AK at the micros
Hey all, this is TyrannicalRaest here, unfortunately I had some issues with my last account and ended up making a new one. I had no idea that wasn't allowed (who actually reads stuff like rules and T&C anyway?) but thanks to some help from the admins got it all sorted.
Anyway onto the subject, now that I got past the stage where I was playing like a robot and having quite a bit of runbad, I've had 2 major hands that I think my play is questionable with and just wanted to get your thoughts on how I played them and how you would play AK in general at these micro stakes.
Hero (MP3) ($5.72)
: Hero is MP3 with K
, A[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif]
UTG bets $0.08
, 2 folds
, MP2 calls $0.08, Hero calls $0.08, 2 folds
, SB calls $0.07, BB calls $0.06
: ($0.40) 4[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif], 7[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif], 3[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif] (5 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG bets $0.22
, 1 fold
, Hero calls $0.22, 2 folds
: ($0.84) 3[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif] (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $0.56
, UTG calls $0.56
: ($1.96) 5[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif] (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $4.86 (All-In)
, 1 fold
$1.96 | Rake:
UTG was 7/4 over 590 hands so I think a 3bet here is out of the question but I'm obviously not folding AKs here. Now he also had a really low went to showdown stat (13) and that is why I though I could just push him off on the turn and win that way, while still building the pot in case I hit. Is the went to showdown only relevant for river bluffing? In which case should I have checked the turn and hoped he would fire the river or is it better to just make my river bet smaller, probably 50% in this case?
And the second hand:
PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.02 BB (9 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from http://www.flopturnriver.com
Hero (Button) ($2.08)
: Hero is Button with A[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif], K[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif]
UTG bets $0.06
, 4 folds
, CO calls $0.06, Hero raises to $0.20
, 2 folds
, UTG calls $0.14, 1 fold
: ($0.49) 6[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif], 9[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif], 9[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif] (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $0.44
, UTG raises to $2.13 (All-In)
, Hero folds
$1.37 | Rake:
UTG was 12/9 over 100 hands and the fish to my left had 67/7 over 50 hands.
Normally I flat AK vs UTG raisers for the most part, but I think my best option with the fish to my left coming in was to 3bet. I know my flop bet was pretty big but I felt if it looked like I was trying to get my money in he could have folded TT, JJ and QQ, he could also have AKs which he would shove as well as 99. I think most likely he flatted with KK trying to avoid an A high board and then check shoved to try get value from me having JJ or QQ.
He was aggressive post flop in general and did have a larger than normal went to showdown stat (40) but I really don't know how applicable that stat is in this situation, with that in mind do you think he is folding enough hands here for me to bet with it being +EV?