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I Am A Calling Station

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Dec 05, 2018


I recently played a fun hand in a $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour event that illustrates a concept you must master if you want to succeed at tournament poker. With blinds at 600-1,200 with a 1,200 big blind ante, everyone folded to me in the hijack seat and I raised to 3,000 out of my 60,000 effective stack with 9 9. The action folded around to a good, tight, aggressive player in the big blind who three-bet to 10,600. At this point, I can either go all-in or call. Folding would be much too tight. 9-9 is a premium hand that can be played for a large number of big blinds. If you thought the three-bettor was particularly tight, folding would then become acceptable, but even then, it is nitty. Calling is a reasonable option if you have a good idea as to how your opponent will play after the ...

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