Thursday, August 20, 2009

Squeeze opportunity or donk play?

Perhaps some of you can help me out with these two questions:

Full Tilt Poker $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+1: $8.48
UTG+2: $26.70
MP1: $25.00
Hero (MP2): $53.37
CO: $27.33
BTN: $5.00
SB: $41.47
BB: $6.38
UTG: $35.98

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is MP2 with Ac Qh
UTG raises to $0.85, UTG+1 calls $0.85, 1 fold, MP1 calls $0.85, Hero calls $0.85, 4 folds
Tight (13/10) UTG. If this were a looser UTG, I'd be more prone to RR here with all of the callers.

First question: Is this an incorrect approach? Am I wrong to re-raise an UTG open EVER, particularly with all of the callers? Does my answer change with AK? (Clearly, I want to isolate with a premium pocket pair; with lower pairs I think I am calling to set mine.)

Second question: In looking at the 2 folds, both from blinds, is this an incorrect move, given 3 callers? If I'm in the blinds, am I getting correct odds to call any two? Better, am I getting correct odds to raise / squeeze any two here?

As bad as my smoothing the UTG raise with 2 callers behind me is, I felt it is all too obvious to squeeze from the button. However, if the blinds attempt a squeeze in this spot, is this profitable?

Flop: ($3.75) Kd 2c Qd (4 players)
UTG checks, UTG+1 checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $1.75, UTG folds, UTG+1 folds, MP1 folds
Well, it seems that all players have handed me the pot on a silver platter. This is an easy semi-bluff with second pair, which happens to be good.

Final Pot: $3.75
Hero wins $3.57
(Rake: $0.18)

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