Re: check or raise on the AK -> I guess I prefer raise because I'd rather play AKo from OOP against one opponent and with a smaller SPR than OOP against 3 w/large SPR, even if I felt I was much better than all 3 potential villains post-flop. Especially considering AKo is going to be a solid favorite here most of the time pre-flop.
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UTG+1: t4205 M = 1.83
MP1: t3590 M = 1.56
MP2: t17722 M = 7.71
CO: t41538 M = 18.06
Hero (BTN): t15565 M = 6.77
SB: t3266 M = 1.42
BB: t2890 M = 1.26
UTG: t9793 M = 4.26
Pre Flop: (t2300) Hero is BTN with 9[image: http://static.deucescracked.com/images/club.gif] 9[image: http://static.deucescracked.com/images/diamond.gif]
2 folds, MP1 raises to t3490 all in, 1 fold, CO raises to t5980, Hero ???
I believe this is just in the money for a $12/180. I think 16 or 17 players left. CO villain has been very active but the only other 3-bet I'd seen was when he had QQ. That being said, I assume his range for making this move is a reasonable amount wider than a tight QQ+/AK type thing.
I had also 3-bet over his steals on more than one occasion and he'd laid the hand down, so he wasn't committed to calling from just making a standard raise.
In addition to this villain the table had been somewhat aggressive, but not so much that I didn't have steal spots.