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Hand Matchup Poker Quiz – What Would You Do With 9c9h In This Spot?

What Would You Do and Why?

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THE SCENARIO

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante

Your Hand: 9Club Suit 9Heart Suit

Stack Sizes: You (1,575,000) Villain (1,255,000)

The Action: Six-handed at the final table, you raise to 145,000 from the cutoff seat with 9Club Suit 9Heart Suit. The Villain calls from the big blind. On a flop of 8Spade Suit 5Heart Suit 3Spade Suit, the Villain checks and you bet 225,000. The Villain then check-raises all in. The Villain is a well-known, middle-aged tournament pro with a very impressive résumé, but you have no specific history that is relevant to this hand. What do you do?

YOUR OPTIONS

Option A: Fold

Option B: Call

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DEEEZ_NUTZ
over 10 years ago

At the start of the hand we have 39 BB to the villain's 31. It's important to know where we are in terms of stack sizes to the other 4 opponents. Equally important is knowing the pay scale, especially if there are stacks hanging around with ~10BB as we would want to maximize our potential profit.

It's tough to give a straightforward answer because while you like your overpair here, there are obviously hands which you are flipping against (flush draws, flush/pair combos,flush/overcard combos) I can't think of too many hands outside of this range. We have to ask ourselves if he is capable of flat calling a bigger hand than 99 from the BB vs. us? What is our table image? Does he see us as aggro? Have we been raising 3.5 BB consistently? If we fold, we still have about 30 BB. Is this enough to manuever ( we have to keep in mind ante's are significant bc they are 5k a hand).

Although it's nearly impossible to give an answer without knowing more info about stack sizes etc I think if we are playing to win we have to make the call, pretty confident that we are ahead on the flop. It's not inconceivable to think he doesn't push any pair with a backdoor straight draw. ;)

 
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Jeff75
over 10 years ago

I think that the Villian's hand is more polarized than our at this point. We could be raising preflop with any pair, suited ace or broadway cards. And our hand is on the upside of our range. I don't think he is caling preflop with 10s - Aces. He is going to protect his 10-QQs against overcards and with AA and KK he is going to raise and try and get it all in preflop. So we are ahead preflop. The bad news is if he had an underpair, 3 of them turned into trips on the flop. If he had two broadway cards or a suited ace, they would almost have to be spades after his check raise all-in on the flop. The best we can hope for is an unsuited or suited A8 or A5 or suited conectors like 98, 87 or 76. If this is the case, he figures us for two over cards and that we made a standard c-bet on a flop. He can now come over the top and we will fold.
With his resume, the villian is playing for first place only and he is not going to bluff off all his chips, so he doesn't have complete air. A semi bluff with two overcards, both spades, is very possible. If he flopped trips, I don't think he goes all in since we haven't committed ourself to the pot yet and he doesn't want us to fold our ovecards just yet. The all-in tells me he is strong but does not have the nuts. So I think he has an 8, a 5, an underpair or 2 broadway spades. We are slight dogs to the spades and well ahead of everything else. Plus, as I mentioned, we are stronger than we would actually need to be in order to make the preflop raise and c-bet, so our nines have showdown value.
Call.

 
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tomekk23
over 10 years ago

i think, villain represents a double pair,or flushdraw with reraise, but if villain really got it, why goes all in? villain can win more and more safely with not going all in.or not fall out if draw doesnt come... i think if villain wants me to call, he raises me much smaller:) so he got nothing:) maybe villain is tight aggressive, but it looks like he planned to reraise... very hard to fold...

 
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DEEEZ_NUTZ
over 10 years ago

Jeff,

I think his play is pretty profitable given the stack sizes, but our call is justified because I feel like he expects a c-bet from us almost always. Given that he is OOP his re-pop all in with 2 broadway spades or maybe Ax spades is a pretty profitable play vs our cut off raise. I think calling is still the best option as well.

 
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trentbridge
over 10 years ago

Fold. He could have too many hands that could beat us. Trips? Higher pair? If he has TT, JJ, QQ, KK or AA in the BB, why wouldn't he call? He could want the action. Why waste your tournament life on a pair of nines!

 
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tomekk23
over 10 years ago

hi! i think if villain has a pair +99... so he should reraise preflop... so i think if he just calls,he got some kind of cards that he wanted to see the flop with... yea, maybe he got better pairs like "you", but... well known player-good player will raise with them...not just cold call..

 
 

luther1194
over 10 years ago

You have your opponent beat in chips with 39 BB to his 31. With a middle position raise he may think that you are raising with 2 high cards. He calls preflop with a wide variety of hands from suited connectors to 2 high cards. After the continuation bet, he decides to move on his draw, flush or straight, all-in for his last 880,000, which brings the pot to 1,770,000, making your pot odds roughly 2.1 to 1. I would call and try to knock out one of the better players in the tournament in a race that you are most likely favored in and are getting the right odds to call.

 
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