Poker brainstorm Ass Jack in the tournament the resolution
In our Poker brainstorm series, we wanted to know how our readers would play Ace Jack in a tournament. We went to the river and discussed the pre flop the flop and the turn. Now follows the last betting round and the resolution. We are in the concrete situation in a medium live tournament with several hundred participants and a comparatively soft field. After half of the field has been eliminated, we have average stack and get a halfway able hand in the middle position.
The four players in front of us have folded and we are in line with the Ace boy. A fold here would be an extremely defensive move. Ass Jack is just too strong to discard it. Of all options the worst. There may be situations where a limp is justified. We have a strong hand, but not so strong that we can put a trap and we want to take initiative and hand either pre flop or heads-up. This is why you should definitely be given credit.
Previously, new no-limit players were added, the right raise size is 4 big blinds plus one per limper. This was at times when marginal hands called such raises and the game was generally much more passive. Meanwhile, the game is much more aggressive and even a looser player thinks twice to call a high pre flop raise with speculative hands like 8 ♠ 7 ♣.
In addition, our chips are extremely valuable in a tournament. So why invest 4 big blinds if a smaller amount had exactly the same effect? That is exactly the case: For our next game, a raise on 3 big blinds de facto has the same implications as a Raise 4 big blinds. If we hit a good flop, the stacks are small enough to get all the chips in the middle and due to the comparatively small stacks of the blinds we do not have to worry about giving them too good odds.
In fact, a raise to about 1,500 (2.5 big blinds) would be the best. In case of doubt, the smaller raise is the better one. We do not want to build up an unnecessarily big pot without position against the two big stacks and the blinds have so few chips with 26 and 19 big blinds that they have to respect a min-raise.
The next plan in the hand is the following: Against a rebound of CO, BU or SB we fold an all-in of the big blinds we call and if there is a flop, we play poker on the flop. Before we go through the individual options let us look at what our opponent might have. Let’s just call it the pre flop raise with this range all pairs minus aces and kings because he would almost certainly have rooted all suited aces all hands with both cards 9 or better all suited connectors up To 54s and one-gapers to 75s. This is 26 percent of all hands and seems to be a realistic range with which a halfway player calls a raise in this situation.