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Hand Matchup Poker Quiz -- What Would You Do With J-J in This Spot?

What Would You Do and Why?

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THE SCENARIO

Blinds: 120,000-240,000 with a 30,000 ante

Your Hand: JHeart Suit JClub Suit

Stack Sizes: You (29.5 million) Button (20.555 million)

The Action: You come in for a raise to 550,000 from the cutoff with JHeart Suit JClub Suit. The button the reraises to 1.55 million. You four-bet to 3.925 million and the button calls.

The flop comes down 10Diamond Suit 9Club Suit 7Heart Suit and you check. The button bets 5 million and you make the call. The turn is the QDiamond Suit. You check and the button moves all in for 11.63 million. Assuming you don’t have any solid reads, what would you do with your last 20.575 million?

YOUR OPTIONS

Option A: Fold

Option B: Call

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-KWP886-
over 11 years ago

Brutal hand, but it's probably a clear fold even though we've put in a lot of chips already. There's hardly anything in our opponents range that we beat here..

 
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dmcartwright
over 11 years ago

its hard to figure out

 
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Diplomat
over 11 years ago

With no solid read on my opponent I would say that the best option here is a brick and mortar fold. I hate to call off any portion of my stack when I could be playing for a chop at best.

 
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jas
over 11 years ago

i call guy will have AA and I will hit 1 of mine 10 outs on river and bust him out.. gg me

 
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Matty_B
over 11 years ago

I'd call. You've shown weakness by check-calling the flop, giving the villain the go-ahead to push. He's pushing. You have no clear reason to know you're beat, you've got a good hand and a solid draw even if you are beat, and the pot is right. I'll take those chances to get bigger, especially when it's not my tournament life on the line but his.

 
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HRSSHOE
over 11 years ago

agree

 
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kevko_2000
over 11 years ago

Fold fold fold... Your beat

 
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cutsr
over 11 years ago

Here is my only question, you four bet pre, the flop comes 10 high and you check??? You showed a lot of strength, pretty much exposing your hand range. By not continuing on the flop, you are forcing yourself into a corner against any descent opponent. I am a fan of doing the pushing instead of the pulling.

However, given the scenario, you are better calling off half your stack, even though you are likely beat half of the time. You still beat 88, 89s, 78s, A10s, A9s, etc. which would likely play the hand similar to this scenario. In addition, only KJ and J8 dominate your hand the others you have a good redraw.

 
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VoiceOfReason
over 11 years ago

...

 
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VoiceOfReason
over 11 years ago

^^ Apologies for the test reply.

As to the question in hand, the options presented to us are limited. Obviously you fold pre flop, then you don't get into this mess in the first place! It's only one pair of Jacks ...

**rolls eyes**

 
 

tbuckles
over 11 years ago

First of all...you've got what - like 100x the BB remaining.

Secondly, what money you've already invested in the pot is no longer yours...forget about that.

Third, the opponent isn't bluffing, isn't holding 6/6, 8/8 or A/K... so you should be beat. He may have J/J too. I'd guess an over-pair or maybe even 9/10 suited.

If you're a skilled player, it's probably best to fold and grind it out.

 
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sonofdirt
over 11 years ago

agreed. you can't dust off half of your remaining stack when you're still so deep. You will almost never be good here. I don't so much see the over-pair due to the smooth call preflop. There is a chance he could be slow playing, but why not reraise preflop with QQ or better?? 9/10 suited, QK, AQ,JQ or even Q10 sound possible. perhaps he flopped bottom or middle set. Anyone who would call here clearly doesn't understand tournament play.

 
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sonofdirt
over 11 years ago

agreed. you can't dust off half of your remaining stack when you're still so deep. You will almost never be good here. I don't so much see the over-pair due to the smooth call preflop. There is a chance he could be slow playing, but why not reraise preflop with QQ or better?? 9/10 suited, QK, AQ,JQ or even Q10 sound possible. perhaps he flopped bottom or middle set. Anyone who would call here clearly doesn't understand tournament play.

 
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lilmacdaddy
over 11 years ago

Its very tough with the information given. Cold calling a 4 bet generally polarizes his range to big hands. There is now one over card to your pair, straight and flush draws as well.

You were never able to define your hand preflop and you chose not to define your hand on the flop. No need to add insult to injury. You are in great shape with 80+ bb fold here and find a better spot.

JJ is a tough hand to play out of position and at this point you would be "guessing" since you have no reads thus far.

 
 

Da_Duck
over 11 years ago

Such a bad play on your part, like most of the comments say your in a tight spot. You put in nearly 9 million to this pot and you don't have a clear read. Just a smooth call in the flop was the first real mistake, a half pot size to just under a half pot sized bet might have put some pressure on the player. But seeing the Q is a nightmare, now with a open ended straight draw you are in danger of being married to the hand. You say no real read, but you are wrong. The re-raise preflop by your opponent is the read that they have a monster, runaway.

 
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Prieure
over 11 years ago

Evaluate in isolation, and yeah you should probably fold, but the winners of tournaments always have a situation where they make the wrong move at the right time. This applies to this hand, yeah it's not played great but the guy also knows that he has outs. Yeah they are deep stacked but when does that ever stop people getting all the chips in, tournaments have got progressively more deep stacked over the years but people still get knocked out in the 1st level.

Show me a tournament winner that won a 7000 player tournament without making a mistake and getting lucky and I'll show you a liar. I felt so bad for Afleck but aces get cracked all the time, it was the fact that this was the main event that hurt the most. Duhamel seems like a donkey based on this but I bet he played good for days just to get in the position to make the wrong play at the right time. Stuff happens don't crucify the guy too much I bet he's won more than all the haters put together.

 
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Batman
over 11 years ago

That's an easy call, although, I would've moved all in pre flop.

 
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TrevorDallas
over 11 years ago

You fold. The betting pattern indicates a high pocket pair, and the Q on the turn is even worse news. Yes, you have outs, but do you put your tournament on the line for a coin toss?

The is a easy, yet painful fold.

 
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neil0707
over 11 years ago

Should fold. However i go all in, if im beaten then i kick him in the nuts and rob his wallet. Not something i would recommend but im very sprightly on my feet...lol

 
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paleni
over 11 years ago

The only hand you really beat is AK (unless the button is a maniac), I dont think your opponent has AK enough times in this situation to make the call profitable. His range is around AA-TT, AK, AQ. If he holds AQ, AA, KK, QQ, TT, your crushed and risking a lot of chips with the worse hand.

 
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PsyintZ
over 5 years ago

Well, with no info I guess it just comes down to standards, right? We don't beat AA, KK, QQ, TT, 99, 77, AQ, KQ or QJ. We chop JJ. We beat AK, AJ, AT, A9 and 88. Looks like a fold to me. Albeit a frustrating one.

 
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