I'm currently watching the 1998 movie Rounders. This scene occurs at the very beginning of the movie.
- Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) sits under the gun at a 4-max table with As-9s. He raises 3x.
- UTG+1 folds, but Teddy "KGB" (John Malkovich) in small blind calls with AA.
- The flop brings A9X and Teddy checks and Mike overbets 4x pot size to fake that he wants to scare Teddy out of the hand.
- The turn is another 9 and gives Mike a full house. Teddy checks and Matt checks assuming Teddy has a flush draw.
- Teddy bets, and Mike raises all-in.
- Teddy calls, shows AAA99 and wins against Mike's 999AA.
The question now is, that I thought about that play and it would never happen to me, because I would have re-raised preflop with AA. I have further thought that I could call as well, but the chance to bust against a lower pair that hits a set on the board is given and that's why I have always solid played good starting hands.
Is calling a preflop bet with AA profitable longer term?
In this situation it worked out, but in 1000 similar situations, would AA call be profitable?
Because I'm sure, in a real situation, Mike with A9 would have folded a raise by Teddy and the whole situation wouldn't have happened.
Teddy also leaves the table after the hand while other players still have a stack, suggesting it is a cash game. Would the type of game, cash versus tournament, influence the decision?