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AK Tourney AK Cash

I hope everyone had a great holiday! I would like to get some feedback from some of you guys on a particular hand I played over the weekend . It was a $200 buy in NL Hold em event at a card club that I was not a member of, but was invited by a friend of mine. It was a small field of 24 players ,, starting chips were 10,000 ,, blind levels increasing every 25 minutes , no antes.. it was a great structure , which I knew was going to take 5 or 6 hours to get to the final few players.. I kept telling myself to be patienct early on, as with blinds starting at $25/$50 I had plenty of time to play real poker , before it became a shove fest..

About an hour into the event with blinds at $100/$200 I was sitting on about $8800 in chips . I had been pretty card dead , tried to steal one pot and got snap called when my opponent hit two pair on the river.. Any way in ealy positon I am dealt A K offsuit .. 8 players at the table,, I raise it to $700 ,,now other than my one bluff attempt my play has been fairly snug,, it folds to MP who re raises it to $1700 ,, both blinds fold and it comes back to me.. My problem here is I never played with this guy before , and this is the 1st time we have both played a pot . he had been pretty tight so far , but when he did enter a pot , he entered with force. Plus he was a young guy ,maybe 25 ,flashy dresser, you know the prototypical super aggressive player,,, yet he hadnt really played that way yet..I am out of position, I am not sure of what type of player I am up against,so I wasnt quite sure howto proceed. Of course I am not laying A K down here , but I also dont want to commit to an All In re raise this early in the event , when I am sure I am probably racing against any pair up to QQ , or worst casr scenario a big dog to KK or AA ... The only hand in his range at this point that I would have a distinctive edge here would be A Q or remote bottom end of his range A J .. So being a live player , I just dont like putting my entire tournament life on the line this early against a player I cant really quite peg as a super aggressive type yet... This is my dilemma though .. I despise just calling in this spot ,, but based on the info that I have at this time ,,and the stack sizes..he has about 10,200 I decide that is my best play. I call the extra 1,000 .. The flop comes 8 6 3 rainbow.. Ugh!! This is whre the power of position is so valuable . I am really in no mans land now , out of position ,with a player behind me who has shown strength pre flop ,, a continuation bet here is so transparent with the texture of that flop , particularly if he is holding almost any pair. So , like the nit that I am I checked the flop hoping he would check behind , but fairly certain he wouldnt .

He fires out a $2500 flop bet ,about 3/4 of the pot, now I know he is not that strong, just by his body language , and the way he made the bet.. However,, I have merely A high here , and I cant just call here , I pretty much have to commit all my chips here on merely a feeling that he is not that strong . He still has over 7k in his stack so he could still get away from this hand if I re raise All In . I finally come to my senses and fold my AK ,, and he turns ove A Q and smirks as he rakes in the pot .. Kudos, to my young friend as he read me very well , used his position and took down a nice pot .. Now fast forward to the end of the tourney where we chop it 3 ways and I pocket a cool $1300 ,for a nice Sunday afternoon profit of $1100 ,, and my young firend who pushed me off the A K was knocked out of the tourney about 30 minutes after our fateful hand when he over valued two pair on a scary straight board and was busted... My question to throw out to you younger internet guys is ... How would you guys have played this hand? Pre flop , and post flop ,, and give me you thoughts as to why you would play it in a certain way.. I didnt feel that comfortable with my play of the hand by my main thought was chip preservation is as important as chip accummulation , particularly at this point in this event....

Can you make acase for folding A K to a pre flop min raise early in a tournament with the stack sizes as they were? I think not but would like some feedback

Thanks.

Comments

Anonymous says

Too early for me to get all in PF with ak. I would definately have made a continuation bet, and if he reraised, I would be done. If I believed he was still looking, I would fire again on the turn. If his range is aj, aq, small pr (no set), you should take it down on the turn. Sounds like you did well, though.

11/28/07

harlem says

I don't see how you can make for folding A K to a pre flop min raise early in a tournament. That's my feedback.

11/28/07

Mr_Taterhead says

Yeah I dont see folding to the small raise pre flop so early in a tournament. Gotta use the guys aggressiveness against him. If you doubt he has a big PP you can lead the flop, but I think you played this pretty standard.

Good Luck.

11/29/07

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