re: Poker & AK - Tough Spot
Originally Posted by Justinawe12
That's really just one of those hands that you can't do much about. Both of you had made hands, you both improved on the turn, and got it when you thought you had the best hand. He just happened to have a better hand than you did.
Agree with this however the only thing I would change is I'd re-raise his min raise on the flop, especially since you are out of position.
Calling to "see what he does" leads to a lot of check calling with your hand and a lot of guessing. I'd rather see what he does on the flop, as it gives us a lot more information, well that and we are ahead here vast majority of the time and it's always good to get lots of money in when ahead. As played we only hope he has a hand like AQ and are check calling with that hope. Also as played because we are guessing we now do things like check shove when the draw card comes. If we are gonna play for it all anyway, and we should, we'd like to do it otf. I think very rarely we lose value if he has a hand like Ax as he's unlikely to bet much more ott or otr anyway once you've called the raise. He just gets control now from position and gets to play his hand the most profitable way.
Re-raising the flop makes him define his hand more, weather that be made or a draw, because it puts even the hand he had in a much tougher position as he will now know he is solely on a draw and probably without much fold equity so he's less likely to re-raise, and if he just flats, it pretty much telegraph's his hand and we can play our hand much more profitably from there rather than check-calling/accessing w/o much info. He may very well just go all in anyway which again I think is fine for us (and we shouldnt fold)
Also, I think there's much to be read from his min raise. With you being an UTG raiser, then betting an ace high flop, I doubt he's min-raising with 22 on that flop knowing he likely could get a lot more action/aggression out of you with your range (as well I highly doubt he flatted a 5x pre raise from UTG+1 with 22), unless he thinks you're not committed and/or thinks you're an aggro and will 3 bet bluff (lol) and we can all but remove QQ. I also doubt he mins AQ as that's pretty much the same as 22. So, his hand really looks like a draw combo or Ax and by re-raising we not only make more money when ahead, but we take control of the pot and can make much better decisions on the turn and river.