Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Easy Call or Easy Fold

I want to throw out a hand that I had recently and wanted to get the opinions of you tournament experts. About Midway through a $33 SNG and I am the low man on the totem poll when the following hand came up.

Is it an easy call or an easy fold?

FullTiltPoker Game #1341154365: $33 + $3 Sit & Go (Turbo) (9433297), Table 1 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 14:48:02 ET - 2006/12/02
Seat 1: Button (5,375)
Seat 3: SB (1,525)
Seat 4: willwonka (735)
Seat 5: UTG (1,200)
Seat 6: UTG+1 (1,900)
Seat 9: CO (2,765)
SB posts the small blind of 80
willwonka posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to willwonka [5h 6h]
UTG folds
UTG+1 folds
CO raises to 650
Button calls 650
SB raises to 1,525, and is all in
willwonka ??????

Not many reads but this is what I do have:
CO is a littly LAGY (40/20)
Button (34/13)
SB (30/21)

What do you do? I won't post what I did or what the results were until tomorrow. I kind of got some mixed reaction when talking to some people.

One quick not on Full Tilt Support. I emailed them this evening on some Full Tilt Points questions that I had and I received an email back within 15 minutes probalby. Very Nice. In case anybody is interested, my question was concerning when you receive your full tilt points when playing tournaments. This becomes relevent if you are trying to qualify for the Iron Man Freerolls. Anyway, here is the response that I got back:

Hello Willwonka,

Thank you for writing to Full Tilt Poker.

If you entered a tournament since the inception of the Iron Man
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The actual time that Full Tilt points accumulated on tournament fees are
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immediately after they bust from any tournament or SNG.

What does this mean in relation to the Iron Man promotion? If you
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So Again I say.. Thanks for Full Tilt for the quick and complete answer to my question.

I look forward to some of the responses on the Easy Call or Easy Fold.


Anonymous said...

Even though you're getting ~4:1 this isn't a good spot as button and UTG will probably call.

One of the three will turn up 77+ too often, and if another heart draw (AKh, AQh, even AJh) is out there you're even worst to win.

Fold and save your push when you can be first into the pot. (if possible)

HighOnPoker said...

Reading Drizz's comment made me reconsider. At first, I thought it was fairly borderline, but I'd make the call. If you fold, you'll have 5x the BB, which is extremely short. You already have a couple of players in the substantial pot, you are getting great odds, and your cards, 5h6h, allow for some great suckout possibilities. BUT, reading Drizz's comment makes sense. Someone probably has a pocket pair, and therefore, you may have two dead cards and be drawing to a flush, straight or runner trips. In that case, the strength of 56h drops drastically, as you no longer have the chance of squeaking by with a flopped 5 vs. an AK or AQ.

Fold, sadly. Keep your 500+ and expect to push sometime in the next orbit.

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