: 3,106
      imo, with him being such a small stack, and on a paired board, a shove on the flop would be a good option for sufficient FE.
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      You have to answer two questions:

      1/ will that guy ever fold a pair on that board?

      2/ can you see him check/shoving worse hands than AK-high?

      If you don't think he's folding any better hand (which he shouldn't really, any pair is good there with these stacks), shoving is meaningless on its own considering you have close to just a potsize bet left, you're just going to get yourself into a 25/75 spot.

      You need him to also call it off with worse hands to justify shoving in that case, which is kinda hard to imagine considering KQ/AQ beat you. He'd need to call with a worse A-high, which is possibly but certainly not common.

      However, if you think he's capable of check/shoving worse hands, then you can actually play AK-high for value and you have 6 outs most of the time when he shows you a better hand. In this case you want to make a small c-bet around half pot, which looks weak and possibly gives villain the illusion of fold equity.

      Hope it helps.