Gap concept, AQ preflop
I was analyzing my play today and found I was unexpectedly bad in one of the middle positions. It turned out that the culprit was mostly getting stacked (-96BB) with AQo. Sample size is about 20,000 hands, so one good stacking was enough to move the needle when looking at details.
Anyway, I looked at the hand, and here's basically what played out. I don't still have the actual HH, this is just from the PokerTracker DB.
Villain is in EP and raises 3.5 BB. His stats look TAGish to me, something like 17/11 or so over 180 hands. At the time, I had 120 or so on him, so enough that I should have figured he wasn't a complete nut.
I have AQo, and call. The flop is something like 4QJ, giving me TPTK. Flop, turn, and river, villain pots it and I call, probably thinking something like he could have any Q and do the same. Turn and river were blanks.
Obviously, he didn't, he had JJ and I was drawing close to dead the whole time.
Lessons: Don't be a calling station. I should have either raised the guy, in which case I probably would have learned something, or folded PF. I hear about those who can't let go of TPTK, and obviously, I am sometimes one of them.
Anyway, I looked over my DB, and I had AQ around 300 times. About 30 of them I called, and over those 30 it was a losing play. I'd win more if I just folded AQ every time to a preflop raise, which made a light bulb go off. Pretty sure I've read that yes, folding AQ to a preflop raise isn't a bad idea.
Just looking for a sanity check out there. It's a little hard to see the crap people play (just watched a hand go to showdown with someone playing Q3s on the button, total miss all the way) and not feel like AQ is a decent hand, yet obviously it can be in bad shape against a tight player's early position raising range.
So what's the standard response to an EP TAG standard raise with AQo? Fold? Reraise, but get out of Dodge if they play back? I know it's a noob question, but I'd like to hear how the regs play this.