This is a discussion on $Freeroll NLHE MTT: $ NLHE MTT: Overvaluing a top pair? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Hand Analysis section; SB vs BB I get into this situation where I stack off with a pair very often.
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You have 18bb - for me, limped pot, BvB - I am going with top pair here. There are quite a few draws that can call our bets or a shove in this spot. Draws are just that - DRAWS, they are not made hands! So it's an easy spot for us to get called by worse. For me, short stacked like this (20bb or less) I am always going with top pair -if I go broke so be it.
I am not in love with 3-bet jamming the flop. I think, you just fold out his junk and get called by made hands, that have you crushed, and strong draws you are flipping with. So I would prefer to just call his check-raise and then make decisions later.