Pocket Tens vs Over Cards Pre-Flop
(- edit - woops shoulda posted this in poker strat forum. my bad feel free to move mods thkx)
This has really been bugging the crap out of me over the past couple days. Nearing the end of either a SNG or MTT I have been getting pocket tens on bodog in late position with an early position raise (usually 3-4.5x the bb raises). It is folded around to me.
Now here is my dilemma. The blinds by this point are usually pretty big. 100/200 or 200/400 with antes, so blind steals are essential for stack survival. So big raises pre-flop are fairly un-respected.
What would you do in this scenario.
My current response, which has felted me 6 times over the past 4 days so something must be wrong, is to push on the raiser and take control of the hand. If the early position raiser was stealing I take him off right away. If he has 2 over cards he must feel very vulnerable to a pocket pair, which is exactly what I have, and if he actually has KK or AA, well... thats poker.
However, each time I've made this decision the player takes his sweet time thinking then calls. This has happened exactly the same way 6 times in a row against 6 different players. What shows up? Ace, Queen off suit each time.
Coin flip right? I still should be in decent shape. But getting felted 6 times in a row burns against over pairs.
What am I doing wrong here? Should I just call pre-flop raises and hope to hit a 2 outer (this doesn't make sense to me)? Fold my tens? Only re-raise? Bah...
Help would be appreciated.