Originally Posted by BluDogg
Ok, so I'm trying to post hands I think I played poorly in order to learn better, as I think learning to kill off poor plays that I win is more informative than finding losses which I played well.
Heh, I post the same way.
It's a nice change from all the beat hands where it's obvious that OP is having doubts only because he lost.
Preflop: the 4-bet should probably be max 27 BB, but with a hand like AK, it's probably best to keep it at 23.5 BB (x2.5 instead of x3), especially vs an unknown where you still have more leeway with your bet sizing.
I'd be fine with flatting the 3-bet too.
As played, once he raises your c-bet, you have to call.
Just check/folding the flop is probably better, though.
But with a strong hand like AK, this is all going to be very close EV-wise. You're not losing all that much playing it like you did here, imo. It's just high-variance.
Originally Posted by Metsdude396
This honestly seems fine to me. Maybe JReece is right that there might be better opportunities but this is at least a break-even play. 4betting AKo OOP vs. a BTN 3b can't be bad. You'll take down the pot often and when you don't you're probably flipping postflop.
If BTN is a solid player, then his 3-betting range is a lot tighter than it usually is, because he's 3-betting an UTG open-raise.
If we were in the CO and he 3-bets us, then sure, he's probably 3-betting light. Not so vs an UTG raise.
Granted, he's an unknown, but I tend to give unknowns credit, especially since 20/20/0 after 10 hands seems solid.
Also, AK vs QQ+/AK is deemed a coinflip, but we're actually a 60-40 dog here. And what do we do if he 5-bet shoves?