Sunday, June 19, 2011

Poker Quiz Question #10

Q#10: You're in another $5/$10NL full-ring cash game. Everyone has $1000 stacks. An unknown MP player raises to $40. A tight player on the button re-raises to $140. You are in the BB with AsQs. What should you do?

  1. Call
  2. Raise
  3. Fold
  4. Call 33% of time, fold 33%, raise 33%
  5. Raise all-in 10%, fold 90%
  6. Raise all-in 10%, call 90%

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A#10: Unlike Q#9, in which you were getting great implied odds to call, you're only getting something like 7.1:1. This is far to small, so calling is out.

Raising all-in isn't crazy, but I don't think it's ideal. The RR to $140 by the second player with a $1000 stack is getting him close to committed, so he's probably calling with a big part of his range. If we put him on something like 77-QQ and AQs+, we're a 60:40 dog. Yes, there is some dead money in the pot, but probably not enough to justify getting it in.

Ergo, the correct answer is to just fold. The Guru likes to say, "if you decide to never play AQ again in your poker career, it wouldn't be a horrible thing." Now of course I do play AQ, but I almost never take a raise preflop with it unless there is a really, really good reason to do so. Fold.

All-in for now...
-Bug

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