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Hand 2 Hand Combat: Reid Young Shares Strategic Reasons to Lead Into the Raiser on the Flop

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Nov 26, 2010

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Event Full Tilt Poker heads-up cash game Blinds $3-$6 Stacks Reid “SHOOTAA” Young – $1,193.65; Villain – $2,555.20 The villain raises to $12. Reid “SHOOTAA” Young calls with the 9♠ 8♦. Craig Tapscott: That seems like a pretty loose call with 9-8 offsuit, out of position. Reid “SHOOTAA” Young: I agree. But I think that my tight image up to this point easily offsets the marginal preflop call, especially when combined with the fact that with such deep stacks, my implied odds are dramatically increased. Flop: J♠ 6♥ 5♠ (pot: $24) SHOOTAA bets $18. CT: Why lead out here? RY: I lead out to stymie my opponent, and to avoid dealing with his continuation-bet, as check-calling or check-raising is not a very attractive option because of our deep stack sizes. I’m hoping to force out Q-10 types of hands or induce a bluff-raise from this aggressive villain. If he chooses ...


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