This is a discussion on KQo out of position within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; So I was watching someone play recently, and multiple times I saw them raise in EP with KQo. They weren't short stacked, so they weren't
It's very difficult to give an opinion without having more information.
- How many players were at the table ?
- How were the other players playing ?
- What stakes ?
- How far into the tournament was it ?
- What were the stack sizes ?
There could definitely be a good reason for doing this. Perhaps the other players were playing too tight. Perhaps it was a short handed game. Perhaps this player was experimenting to see how long he/she could be successful with such a move. In general, I'm not opening UTG with KQo in a 9+ handed game. AQo is probably the worst hand I'm raising with. In the SB, I can see raising with KQo if there weren't any raises ahead of me. Why not ? If the button is limping, then you are looking to steal 2BB instead of 1.5BB.
In 6-max or shorter it is an open with KQo even in EP.
In full ring it is often a fold UTG read-less. KQs is enough to include. But after thatt some charts starts to put it in.
It all depends on the table: stacks and player types (reads). If they fold a lot pre-flop, on the flop or later you can open up the aggression/range.
But it is certainly a marginal hand from early position so if you fold it most of the time you won't lose any money. It is more for image and board cover if you include it so you won't look like a total nit. Against unknown players just fold it until you get to 5 or 6 players left most of the time.
KQ off or suited isn't that strong from Ep at all, if you get called your battleing with a hand that NEEDS to hit a flop to continue. At least with AK your sometimes good aafter a flop, with KQ its more of a hand that needs to hit to be good. If you don't hit with the hand it is very hard to play. Raising this hand in EP is not a mistake but you should be very careful playing the hand especially if you don't hit, then it's kind of a worthless hand.
Personally I will raise i at time depending on the table and where we are in the tournament. Early on I hate it and fold more often than not as KQo is a very borderline hand in EP. I do see a lot of other play this type of hand in EP all the time and admit they dont do so well with it in the long run.
To use these types of "raise with KQo in EP" strategies, you must have a good reading of your opponents at the table ... and if the opponents are very passive and do not look like solid players ... then it seems fine Take the initiative and have complete control of the table ...!
I dont like to raise EP with KQo, but when I know something about table I try,
I think that poker is not a game of cards and is a game of players.
If you know something about others players, maybe you can make some moves and they will work.