AQ in the big blind close to final table

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chakho

Rising Star
I have playing poker for around 4-5months I started by play local pub tournaments 3-4 times a week and played 2/2NL cash games. I keep watching poker videos and strategy from youtube and internet. Since the last month I sensed that I have improved a lot and had made 9 finals tables out of 11 games in 30-50 runners local tournaments and won 2 of 11. I even got a very good rank in my state's poker league for the season. So tonight i decided to stake up and played a weekly $200 buy-in tournament in the local casino to see where i am at.


So this A$200 buy-in tournament in the local casino in Adelaide, there was around 50 runners and top 9 get paid, starting stack was 30k and after playing for 3hours there were about 13players left on two table.

my stack size was ~120k with blinds at 3000/6000 and 1000 ante, I was in the big blind , the player on the button just got bad beat last hand with QQ and had around 25k chips left. Small blind was the player who got the queens cracked with A9o in the last hand and had around 220k chips.

Button open shoves for ~25k, small blind calls, I woke up with AQo in the big blind. Through the last period, i observed that the SB open limps a lot of medicore hands like JTo 78s in EP and MP with ~20BB, so when he flat called the all in, i put him on medium strength hands like JTo Qxs or Kx.

I don't want to let him into the hand with ~7k antes and 50k in the pot now, so i decided to push all-in here to isolate knowing that I could be ahead in most of the time and even he calls I would still have a huge equity to win the hand.

He tanks for around 30seconds and called my all in, the button flips over 25s, and i looked at him for like 4-5seconds and flip over my AQo and he said you are ahead and flips over QTo. Since i had him dominated and his card was not suited, I thought I might have around 70-75% chance of winning the hand. The dealer flips over the flop and the first card was an ace, I was so at ease untill the second and third card came out, which was a Jack and nine, now his open ended and I don't feel good at all, turn comes a deuce which gave the button the bottom pair, and of course a red king comes on the river and the whole table were so excited since it was a double knockout so close to the final table.

I feel so tilted after this hand thinking that if i can win this hand I would be a very healthy stack(one of the chip leaders) and pretty much guaranteed into the final table and if i don't play too aggressive, there is a high possibility I could get top3.

After taking a bath and lying on my bed now i was thinking about what i could have done differently. My alternative options was to flat call, folding is not an option since AQo is too strong in this circumstance. By flat calling i might have given the SB a chance to see a flop but I don't risk being called and got knocked out. Especially when i have position on the sb, i could have checked the flop and go all in on the turn, which will give a less than 16% equity for the sb to call, with around 80k in the pot and i can bet my remaining 90k which is 1:2 pot odds and hopefully getting a fold from the sb. This is what I thought I could done differently otherwise.

Whats your opinion on this hand? How would you play this hand differently and do you think i made a mistake? Please tell me what ur thoughts.
 
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Minus272c

Minus272c

Rock Star
I have playing poker for around 4-5months I started by play local pub tournaments 3-4 times a week and played 2/2NL cash games. I keep watching poker videos and strategy from youtube and internet. Since the last month I sensed that I have improved a lot and had made 9 finals tables out of 11 games in 30-50 runners local tournaments and won 2 of 11. I even got a very good rank in my state's poker league for the season. So tonight i decided to stake up and played a weekly $200 buy-in tournament in the local casino to see where i am at.


So this A$200 buy-in tournament in the local casino in Adelaide, there was around 50 runners and top 9 get paid, starting stack was 30k and after playing for 3hours there were about 13players left on two table.

my stack size was ~120k with blinds at 3000/6000 and 1000 ante, I was in the big blind , the player on the button just got bad beat last hand with QQ and had around 25k chips left. Small blind was the player who got the queens cracked with A9o in the last hand and had around 220k chips.

Button open shoves for ~25k, small blind calls, I woke up with AQo in the big blind. Through the last period, i observed that the SB open limps a lot of medicore hands like JTo 78s in EP and MP with ~20BB, so when he flat called the all in, i put him on medium strength hands like JTo Qxs or Kx.

I don't want to let him into the hand with ~7k antes and 50k in the pot now, so i decided to push all-in here to isolate knowing that I could be ahead in most of the time and even he calls I would still have a huge equity to win the hand.

He tanks for around 30seconds and called my all in, the button flips over 25s, and i looked at him for like 4-5seconds and flip over my AQo and he said you are ahead and flips over QTo. Since i had him dominated and his card was not suited, I thought I might have around 70-75% chance of winning the hand. The dealer flips over the flop and the first card was an ace, I was so at ease untill the second and third card came out, which was a Jack and nine, now his open ended and I don't feel good at all, turn comes a deuce which gave the button the bottom pair, and of course a red king comes on the river and the whole table were so excited since it was a double knockout so close to the final table.

I feel so tilted after this hand thinking that if i can win this hand I would be a very healthy stack(one of the chip leaders) and pretty much guaranteed into the final table and if i don't play too aggressive, there is a high possibility I could get top3.

After taking a bath and lying on my bed now i was thinking about what i could have done differently. My alternative options was to flat call, folding is not an option since AQo is too strong in this circumstance. By flat calling i might have given the SB a chance to see a flop but I don't risk being called and got knocked out. Especially when i have position on the sb, i could have checked the flop and go all in on the turn, which will give a less than 16% equity for the sb to call, with around 80k in the pot and i can bet my remaining 90k which is 1:2 pot odds and hopefully getting a fold from the sb. This is what I thought I could done differently otherwise.

Whats your opinion on this hand? How would you play this hand differently and do you think i made a mistake? Please tell me what ur thoughts.

Hi, theres 2 way to play that hand.

Flatcall as you say, see a flop andplay the hand in position make a qualified decision from there.

Shove on top as you did, knowing he had to call arround 90k more in to a pot of arround 180k that he allready put in 25k. Its very likely he will call especially as its a KO.

Being close to the payout, one could argue for playing it safe, at least until you get payed, but i think i would have done the same thing in the same spot with 20 bb stack and AQ and got busted there as well. :eek:

You sound like a solid player that make good results, so my only advice would be not to get tilty when you get a raw deal, and that will happen sometimes, dont doubt your gameplay, be happy you play your A-game, and keep doing exactly the way you do and you will be fine ;)

Keep it cool - keep educating yourself :beerglass
 
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williamsc99

Rock Star
I think you were caught by the natural variance of the game, there was nothing to do. But you could have considered folding this hand because it was very close to itm
 
deform fedot

deform fedot

Visionary
You just are not lucky, that happens, and it's not worth giving yourself a reason for it. Maybe next time you will be more careful and lose this chance.Therefore, it is not necessary to lubricate, although self-criticism is good, but the strength of the mind is more important :);)
 
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