This is a discussion on $5 NLHE 6-max: 5nl 6 max Should I have called with Ace/8 here within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; see replayer below. would love to hear how others would have played it. I think I made the right call.
Thank you Bull!
After some self evaluation prior to reading your much appreciated feedback, I agree with you. My thinking was that his range was very wide but nonetheless A/8 falls into the negative EV category
re: Poker & $5 NLHE 6-max: 5nl 6 max Should I have called with Ace/8 here
You should have folded, when the action first got to you. UTG at 6-max you need at least AT to enter the pot, unless its suited, and even AT is very marginal. Some players prefer to only open AJ or better. Since your hand was to weak to even enter the pot, its pretty obvious, that you should also not call a 3-bet. I would say, you generally need at least AQ to call it off, unless you have some read on Villain, that he is an absolute maniac.
How much equity do you have against his range? Around 35% against his shoving range but that's including the bottom of his range 99-55 KQs QJs. Against the top of his range this drops to around 25% in this instance he was at the bottom but still ahead of you
I think it's a definite fold here unless you have history of him shoving a lot worse. even KQ QJ have good equity against you here always a fold and definitely -EV
I get he has 25 BBs so he can be shoving light, but to go from .14 to 1.43. That's a huge raise! You can easily give up the .14
I mean sure he can have KQs, JTs, 98s, but you can also be a 3:1 dog vs a bigger Ace. Or maybe a pocket pair above 88 has you at 30% except vs AA. It's not worth it man. 0.14 is not something to dwell on. Easy fold for me.
Opening that hand was bad. Shoving worse. You should remove all of that from your game. A8 off is a garbage hand from any position. It's only value is in the A blocker, and that ace can cost you a lot of money over time.
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