All in KK preflop. To be or not to be?

    • Gabinr1
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      From the beginning I thought that always going all in preflop for 100BB was a bad idea. You most of the time see AA. [I'm talking about FR only here, don't know about SH]

      I did think that it was a bad idea, but did it anyway because it's recommended by everybody. Well, now I have proof (at least for me) that the statement "always go all in preflop with KK for 100BB" is wrong.

      Here is a graph, where I filtered to show only KK and only when I was all in preflop: (total sample size more than 500K hands)




      I'm curios to see if it's only my case or more of you have the same results. Post graphs.


      Cheers and Good Luck! :heart:
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    • harleytopper
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      I play mainly NL SH .10 - .25.

      On lower limits against nits you won't see something else preflop (100BB pots) than KK+ (QQ rarely).

      I guess from NL50 game gets more agressive, so it is more profitable (at least break even) to push KK.
    • drdrab
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      Well the problem with KK preflop is not that AA will bust it but that the possibility of Ax busting it as well as some suckouts, so there are a lot of combinations which will beat it.

      100BB is not called for, if I get reraised, so long as it's just me and villain in the pot I see no need for an all in because likelihood is he has strong holdings. If no ace comes on the flop then you push, if you get caught out by AA then so be it but at the stage most Ax will fold or foolishly call giving you the pot about 9/10 times.

      It is frustrating though when you sit for ages, KK comes along and it gets busted, but a raise/call strategy is good preflop i think because chances are you're ahead.

      Your reads on opponents are pretty vital in these situations too. Obviously a tight player is going to raise more alarms so you play cautiously etc and against the looser players getting it all in pre-flop is less of a risk.
    • ZeMammuth
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      Going all in with KK preflop is deff + EV, it's only not when you do it against complete nits, so really it's down to your observation skills. If someone has 5 vpip and he shows major resistance there is a good possibility that he has aces...However queens, kings and ak will prob be played the same way...So it's like 3 v 1 so 2 out of 3 times you should win really, but since any ace has 30 percent equity we can say kings should win in the long run around 60 percent of the time when you have major resistance.

      What stakes do you play? Because that graph is indeed weird. I also noticed on pokerstars that my kings always used to get sucked out over a large sample size, are you playing on pokerstars also? lol I used to lose with kings more than I won for some reason funny enough.


      I lost 3 times in late stages of sunday million with kk v a-3, jt - and the worse one 5-3 which got me smashing things.
    • Putka66
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      Well i play SH play this week FR only at rush tables. And so far when i went preflop AI with KK there was 7 times against AA 2 times against AK and once against KK and QQ so obviously on average i was underdog :(
    • NightFrostaSS
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      Reminded me of BBV classics:

    • NightFrostaSS
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      And fwiw, if that's rush FR then folding KK pf seems quite standard.
    • Gabinr1
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      Going all in with KK preflop is deff + EV,
      My graph says otherwise.

      And about bad beats, that's why I posted the AI EV... even if I would have had the green line with the red (of EV) I would still be -12BI, that's a lot.


      Don't try to explain "why and how" to much. Post your graph, then make some comments.


      PS: Post graphs. The winnings line doesn't lie :)
    • mishkagg
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      Yeah, I've to agree with the OP. I am playing NL25 Rush and I am pushing KK to the limits and most of the time I am up vs AA. Rarely will I see QQ/AK. Sometimes even JJ in a blind battle. And there are some retards like yesterday I raised KK from CO, BU folds, SB pushes AI for 60 bb stack, the BB overpushes for 65 bb stack and I called. Was up vs AQs SB and JJ BB. So I guess it should be +ev on my limit.
      Have to see graphs of KK but my sample is low, like 40k.
    • NightFrostaSS
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      My little contribution to the thread:
    • wowadvisor
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      can anybody tell me how to filter all in with KK preflop? im really curious to see because i know for a fact im losing money on this as well..

      when i created a thread explaining this i got flamed that im a bad player and going all in with KK preflop is ALWAYS +ev no matter what etc

      what filter do i turn on in HEM?
    • NightFrostaSS
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      Originally posted by wowadvisor
      can anybody tell me how to filter all in with KK preflop? im really curious to see because i know for a fact im losing money on this as well..

      when i created a thread explaining this i got flamed that im a bad player and going all in with KK preflop is ALWAYS +ev no matter what etc

      what filter do i turn on in HEM?
      Filter>Edit>>Hole cards(HE) - click "deselect all cards" and select KK only then go to >> "More filters" find a preflop filter "All in preflop = true" select it and click "add this filter", click "save and close" and you should have ur graph
    • Tampaloeres81
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      Here is mine:


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      Are you're own PFR 3bet 4bet stats tight? That could be a reason why vilains folds most hands but AA vs you.

      T.
    • roswellx
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      135 hands are nothing. Total 500k means nothing in this situation. get 30k - 50k, KK hands preflop then we'll see ;)
    • ZeMammuth
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      The facts don't lie, in rush poker at your limit going all in preflop = -EV, however you should find out at the different limits. Because each limit is diff of course
    • strosdegoz
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      I have 200,000k hands from which 1,000 are KK and only 170 or so All in pre flop, here is the graph.

      This is mostly nl10 plus some nl25 and a few nl2.

    • wowadvisor
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      fulltilt


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      ........... not 4betting it again.. i will call it from now on

      by the way.. how do you post images that are not stretching out the forum like my images??
    • NightFrostaSS
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      Originally posted by wowadvisor
      ........... not 4betting it again.. i will call it from now on
      or just learn to identify players/situations where it's profitable to get it in preflop. Like for example BvB you'll def show more profit getting in pf w KK than if you were to get it in against TAGgy UTG opener etc.

      by the way.. how do you post images that are not stretching out the forum like my images??
      there is option to resize image when uploading to imageshack
    • Bierbaer
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      Originally posted by Gabinr1
      From the beginning I thought that always going all in preflop for 100BB was a bad idea. You most of the time see AA. [I'm talking about FR only here, don't know about SH]

      I did think that it was a bad idea, but did it anyway because it's recommended by everybody. Well, now I have proof (at least for me) that the statement "always go all in preflop with KK for 100BB" is wrong.

      Here is a graph, where I filtered to show only KK and only when I was all in preflop: (total sample size more than 500K hands)

      I'm curios to see if it's only my case or more of you have the same results. Post graphs.


      Cheers and Good Luck! :heart:
      You have to add the non-SD-winnings of the hands in which you 4bet and the opponent folded and the hands in which you shoved over a 4bet and the opponent folded.
    • Anssi
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      Originally posted by Bierbaer
      You have to add the non-SD-winnings of the hands in which you 4bet and the opponent folded and the hands in which you shoved over a 4bet and the opponent folded.
      I was just about to say the same thing. I'm pretty sure suddenly your KK is hugely profitable.
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