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A-K Options Preflop

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jul 10, 2009


Our hero, Chris “homanga” Homan, recently found himself in a seemingly standard spot with A-K. It happened somewhat early in the PokerStars weekly $250,000-guaranteed tournament on a Wednesday night. This tournament features a deep structure, with longer blinds levels and an increased buy-in of $300 + $20. With the blinds at 150-300, and a 25 ante, the player under the gun plus one — “Booster_JJ” with 12,818 in chips — opens for 750. It is folded to the button, Eric “Sheets” Haber, who reraises to 2,400. The small blind, with 7,787, folds, and our hero is in the big blind with 8,249 and the A K. Very often, I see players question what to do with A-K preflop in a variety of situations, and generally the answer is to get the money into the middle with as much fold equity as possible. Fold equity is the value in chips that ...

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