re: Poker & Am I the donk, or is it the other player?
Originally Posted by MakeUcryalot
Honestly you should have gone all in from the start. Pre-flop pocket aces have about 80% equity so after the raise you should have gone all in. AA is a strong hand and the worst way to play it is to allow the flop turn and river to be shown, you want to protect your hand. AA will win more than it will lose in the long run if it's heads up so you shouldn't be afraid of going all in. To put it in perspective, he would have never gone all in if he knew you had AA with KJ. You have to protect you AA from getting called. You also should have folded on the flop immediately.
This is really bad advice.
BTN has 42.5 BBs behind, why would hero want to shove 42.5 + BBs into a 4.5 BB pot with AA? We don't know what the stacks are, but we can at least figure out effective stacks between the hero vs BTN.
Also, the whole "raise to protect your AA" is such a stupid saying. Protect them from what? From your opponent entering a pot? It's the best hand you can have preflop, you aren't raising to protect them, you're raising to extract value and isolate your opponents. If your opponent has KJ, you want them to come into the pot with you, not scare them off with your over shove. That's silly.
Yes, AA wins more than any other hand, but how much value do you expect to get just over shoving with AA and picking up blinds and small raises preflop? Even if you did this 10K times and picked up just blinds 100% of the time, you still wouldn't extract the same amount of value if you had raised PF and let opponents see a flop. Out of 10K times, you win 8K/lose 2K, but that 80% win will net more money overall than just forcing your opponent to fold and you picking up 1.5 BBs each time.
For OP. Just check down to river, then maybe call a small river bet. Your flop is never going to get a K to fold there and it's unlikely you'll get called by any worse hands. With ~38 BBs in the pot and that board, I'm looking for a cheap showdown. A King is definitely in your opponents range, but they could have hands like 22-88 for smaller boats that you'll win at showdown.