Image by mrdelayer via FlickrTournament Poker--Playing Pocket Aces
It is the WPT $25,000 buy-in event at the Bellagio. Everyone has $50,000. The blinds are $50-$100.
Only a few hands have been dealt at your table, when this hand is dealt:
A player in early position limps. You are sitting next to this player and you find pocket Aces--Ad-Ac (an Ace of diamonds and an Ace of clubs).
You raise to $300. The button, the big blind call, and the limper calls.
There is now $1,250 in the pot.
The flop is Ks-6d-5h.
The big blind and the limper check. That looks like a safe flop so you bet $800. Only the big calls.
There is now $2,850 in the pot.
The turn is a 9c.
You like your hand but you want to keep the pot small. You bet $1,800.
Your opponent raises to $5,800.
What should you do?
The pot is $10,450 and it will cost you $4,000 to call the raise. Can this guy have hit a set or two pair? Can he be trying to muscle you out of the pot, especially since your turn bet was small?
You decide to call. There is now $14,450 in the pot.
The river is the 8h.
You check and your opponent bets $7,500. What should you do?
Analyze the situation and make your decision. What do you think?
Answer on Monday.