This is a discussion on $200 NLHE Full Ring: Playing AKo from the SB within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; Hi folks. I'd love input as to whether I played this alright and just got bit by variance or whether you think I could have
Hi folks. I'd love input as to whether I played this alright and just got bit by variance or whether you think I could have or should have done something differently.
I was in the SB with $167 at a $1/$2 table. After about 6 orbits, I'd say my reputation was relatively tight but passive (in the pot a couple times per orbit and maybe raising once per orbit, rarely 3-betting). The hijack limps, the button raises to $6 (I'd say he's fairly loose aggressive since he's been in the pot in about half of the hands and raises every other time and generally did his raises from the button or the cutoff). The button had about the same stack size as I did.
I raised to $18 with AhKd. The BB and the limper folded but the Button called.
Flop came 9h As Ks. I bet $25 into a $40 pot. The button called.
Turn Jh. I bet $60 into the $90 pot. The button called.
River Th. I shoved my remaining little $64 into the now bloated $210 pot and he called and turned over AdQh.
So, I'm wondering how/if I could have played this better. I recognize that this particular player may not have let loose his top pair at any cost and the outcome would have been the same but I want to play it optimally against other players. And I recognize he got lucky catching one of his 4 outs on the river and I'm pretty sure that even if my bet sizing was poor, he didn't have the odds to call. But what I'm feeling is that my bet sizing was bad, particularly on the turn. I'm wondering if I should have just shoved my remaining $124 in stead of leaving myself a weak 1/3 pot bet left behind.
I ran what I figured his 3bet calling range would be into Flopzilla and think I was a huge equity favorite (I'm still new to using the software tho so if someone else with expertise could run it off of the info I've given, I'd appreciate it). I figured by the turn I was only beat by QsTs and that he would be drawing with other suited connectors from about QsJs - 9s8s.
Any help is appreciated. Still trying to learn how to play big hands on tricky boards. Thx!
8th January 2017, 4:45 AM
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raise $24 pre cuz we in a bad spot.
then raise 45 flop, and shove turn
flop pot my way $52
turn pot size $142... so yeh shoving $120ish is perfect
make them pay to beat u. and charge them ... if they already have you beat well then its a cooler... getting to river means we played the hand incorrectly somewhere
8th January 2017, 5:07 PM
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Game: HORSE PLO8
8th January 2017, 6:04 PM
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re: Poker & $200 NLHE Full Ring: Playing AKo from the SB
3b bigger pre. I go $25 minimum. I probably cut it to $30.
If we get 1c, I bet flop 45, and jam the turn.
11th January 2017, 11:47 PM
As the previous reply's have stated, a larger pre-flop bet could have been made. Facing a raise pre-flop and knowing we will be out of position afterwards makes this necessary.
With the larger bet size pre-flop, our flop bet if we elected to continue would be large enough to get it all in on the turn.
Alternatively I don't think checking the flop is a bad idea in this situation.
Facing an aggressive player that has been intent on taking blinds would indicate he would be willing to represent the A even if he didn't have it on the flop if we had checked, perhaps thinking our holdings were JJ or QQ. This is based on the fact that we are perceived as tight but passive.
This then allows us to jam it all in on the flop with a check-raise.
As you stated before, this player may never fold in this situation, however I personally would have taken a check-allin line considering the action.