Dream hand at the WSOP: How would you play it?

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Hehe. I remember a similar question on Cardschat twitter account years ago :D I remember I answered something alone the lines of "I would definitely call, what do you mean?!" And was very suprised to see how a lot would've folded and that it turned out to be a correct answer!!!! I don't know, maybe the number of players who went all-in there was bigger, but still it's true that the equity of pocket aces drops in multiway pots.

I think the question to ask yourself here should go like this - why are you here? Most likely for a one-of-a-kind experience. Obviously the dream is alive to cash and advance as far as possible. So what calling in a marginal situation in the first hand really achieves out of two? Nothing, no one has ever won a tournament in the first hand, and travelling this far, anticipating the tournament only to bust in the very first hand, when you went all in with just an overpair is a bad play and wasted experience. Had you been against just one opponent - you have 80%, against two - it's already 60%. It's nice, but not enough. So now I would fold. But only here, given the circumstances!! In my regular buy-in I would call and rebuy.
 
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Without any doubts, I call.
It's just a perfect opportunity, and it's hard for me to imagine how anyone could fold in such a situation, it would be wild :)
 
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A wsop main event is completely different from a freeroll. I don't find it a shame to fold in 1st hand AA. What's more, when 2 players have already pushed the stack into the middle and the AA's equity is therefore correspondingly lower.
 
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There is undoubtedly a risk of being eliminated in the first leg of the tournament.
But it would also be the chance to create a big stack. I would call, because another
chance like this would be difficult to happen, even though I believe that the opponents
should each have a high pair (QQ and KK).
 
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Well, that a very good question.

As someone mentioned before the correct play is to insta-call, but, in the real world, would you really make the call?

My honest answer is I DON'T KNOW.

It depends from the situation:

-If I'm somewhat sure that I will never again have the opportunity to make this trip from Greece to the USA and this will be the one and only chance in my life that I have the opportunity to participate in a WSOP Main Event, I would probably take the decision to fold.

-If this trip to Las Vegas (tickets, hotel accommodation, etc), including the buy-in for the event, came from an all-in-one package I won through an online tournament, I would probably call.

-If only the buy-in for the event came from me winning an online event, but all the other travel expenses would be mine, it's a 50-50 situation.

-If this specific time I play the hand I am in a "lets gamble" or "no guts, no glory"....mode, I would call.
 
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If there are such players who would fold in this situation, then I would advise them to simply find another hobby for themselves, for example, drawing or cooking.
Of course, call :)
 
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I believe there is no other move to make other than going All in. I would leave the next chapters of this story to the deck of cards lol.
 
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First hand or last hand in the tournament makes no difference to me. If I get dealt AA against
2 all-ins I am calling everytime, but I can understand if someone folds but if you want to have a chance
of winning the tournament you have to call.
 
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Poker is a game where you have to take chances, the AA rate is 0.45%, an hour of playing around 7 to 8 hands, then you need 15 hours for 1 pair in pre-flop. I think I can definitely call with a pair of 10 or more.
 
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Usually, it would be a snap-call for me. But in this case, I really would consider to fold them.
First hand with a completely unknown table so far and thinking this would be probably the only occasion to play the WSOP ME
I guess, I would not want to risk everything in the first hand preflop all-in against two players.
 
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Even if I played the WSOP Main Event, I would play the same way I always play. With AA in my hand, I would obviously go all-in. If I won this hand, my stack would triple and the game would be much more comfortable. What if I lost this hand? Nothing would happen, life would go on.
 
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