Posted 09 June 2006 - 03:48 AM
2 hands from a recent $4 180 tournament.Hand 1PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t150 (9 handed)Button (t4015)SB (t3750)BB (t1253)UTG (t3514)UTG+1 (t4835)UTG+2 (t2640)MP1 (t4630)Hero (t2040)CO (t3080)Preflop: Hero is MP2 with AsQc. 4 folds, Hero raises t300 to t450, CO raises to t2630 to t3080 and is all-in, Hero calls.3 things on this:1) I dislike calling all in for my tournament life with AK, but I think that if I have AK here it's pretty much an automatic call. Are then any dissenters on that?2) The hand itself. I thought for quite a while about this before calling. So far in the tournament I've been card dead, but doubled up earlier on when I flopped 2 pair from one of the blinds in an unraised pot. I've therefore been playing tighter than a camel's @rse in a sandstorm. If the villain had been at the table any length of time then this would make me more inclined to fold. However, he's only been at the table a few hands so he won't know that I've been playing tight and I have no read on him.So, is the initial raise about right and do I call or fold to the push? Essentially I called because I knew that I needed to build a stack (I had about half the average stack at the time) and it being a $4 tourney the raiser could have quite a range of hands.On the negative side, AK obviously becomes a worry and QQ is more of a worry than would be the case if I was sitting there with AK myself.3) Would the answers to 2) still be the same in a $20 180?2I don't want to post results, but it's relevant. I won hand 1, someone else said "nc" and the villain went off on a Hellmuthesque rant about how lousy a call it was, because I had to know I was dominated, etc., etc. I didn't defend it being a good call - I wasn't sure that it was - but pointed out that as it was a $4 event I wasn't guaranteed to be dominated. That set the villain off on another rant as he missed my point completely and thought I was calling because it was a $4 event. I tried to correct him, established that he didn't understand, since he plays the same regardless of the level of the buy in, and then peace returned to the poker table.Having established himself as a pro who was kindly playing at low levels just to educate the ignorant fish there, he made a few dubious calls and raises with his short stack that paid off and then built his stack up considerably with some excellent play. (Also known as having QQ stand up, doubling up with AA v AK, and adding another chunk when you raise the bb all in with a low pp and get called by an even lower pp - the last of which was kind of my point about it being a $4 event.) Once he'd got his stack he started playing some seemingly sensible, selective attacking poker with it, picking up a few blinds and pots here and there without showing down many hands.Being a lucky fish who calls with dominated hands, I didn't have sufficient skill to conjure up big pairs that would double me up. My stack dwindled until this hand came up against the villain...PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t200 (8 handed with t25 antes)Button (t4025) SB (t5159) BB (t14063) UTG (t2615) UTG+1 (t23300) Hero (t3530) MP2 (t9515) CO (t5315) is sitting outPreflop: Hero is MP1 with KdQd2 folds, Hero raises t600 to t800, MP2 raises 600 to t1400, 3 folds, Hero recalls Barney Boatman's words: "KQ - the most over-rated hand in no limit Texas Hold 'Em"I'm normally wary about playing KQ, unless I'm in late position or doing a low M push, because it's so easily dominated, but the table was tight. Is the initial raise okay? The villain has done varying bets and raises preflop, but I haven't seen him do a minimum raise like this before, so I have no idea where I am in the hand. So, what's my play facing his raise?