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Facing A Small All-In

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Mar 13, 2019


I was recently told about a hand by a recreational player that demonstrates a costly mistake that many players make on a regular basis. Close to the money bubble in a $1,000 buy-in tournament, a short-stacked player pushed all-in for five big blinds from middle position. Everyone folded to Hero in the small blind who looked down at 9-9. Hero had a 40-big blind stack, as did the competent player in the big blind. 9-9 is certainly good enough to call the five-big blind all-in, even on the bubble, but it is not good enough to get all-in for 40 big blinds. In general, when the all-in is six big blinds or less, you should min-reraise with your entire playable range in order to ensure the player yet to act only continues with his best hands, perhaps A-A through J-J, A-K, and A-Q. When the all-in is for more than ...

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