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Imagine the situation. Bubble. It remains one seat. Your opponent is the opponent chip leader with a stack of 2 times more than you, and
Imagine the situation. Bubble. It remains one seat. Your opponent is the opponent chip leader with a stack of 2 times more than you, and you have an average stack and AA on hand. Chip leader going all in, you're not going to take risks that would not be a BubbleBoy, or take the risk, because if you win you will become the chip leader.
Daniel Negreanu for example once said that we should take the risk.
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Tough decision. If it is a big event, the prize for the first eliminated after the bubble is usually less than 1.5x the buy in and it takes a while for the prizes to become really good, so you might be inclined to take the risk to be in the position of winning a huge amount. If it's a smaller tournament and the pay jumps are always great, you might think about ICM. In terms of odds and equity, you're never wrong when calling all in preflop with aces, but if the min cash would be a great thing for you (like a freeroll, for example), folding the aces is not the worst thing ever.
While it it important to cash you need to play for the win as thats where the money is. I would be happy to bubble 3-4 times in a row with aces here if the times I win i make it to the top 3. Based of what you said you win this hand and you become the chip leader. I am going for it here every time.
Only time I would fold aces on the bubble is if all places in the money were the same or a satellite into a bigger event.
Decision is: what are you in it for?? Bubble or glory?
that situ, a flip with AA, with bubbling out the negative, it's risk/reward. Risk: you lose min payout+buyin. Reward: making the money, continuing up the money ladder, maybe getting a buy-in ticket, if that's a reward. Another reward: the non-monetary factor; the glory. Glory can be money, or just the gut feeling you played at your highest potential for an extended period of time
How often did you feel better after an exhilarating run, that just barely didn't go your way, on the final coin-flip? Of course you felt better when you went all-out.
Especially if you play for micro-stakes freebies. It can't be about making it to the 9 cent reward, or a buck and change in a Cchat freebie. Cchat, it's playing vs real players, who know the ins and outs of tourneys; that's part of why Cchat freebies are hard to win.
personally I would pay, for me it is difficult to fold that hand, but I think it depends on the importance of the tournament, at that time I would think a little more and better, if I'm good at chips and I do not need to risk it, probably fold , but you have to be in that situation and live that experience because it is very easy to say that I pay or not without living that situation