Originally Posted by shannonknowles
Just wondering if this is bad play on my behalf...
Sometimes I can read when a player is holding AJ,AQ or AK preflop by his betting pattern. In the mid tournaments when my chip stack is below average and his raise is folded to me I will either call his raise & if the flop is dry for him, raise all in to protect my hand or go all in preflop if I'm in need of a all or nothing double up. This has worked for me a few times, sometimes that river card has sucked me out lol I know the odds are roughly 50/50 I'm just not sure if its donk play or is this correct play?
My short answer: If you're thinking a player has a Big Ace and missed on the flop then you can three-bet/shove. Hopefully he folds. If he calls and you were right then you're in a great position where HE has to suck out on YOU. I'd rather get my money in at that spot any day.
When you say the raise is folded to me, do you mean that another bettor opened the action on the flop? What about pre?
You really have to consider other players in this spot. Who raised pre-flop? Was there a re-raise from the Big Ace or maybe even the other way around??
If you are calling raises and re-raises with any pair and out of position you probably have a big leak in your game.
Finally, back to my original question about where you are sitting because aside from the betting action, position makes all the difference in this situation. If there was a bet between you and the raiser, then you have to worry about this player after you act. You do not want two callers if you missed the flop with your small pair even if you might
suck out on the turn or river. You want heads up against ATC that missed.
Best case and least likely scenario is they somehow call with two undercards (straight, flush draw, smaller pair)...
Next best is one overcard, no pair followed by two overcards, no pair...
Worst case as you already know is they hit the flop in which case you get snap called by two pair and go home....