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Railbird Roundtable

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jun 11, 2009


Planning Ahead Preflop: Deciphering Options Against a Button Raise In a recent PokerStars $500 event, with 154 players remaining and the money starting at 144, this hand played out. Our hero, Harrison “gibler321” Gimbel, had been moved to this table about five hands earlier. With the blinds at 1,000-2,000, and a 200 ante, the action is folded to Mike “Timex” McDonald on the button, with 101,345, and he opens for 5,000. Our hero is in the small blind with 116,860 and the 6 6, and he three-bets to 16,345. Timex shoves, our hero calls, and his pair holds up against K-Q offsuit. Preflop, our options are to fold, call, reraise and fold, reraise and call, or shove. Let’s look at each: Call This is by far the most “standard” option. We have 6-6 and 50 big blinds, and we’re near the bubble. We don’t want to reraise and get shoved ...

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