Poker Brainstorm Ace-King in practice
Situation: A normal cash game hand
Our protagonist sits in a local cash game round with blinds. The game at the table is loose and generally quite passive and many players usually see flops. In our protagonists ran it pretty well so far, and he stacks € 450 before him. Then there is the following hand:
Ace-king before the flop
On Button gets the protagonist. After three Limps, the player increases the cut-off at 10 €. The Cut-Off has a stack of € 210 plays comparatively aggressive, grabs the big bets but only with the nuts. What is the best train here? The wanted to make our readers:
- Fold 2%
- Call 14%
- Reraise to € 25 61%
- Reraise to € 50 23%
Clearly, a reprise is the best move here. Ace-King is likely to be significantly better than the range, with the raises the cut-off and with this hand you certainly interested in reducing the number of players. With ace-king will not make top pair and then compete against four or more opponents – because with so many players, it is considerably more likely that this top pair is beaten. One or a maximum of two opponents are far better and make the hand much more profitable and easier to play.
As regards the amount of raises with a raise to € 25 Man pushes probably get the limpers out of the pot, but loads the cut-off to take a call. This would be a very favorable situation for the protagonist, because this would look in a position flop with a hand that is probably stronger. With a raise to € 50 Man makes the cut-off much more difficult with a hand like ace-ten or king-queen to call. However, with this exact hands wants to lure him yes in the pot, so far there is such a large re-raise the risk of isolating themselves against better hands his range.
Four top pair
The protagonist decides to call. The players in the blinds fold, but two limpers (both have over € 500 in front of him) call. Therefore, you can see four of a flop. In the center are € 43 and the board falls. After two checks the cut-off, € 25 alludes. What should the protagonist with his top pair do now?
The wanted to make our readers:
- Fold 2%
- Call 48%
- Raise to € 50 23%
- Raise to € 100 27%
After the protagonist unfavorable option Call has chosen before the flop, he has to wrangle with his top pair and three other players.
Fortunately, the Board has come incredibly dry – there is no realistic Draws and very few hands that beat the protagonists. When he is back, it is because one of his opponents hit with 77 or 22 a set or because someone Ass-Two or ace-seven plays. If Ace-King the best hand is here (and in most cases this will be so), the three opponents have joined at best five to ten outs. Say: In about 80% of cases Ace-King is also still on the turn the best hand.
Why does protect the hand, against three opponents, only a very minor role. The protagonist should be much more likely to make sure that he will be paid from weaker hands. A raise on the flop is therefore counterproductive. In order to make it an opponent with ace-ten or similar, worse top pair hands too easy to get out of hand.
The protagonist calls again and one of the limpers do it like him. With him, it is a very tight and passive gambling elderly man. The turn falls there is € 118 in the middle. Both players check to our protagonists. The wanted to make our readers:
- Check 45%
- Bet €50 35%
- Bet €100 20%
With € 118 in the middle and effective residual stacks of € 175 (compared to CO) and € 415 against the limper, the protagonist is now on the turn and has the ability to take the initiative. In principle there is no reason to suspect that top pair no longer is the best hand. The cut-off seems to have given up and the passive limper showed still not very much strength. His call on the flop without position and had after someone already be called before him however, suggests that it has something halfway interesting. Even if the limper plays tight are most likely many Ace-X hands in his range. Aces are always just played. A halfway realistic range would be about.