Game type: $150 NLHE Tournament, PokerStars
Stage of tourney: Fairly early
Your image: Active
Opponent’s image: No read
Your hand: A♦Q♦
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The setup: In this hand, the under-the-gun player limped in. Holding Ad Qd, I decided to raise. In the early stages of a tournament, a general rule of thumb is to simply add a big blind to your raise when someone has limped in front of you. In this case, rather than making a standard raise of three times the big blind, I made it $600, four times the big blind. This larger raise comes into play for a few key reasons. First, I was also in early position and wanted to eliminate other callers. Secondly, I wanted to make sure that my opponent had the chance to fold better hands, namely smaller pairs, to my raise. A raise to three times the big blind would have allowed my opponent to profitably see many more flops.
It was folded back to the under-the-gun player, who called. This call was my first piece of information to help me determine his possible range of hands.
With the pot size at $1,425, the flop came Kd Tc 3h. My opponent moved all-in for $1,755 more.
What’s your play?
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