Battle of the Blinds Question
I would like to inquire about a very classic situation, one that I am sure every player on here as encountered hundreds of times below.
Hero is in the SB w/ any two cards and about 3/4 average stack, but still 25 BBs. Villain in BB is new to table, 0 reads except that they are about 1.5x average stack halfway into the tournament (I was going to ask for different responses based on hero/villain stack sizes, but I wanted to know this particular situation).
Hero raises it up small after everyone folds to SB. Anywhere from 2x to 3x, whatever your standard raise is here. BB makes it 7-9 BB to go.
Immediately, my thoughts are he's just being aggressive and trying for a steal. Very classic move for any level of poker player to attempt. My question is, what is your range for villain here? You have no reads, but you can likely assume he's not doing this with something like 2/7os. I see most players calling with hands like 89s, 109s in this situation, so I think to re-pop the general hands are going to be 88+ and 10Js+. Unless of course, you know they are a particularly aggressive player or tilting, in which case almost anything is possible. In those situations, I like to assume they have something suited, possibly connectors, obviously up for recalculation based on later moves.
Then, once the reraise has been made, what hands are in your range to call, and what to raise? Calling out of position when you only have about 60-70% of your chips left seems kind of iffy, but I think I would do it with 10Js-KQos. Any pair 66 and above (folding 22, 33, 44, 55 because I could see them repopping with A2-5suited) plus KQs+ I am pushing with.
Then, what if you repush and he INSTACALLS? What is your range for BB now? JJ+ and AQs+?
I ask this because I had AKos in a situation very similar to this, pushed (which I believe was the right move), BB insta called with KQs and spiked Q on the flop. No big deal really, just trying to garner some info on what you think he COULD have had.