Friday, February 17, 2012
Would you fold kings?
Above: I've been running hot, then red-hot and now white-hot.
Don't you love the discussions that ask: "When is it right to fold kings pre-flop?" I'm sorry, but I'm not good enough to do that. Maybe, if I were playing live and had a good read on a player, I might? Notice I said 'maybe' and 'might.'
Early in today's Bovada $12+1 MTT, there were four limpers to me and I had: ♦K ♣K. I raised to twice the size of the pot (around $350) and the first limper moved all in. That's how many players (mistakenly) play A-A, so you fold, right?
I don't think so. The screen-shot below shows why it's almost never right to fold K-K pre-flop:
Above: At the final table, I picked up ♥2 ♠4 and made my normal raise (2.5 times the big blind). You're asking why? Well, top players know a secret that you won't find in books or instructional videos. The mighty 2-4 is the strongest starting hand in poker. If you haven't heard of this, add it to your arsenal. You can thank me later.
There was one caller. The flop was A-J-2 and I made a standard continuation bet. The villain check-raised me. I have a confession to make -- I folded. Yes, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I did. I hope this guy can forgive me for my heathen ways. I'll try to do better next time.
Above: Three handed, I had the villain covered, all-in, and on the ropes. An 8 on the turn was brutal.
Above: The busto hand. K-J < Q-3, ouch.