What’s Your Play? Kings Pre-Flop
by Andrew Brokos | Published: Aug 13, '12
This hand was submitted to me as a Mailbag question, but after wrestling with it for a while I couldn’t come up with a great answer, so I’m going to crowdsource it. Here’s all the info I have, as provided by the Hero:
Event 1 of a WPT series at Parx Casino. $200+30 entry with un-limited re-entry thru level 6. 20,000 starting stacks with 30min blinds. Level 9 (re-entry period over) 260 players remain from 535 total entrys for average chip stack of 41,000. Blinds are 600/1200/100.
Hero UTG + 1 60k. Table image is pretty tight-good and have steadily accumulated chips mostly through small-medium pots with one fairly large 3-way pot early in tournament with that went to showdown. Have showed down 3 times total on the day, losing with KK to 7-4 that rivered two pair and winning the other two with a good hand (TPTK) and top set. Haven’t gotten out of line, no pre-flop 3 bets to this point.
Hijack seat: 22k young loose-passive player that i have played with in the past. Routinely cold calls raises with less than premium holdings and gets himself into trouble playing less than premium broadway type hands.
Button: 28k Older 50ish, “know-it-all” type that likes to offer his analysis of every hand at its conclusion. guy who says things like ‘you have to fold xx there” or ‘the odds etc etc “. threw around a lot of poker terms but didn’t really use them correctly.
BB: 49k young player who was very tight thusfar. Didn’t enter tournament until level 5 and had only played 3-4 hands across 2 hours of play. Seemed like he made some disciplined folds when facing pressure and in the few hands he did play, made one squeeze play to isolate a weak opponent to get a heads-up all in situation that he won with JJ > AQ
Here’s the action:
hero: KK raise to 3200 (standard raise for table had been 2800)
folds to HJ
HJ: calls 3200
BTN: re-raises to 6500.
BB: re-raise to 14000
What’s your play and why? Post your thoughts and analysis here, and I’ll be back to offer my own thoughts on Friday.
One word of warning: If you’re going to comment, please dig deeper than, “I’m not good enough to fold KK. If he has AA oh well.” I wouldn’t be posting this hand if it were that simple. Thinking through situations that you previously treated as automatic and looking for exceptions to rules is one of the best ways to get better. Whether you want to fold, call, or raise, put these players on ranges, explain your assumptions, and demonstrate why your preferred line is the best way to go against those ranges.