Originally Posted by DeSelby
bgomez89, Considering my position and the form of the players on the table I didn't think raising with A9o was that bad. I still don't think that was a problem. The problem was calling a flush draw with just two pair. Plenty of times I have won good pots with just an A9o if the flop is favorable.
Here's the problem. Tournaments usually keep you shortstacked which means there's much less wiggle room for you to play these speculative hands. Why is A9o speculative?
1)You can't make straights that will likely get paid off
2) To make a flush you'd need 4 of the same suit out there and you might not get paid off
3) You have a horrible kicker
When you raise A9 and an ace comes on the flop, what are you going to do? Bet of course but this is what will end up happening a lot of the time
1)They might call 1 bet and then just fold the turn because "therez like, an ace on teh board!"
2)They will have a better ace then yours because your kicker sucks
I do agree with someone here though who said it depends on stack sizes and what the blinds are. I know that depending on the right conditions I could see myself just shoving A9o in a lot of spots.