- $350 Live Tournament
- Cards: AKs (Diamonds)
- Hero Position: Big Blind (BB)
- Villain Position: Under the Gun (UTG)
- Hero Stack: 29,000
- Villain Stack: 27,500
- Villain has been running hot, several pocket pairs, talking up a big game, likely a pretty good overall.
- Hero has established a reputation for being tight-aggressive, not afraid to go all-in during early stages of the tournament.
- We are only in the 3rd round of the tournament so it is still very early.
- Villain: Bet 600
- Hero: Raise 2400
- Villain: All-In
- Hero: Call
Villain shows KK and it holds up vs. AKs (finding another K on the river for good measure).
I think I played this hand poorly and I am erring on the side of being hard on myself. I don't want to talk myself into this not being too bad of a play. At this early stage of a tournament I should not expect any decent player to shove all-in pre-flop this aggressively with anything less than QQ, which I was still behind on. Obviously KK is the top of anyone's range, but in hindsight the villain's hand was more or less face-up (that being either KK or AA) and I should have been able to fold AKs here. I think that is the crux of this issue here for me is being able to walk away from a hand like this. Also, as soon as I looked at the AKs, I remember reading something a while back about how dangerous AK/AKs can be early on in tournaments. I did not heed this advice but rather snap-called. I do want to be prepared to go all-in when raising if players behind jam, but another thing that bothered me about this play is that I did not stop to think longer after the villain went all-in. I think had I thought a bit longer about how the hand played out I could have found a fold here.
On the flipside, AKs vs. KK isn't as bad as I thought it was with all-in equity looking to be 33.69% vs. 65.48%. Not great for this early in a tournament, but not quite as dominated as I thought I was.