Because I'm obviously trending a certain way lately, and PirateLawyer keeps telling me, in so many words, to quit overplaying AK preflop..... let's actually talk about this tourney situation with midsize stacks.
There are some good threads around that talk about playing AK, though not in a similar spot...
(I'd mention a specific 2+2 post, but they all always end with ARRRR INNN)
Obviously, with 15-20BB, if you open-raise and get reraised, it's a standard fourbet-shove or fold spot, and you'll only consider folding if villain is a KING UBER NIT. In position, you might, might flat and see a flop heads up, but that's pretty unlikely and you'll probably end up shoving preflop anyway with these stacks regardless of where the action's coming from.
With a deep stack over 60BB or more, out of position with AK, you've got a lot more options.
-you can flat a threebet and put yourself in a tough but playable spot
-fourbet if you think you're getting threebet light
-or even fold with a read -
but I don't think anyone thinks a fourbet shove that deep with AK is an optimal line - it's just too many chips, you're practically never getting called light, yadayadyada.... There's a place for it in the right spot, but not all the time.
However, I keep running into spots with 40-50BB effective stacks..
-I don't want to open limp AK, so I standard open 2.5-3.5BB
-I get pot reraised to 9-11BB by a decent player in position
-And now I either
*call off 20% of the stack preflop, hope to crush a flop and get paid off
*shove - which is aggressive and puts pressure on villain, but also allows him to fold AQ/JJ/TT and only call with AA/KK/QQ/AK leaving me running at 40% equity (I really don't care if villain is holding anything else or goofing around - they can call or fold with JTo/76s/55, w/e, I'm probably making money either way)
*fold. ick ick ick. Safe, preserves your stack, but probably not +EV in the long term
*make some ridiculous fourbet for 1/2 my stack in a "I'm a monkey, I have AA" line to get someone to level themselves and hero fold QQ or AK. (yeah, right)
I'm not talking about calling your stack off to a shove or playing AK in position or anything postflop.
I'm talking about preflop, out of position, facing a reraise with AK, in a tournament, with a stack that's a little too big to insta-shove, but not quite big enough to simply flat with and take a flop.
Where's the inflection point between shoving and flatting? 30BB? Deeper? Shallower?
Is folding ever the best option?
Preferred lines, ladies and gentlemen? Comments welcome...
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