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Failing to Fold Aces

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Jan 02, 2019

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One of my most memorable and disappointing hands comes from the final table of a $1,500 buy-in World Series of Poker shootout event. The payout structure was quite flat, meaning I had a real incentive to not get my stack in poorly or play recklessly. With blinds at 6,000-12,000 with a 2,000 ante, everyone folded to the hijack, a generally straightforward recreational player, who raised to 28,000 out of his 800,000 stack. I (with 900,000) looked down at the beautiful A A in the cutoff. While I would essentially always three-bet with A-A in this spot, both the button and small blind were quite aggressive. They made it clear that they were trying their best to either win the tournament or go broke trying (which is actually the best strategy in a shootout during the earlier tables where you had to win your entire table to get a payout increase). ...


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