Originally Posted by ShortStack01
Raise pre-flop to 300, fold to 3 bet, why stack off on a coin flip if you're not SSed? If BB calls pre-flop, bet 3/4 pot on flop. If called, check and get ready to let it go on the turn unless you hit a set. If 3 bet on flop, fold and look for a better spot to get your money in.
Sorry, but this is a terrible line. He is short, he has 15bbs. Calling 3bbs then betting 4.5 (3/4 pot) on the flop puts in 7.5bbs, exactly half of the starting stack. Putting in half of your stack with the intent of shutting down and folding is almost never a good play.
Shove it pre. Maybe you could raise to 4bbs pre and shove the flop (Q32 is a pretty good flop for 88), but that often leads to a tough decision from OOP, so shoving pre is better. Most of the time you will pick up the blinds (which are at 10% of starting stack are worth picking up), and BB will only have a higher pair 2.7% of the time, and you are at least slightly ahead of anything else he will turn over.
Let's assume BB only calls with 99+, AT+, KT+, QT+ and JT. 88 has 47.25% equity against this range. The remaining 85.2% of the time you pick up the blinds. EV of a shove pre is +1.156bbs. If BB will call other hands, like pairs under 88 or ace-rag, EV rises. If he will only call with higher pairs, AA-99, your equity actually rises, to +1.205bbs.
Obviously, ICM considerations will change things.