Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Poker Quiz Question #8

Q#8: You're in a $5/$10 NL FR cash game with a $1000 stack. A very tight, inexperienced player with $1000 makes a standard raise from EP to $40. You are on the button with 9h9s and call the raise. The blinds fold. The flop comes 9cKdAs. The villain bets $60, you raise to $200, and he re-raises to $500. What should you do?

  1. Raise all-in to $1000
  2. Fold
  3. Min-raise to $800


A#8:  Folding is just plain silly, as you have a set and usually that's golden in cash games. It's just poker if he has AA or KK. More likely, however, he has AK or AQ. So that means you want to build the pot, and your choice is min-5bet, or shove all-in. The trouble with min-raising is that even inexperienced players realize that you're just begging to get called, so your hand begins to look like what it is: a monster. Instead, shoving tends to look like you want the opp to just go away, and he is therefore more likely to call- especially if he's inexperienced. Ergo, the correct answer is to shove all-in.

All-in for now...

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