Flopped top pair / open ended vs. all in



Solvem probler
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Mar 8, 2007
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PokerStars Game #11953275527: Tournament #60658188, $4.00+$0.40 Hold'em No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2007/09/09 - 01:19:04 (ET)
Table '60658188 10' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: train12203 (205 in chips)
Seat 2: Tallllou (7355 in chips)
Seat 3: ThrntnMelon (1505 in chips)
Seat 4: chantonio (3710 in chips)
Seat 5: crummer44 (2635 in chips)
Seat 6: LI knight (1220 in chips)
Seat 7: alajo (3160 in chips)
Seat 8: Queeny38 (365 in chips)
Seat 9: killer3333 (2350 in chips)
Queeny38: posts small blind 25
killer3333: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to killer3333 [Th 7c]
train12203: folds
Tallllou: calls 50
ThrntnMelon: folds
chantonio: folds
crummer44: folds
LI knight: calls 50
alajo: folds
Queeny38: folds
killer3333: checks
*** FLOP *** [8c Tc 9d]
killer3333: checks
Tallllou: bets 200
LI knight: folds
killer3333: raises 400 to 600
Tallllou: raises 6705 to 7305 and is all-in

This one of those 180 player tournies, around 100 left. Villain loves to push (3-4 times since he came to the table with a big stack (no showdowns)... 12 or 14 hands). My instincts say Ax, with x being 7 or 8...but his range is huge. Do you risk your tourney life here?


Dec 13, 2006
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I call.

Villains range is huge here, and you said hes been too active, so we know hed probably play any pair+draw or strong draw like this.

He can easily have just a straight draw with a jack, or A-pair, or A-pair with a flush draw (Ac9c), etc....

I think were ahead of his range, the pots already big, our stack isnt, i call.


Aug 2, 2007
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If I'm going for 1st, call. If I'm after getting in the money, fold. Personally I'd pushing all-in after his initial bet for folding equity, or just calling hoping to improve.

You stated your opponent could be on any hand, so he could have limped in with JQ or 67 and already has a major lead here. Any overpair would also give him the lead (JJ, QQ, KK, AA).

Getting 1st in a tournament will always require some luck, like winning hands like this if you're behind, or not being behind in a situation like this.
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