This is a discussion on When do you raise A6 unsuited preflop if ever? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; This is just an example of a Ace plus junk hand. I want to know specifically when you would raise preflop in a mtt tournament.
For me to play that hand, i would consider position, who i am raising, my table image and the effective stack(s) in play, this combined with my table image would determine the size of my bet...
It will also be important to note where you are in the tourney...if you raise, consider whether you would fold or reraise/jam if someone reraises your junk hand...
When do you raise A6 unsuited preflop if ever? This is just an example of a Ace plus junk hand. I want to know specifically when you would raise preflop in a mtt tournament.
I have studied some of Alex Fitzgerald's work. If I remember correctly he recommends a Raise First In with A6o from the Small Blind. You should look into his advice to ensure I'm correct.
I personally would consider A6o from the CO, BU, SB if the action had folded around to me. Other things such as stack size and opponents tendencies would factor into my decision. In a scenario such as this I am raising A6o looking to steal the blinds... that is my goal. I do not want to play a pot, if I don't think my effort to steal will work, I'll fold this rag hand.
I usually would never raise with this hand. Offsuit I usually muck it under any circumstances. Suited it's worth it to see a flop. But I wouldn't really raise suited or unsuited with A6. A6-A9 is usually gonna get you in trouble. Offsuit junk it. Suited see a flop for very cheap and try to see if you can get a flush draw or trips.
I recommend folding this especially in the CC tourneys...
When you are one on one with a maniac. Say, for example, the button has been raising 5 of the last 20 hands. And he takes another stab. Small blind folds and its just you and him. Here A 6 looks pretty good and you can feel comfortable with putting the pressure on him.
Why do the pushin when the donkey'll do the pull'n
Not often but there is a few cases where I would. In late position to steal blinds if on a tight table and just fold to a 3 bet. If it's a bounty tourney and there is a short stack and I want to get a chance at the knockout, but again if somebody else isolate shoves then it's a fold. Also probably raising all in in late position if I'm in the danger zone, (6-10 blinds)
A6 is almost always a strong enough hand to raise if it’s folded to you on the button or small blind. You can often raise it from slightly earlier positions as well depending on how tight your opponents are, the effective stacks, whether there is an ante in play and so on. This is a pretty hard question to give a straight answer to though because there are so many factors which go into the decision making process of whether you raise a hand or not.
This is just an example of a Ace plus junk hand. I want to know specifically when you would raise preflop in a mtt tournament.
If I’m playing cash, I’ll either open it on the button, or flat if someone has already opened. If someone has limped, I’ll 3-bet them with this hand. Again, only on the button though, and it depends how loose/ tight the table is.
If it’s in a tournament, I’ll probably open shove ace high if I’m down to 5bb.
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Thanks everyone. I especially appreciated the specific examples. Feel free to keep the thoughts coming. I should have specified I didn't mean all in. Just a small or medium raise. I already use this hand for all in if I am about to be small stacked out of a tourney. The general consensus seems to be don't raise junk and this is junk. I get it, but that is exactly why I am asking the question. Have you ever small or medium raised this hand? Like say on a final table of a mtt to steal blinds? Other examples? That's what I am getting at. Thanks again for helping me improve my play.
The answer is you need to know how the table/players are playing and have good position for the most effective play. The less people in the hand the better this type of hand will be. I would probably fold it in mid or or early position.