re: Poker & pl100, AK vs limp-small raise
Originally Posted by zachvac
From $1 though, so a minraise is to $6. But a smallish raise also may mean "I have AA and don't want him to fold".
So yeah, part of me is just playing the Devil's Advocate in this situation, and arguing for the non-standard line. But if any situation calls for a 4-bet preflop with AK, wouldn't it be this one? All the factors that suggest we 4-bet this are there:
1) A regular TAG opponent who will really consider that us 4-betting shows a ton of strength, and who can possibly fold.
2) We have an aggressive, limp-punishing table image.
3) Our opponent looks like he has picked up on our image, and is responding by limp/re-raising.
4) We're out of position, and it will be hard to bet into him on flops we don't hit, which happens less frequently than when we miss.
The only other thing missing would be deeper stacks for both us & opponent so that we could get away from a 4-bet pot if we need to. And a limp/re-raise looks a lot like a check/raise. To me, it looks like he wants to end the hand. If he thought we were holding something weak, wouldn't he just call, and try to get more out of us on the flop with a monster like AA?
Sure, check/folding saves us big money when we lose, but how much of villain's range is he limp-raising with? And how much of it would he fold if we came over the top? I think its a pretty significant portion. Again, this is all read dependent, but if I had good notes on a player that he has the ability to pull bluffs like this, or I had raised his limps on several occasions, I would consider that enough of a read to pop him here for some more $ preflop.