This hand happened in a 6-max (only 6 players at a table) tournament I was playing, here’s a hand I thought I’d share. I’m on the button with AKo.
Three fold in front of me and I make my standard button raise to 2.5x the big blind. The blinds are $40/$80, so I make a raise to $200.
The small blind re-raises to $800 and the big blind folds. So, I’m faced with several options.
I could call, I could fold, I could 4-bet him. I haven’t played many hands at the table with this guy (about 12) but he seemed a pretty average player, so I decided to 4-bet him to see where I’m at. I re-raise his re-raise to $1950 and he just calls.
The call intrigues me. With him calling, he only has $1750 left. If he had AA, AK, KK, QQ, he more than likely would have shoved after my re-raise to $1950. So, I think I’m winning at this point. There’s a chance he has middle pair, like 77, 88, 99, TT. He could also have AQs, AJs, KQs. The call of my re-raise is very weak, so, again, I think I’m good here. If he does have a pair, then it’s pretty much a coin flip if all the money goes into the pot.
The flop comes 8s 2s 3h and he instantly goes all-in.
I’ll provide a little more insight into what I was thinking at the time. Sure, he could have 88, 22, or 33 in the hole. But I 4-bet him before the flop. Doesn’t he think I have a pair like QQ, KK or AA? If so, shouldn’t he check and let me bet my overpair on the flop so he can shove? His insta-shove is suspect to me. He could easily have AK like I do or AQs, though I have a feeling if he had AK or AQs before the flop, he would have just shoved pre-flop. His shove and his moves pre-flop don’t make sense to me. Also, a flop shove from a short stack in a tournament is standard.
Do I call or fold?
Poker Stars $8.00+$0.80 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – 40/80 Blinds – 6 players
SB: 3700 46.25 BBs
BB: 2995 37.44 BBs
UTG: 2280 28.50 BBs
MP: 6535 81.69 BBs
CO: 4880 61 BBs
Hero (BTN): 9685 121.06 BBs
Pre Flop: (120) Hero is BTN with A K
3 folds, Hero raises to 200, SB raises to 800, 1 fold, Hero raises to 1950, SB calls 1150
Flop: (3980) 8 2 3 (2 players)
SB bets 1750 all in, Hero ???