Should I played differently.

John ValentineJohn Valentine Red Chipper Posts: 49 ✭✭
This happened last Sunday afternoon at Harrahs casino. I was in the CO. The button straddles for $6. Everyone folds. I have AA. I bet $15. Villian folds. I win $10. What if I just called villains see straddle? I'm ahead of everything he has. Could I have made more money. Yes I know that I'm giving v. a free cards, the flop, to draw out and beat me. Just wondering if a call preflop in this situation is more profitable, than a raise?

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  • RedRed Red Chipper Posts: 2,160 ✭✭✭✭
    When they always fold, you should look to increase your frequencies and make money with your none equity hands - maybe even any two cards.

    When you're lowering your price, you make your task of building the pot more difficult, and you open the door for V to out-flop you for a too good of a price.
  • RCP Coach - Fausto ValdezRCP Coach - Fausto Valdez RCP Coach Posts: 859 ✭✭✭✭
    @John Valentine ... No

    You are constantly playing a perceived range, the whole point of opening with a range preflop is because of the possibility of you having nothing at times. The more you do this, the more your nothing helps your top of range get paid because at some point, they will try to challenge you and see if you actually have it this time.
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  • arj1994arj1994 Red Chipper Posts: 1
    I agree to what both said, the answer is a definite no. Ofcourse the straddle is going to fold a ton of times. But that's not where the value comes from, the value comes from all the time the straddle has a weaker hand and decides to call. I don't ever think letting anyone cheaply see a flop with a monster is ever going to be +EV
  • TheGrindersCookbookTheGrindersCookbook Merrimack, NHRed Chipper Posts: 81 ✭✭
    Agree with everyone above, the only thing I think I would change is I would have sized up a bit more. There is already $10 in the pot, and you're OOP if button decides to call you. I think I would go closer to $15-20 preflop here. I have to think if you had 22-QQ you would be raising a little larger too.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,716 -
    Agree with everyone above, the only thing I think I would change is I would have sized up a bit more. There is already $10 in the pot, and you're OOP if button decides to call you. I think I would go closer to $15-20 preflop here. I have to think if you had 22-QQ you would be raising a little larger too.

    Agree with this, and would also note that most straddlers "defend" their straddles very wide, apparently as some misplaced matter of pride. The fact your small raise got a fold may simply indicate V had total garbage, but might reflect you're not raising enough pre.
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