Re-raised all in

Jackrabbit

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Hoping someone could help me out with my first post. This type of betting has happened a couple times lately.

I have something like A 9, everyone has folded so when the flop comes it's heads up. I flop a pair of aces, a couple small bets later the turn card comes and now I have a pair of aces and an ace high four flush to boot.

I know for sure my aces are good.

So we're on the turn I check my aces, he bets and I raise. He then re-raises going all in.

The blinds are small and so the pot isn't too large, maybe 800 after my check raise. His re-raise is for like, 3500 or something huge. I call. He wins, hitting trip 8's on the river.

A bad beat me thinks. my question is, was his massive bet wrong or was my calling wrong. I think his bet was silly due to a misread and I had to call but this has happened a couple times and I'm doubting my actions.

I realise this post is maybe a bit vague, hope you'll forgive as it's my first one.

cheers
 
KyleJRM

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How did you know for sure that your top pair, weak kicker was good?
 
Jackrabbit

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Good question,

No other reason than the cards he had been showing down previously led me to believe my Ace's were good.

I guess with that in mind he could have had 2 pair or hit a flush himself on the turn but that just brings me back to my question. If I'm sure my aces are good was my calling or his betting wrong?
 
KyleJRM

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Don't "know" that he doesn't have the ace. He could very well have the ace. The ace is within his range, so to speak. You may think there is a 1% chance, a 15% chance or a 30% chance that he has a better ace, but don't try to read his exact hand. Think in terms of ranges.

You had four to an ace-flush plus TPWK with one card to go. By check-raising on that board you are saying "I have a made flush or something pretty good, such as TPTK, set or two-pair." You are semi-bluffing, representing a better hand than you actually have, but with something not completely worthless that draws to a made hand.

Your opponent decides that you are naked bluffing and reraises all-in with an even worse hand, which was a bad move on his part. You are essentially pot-commited with your semi-bluff now, so you have to call. The call was a good move, but you need to ask yourself some tough questions:

1) Do you feel comfortable check-raising against that opponent with top pair, weak-kicker plus ace-flush draw on that board? What are you trying to accomplish: fold him out or sucker him into getting pot committed himself? Is leading out a better option?

2) What are the chances he has a better hand than you? The made flush, better ace, two-pair, set? They are higher than zero, but how high?

3) How did you end up playing a pot out of position with A9? Depending on the tournament structure, the opponents and your table image, there is a good chance you want to avoid that.

4) How small were the bets on the flop (before the turn card), and what were you trying to accomplish with them?


Otherwise, sorry for your tough luck loss on the hand :)
 
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