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Beginner Poker Question

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:37 pm
by ctzehock
A little background: I just began playing NLHM on pokerstars, I'm a beginner and playing the micro stake tournament. I'm thinking of improving my game b4 moving up the stakes. So while playing the games, there are several question that comes into my mind, and hope that somebody could answer them.

If the hole card, is a small to medium, pocket pairs (22 to 99), is it consider a very strong hand ??
I see alot of people going pre-flop all-in, just to reveal they hold a medium pocket pairs. But sometimes it did beat the AK and AQ cards

Let say that I'm out of position (having to act first) and holds a AK hole card or even a KK hole card. So I bet 4 times the big blind..Someone after me, in position, 3-bet me and goes all-in. Having such cards, I called. And they revealed their cards: Pocket Aces!!. And I lost the hand.
How do you avoid such scenarios ?? Should I have fold when he 3-bet me ??

Re: Beginner Poker Question

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:28 pm
by kklp
1) some people like to go for early flips in tournys so that they can gather some chips and hopefully start pushing their tables around. i generally tend to keep things tighter and not go for flips in the earlier blind levels - sure you've seen 22 to 99 beat AK AQ, but i'm sure you've seen AK/AQ beat them too.

2) how do you avoid AK/KK going up against AA? you can't. unless you have some kind of software that allows you to see their hole cards, otherwise i dont think its possible to fold AK/KK to a 3-bet (of course another factor to consider is your read on your opponent, does he 3-bet strong or weak?)

Re: Beginner Poker Question

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:28 pm
by ctzehock
Thanks for the reply.

1) I seen my fair share of AK/AQ beating up the these mid pairs. I'm just curious, how strong it's this hole cards, is it really worth going all-in ??

2) At the micro tables, I seen so many people going all-in with not really strong hands, so this become difficult to read whether the 3-bet is really just a KQ or a AA