This is a discussion on Do you play A5 offsuit in the cutoff on a 6 handed table within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; I would never play it on a 9 or 10 handed table but I知 trying to figure if I should on a 6 handed table.
I would never play it on a 9 or 10 handed table but I知 trying to figure if I should on a 6 handed table.
Thank you for posting.
Are we talking about first in?
If so yes most Ax are strong preflop hands in 6 max games our V are going to be calling with a wider range So we win with high card Ace often.
Of course we have to play well post flop.
A5 first in CO 9 handed is also playable if the player on the BTN is passive or weak or Tight AGG.
I know you are thinking tight AGG will raise me a lot but we need not worry about folding to a player with a tight range because they are not wide enough to be playing hands were we are folding strong equity when holding A5 off
A5 off is also a very good ISO 3 bet hand versus a straight forward player opening a wider range preflop in EP when in CO 9 handed. It is a great range balancer that we seldom stack off with post flop.
Just one point about the above suggestions.
What stake level you are playing matters. If you are playing No-Foldem Holdem our V do not fold pairs post flop so our steal equity drops with this hand. So post flop we would reduce our steal attempts as low stakes players fold any pair 50% less often than mid-stakes players do. Versus low stakes we raise A5 off and then over bet value our hands instead of stealing. We still steal pots but only the most obvious they will fold runout type of situations.
First of all if we are talking about raising first in, then it does not matter, how many people are on the table. It only matter, how many are left to act behind you. So a CO opening range on a 9-handed table should be exactly the same as a CO opening range on a 6-handed table, since in both cases there are 3 people left to act, who could each wake up with a hand better than yours.
And I will say, that A5o should normally be opened from CO, but it is also near the bottom of our range. Therefore there can be some situations, where its reasonable to not open it. This could include aggressive 3-betters behind or a BTN, who loves to float a lot. It could also be tournament situations, where you have a lot of ICM pressure on your shoulders.
re: Poker & Do you play A5 offsuit in the cutoff on a 6 handed table
Exactly, as Fundiver says the table size doesn't impact this decision much (besides the total of the ante's being slightly more in a full ring table if it's a very close decision).
For me I would usually fold without an ante in either full ring or 6-max, and play it with an ante. And I agree there are times to fold it against aggressive players left to act or with stacks being unfavorable to us in bubble/payjump spots.
Generally I'd fold it, but it is close as other have pointed out. Even though I'd personally be more inclined to fold it, I am certainly capable of playing any two cards if I think it is a good spot. Maybe the Big Blind is a fish I think I can out-play postflop or the blinds are nitty enough to make my blind steal attempt profitable.
The Ax hand does block AA, AK and AQ - I even have a few more outs with AX suited hands to the flush
Because Ace-rag hands aren't too good, I usually fold them; they certainly aren't good enough to play for value I think. With that said, they do sometimes make good hands to 3-bet bluff with or go after the blinds and antes if you are able to let them go in the face of resistance.
Everyone has their own playstyle though. Just because I would play the situation that way, this doesn't mean it is the only "good" way to play it by any means
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