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I am an OK player. I win but not significant amounts. Here are some examples
Hi. I play every day, all tournament is diferent. Some u can all in with AA, n win. Others u canot, because the others players. If a tounament is the beggins u dnt go all in cause they r call u with 2 3, 4 5, ..., n the flop help they. But if close of a buble u can cause the players if go is more better, só they dont call u with 2 3, some times kkk. I allready call with 2 3, and lose hahaha but no at all do this.
re: Poker & Must I learn to fold top pair+ top kicker?
A6 really depends on the table and the tournament. If it's a decent sized buy in at a full ring, I think you are safe to assume you have the best. Maybe they have a draw and so they shove? Maybe they paired something and are shallow like was said, so they decide this is the spot.
But there's many times where a good player will shove two pair thinking they'll get value out of top pair top kicker, so I don't think you can say it's 100% either way. This is probably one of the situations where you have to read the player and decide.
Trips also tend to play out like this too, he could just as easily have 66 here.
If you have no read on the player your moves are always correct in these situations. If, and only if, you have some sort of read based on range/action of an opponent should you opt for something else. In most situations you will have the best hand, especially if its a lower limit tourney.
And of course stack size and position and how close to the money you are (and how much you will be ok with winning) play a lot into this. If your objective is to outright win the tourney your moves here are always correct, if your objective is to just make the money then I can see folding (especially the AK).
Exceptions would be if you are in a satellite and are close to the prize with a healthy stack (where all winners get paid the same thing). Here you can fold more often, but in this case it may be wise to just push AI preflop since any value doesnt help you all that much in the long run. This way hopefully you just steal the blinds and weed the outdrawers out from the get go.