6♠6♥ vs a Reraise All-In, what do you do here?

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Decision Point: It folds to you in the Hijack seat and you raise with 6♠6♥. It folds to the Button who raises all-In. Both blinds fold. Action is on you, what do you do here?

Pro Answer: Any time your opponent is all-in, you should determine your pot odds. In this case, there is around 8000 chips in the pot and it costs you an additional 4950 to call, giving you pot odds of 8000-4950 or about 1.6-1. Given these odds, you need to have at least 38% equity in the hand to continue (1.6-1 is roughly equal to 62-38). Another way to calculate the equity needed to call is to divide the call amount by the total future pot size (4950/12950 = .38 or 38%).

Holding 66, we are likely to have more than 38% equity against most opponent’s hand ranges. We have just over 38% equity against the hand range of 77+, AJs+, KQs, AJo+, KQo (pocket pairs 77 or higher, Ace Jack or higher and King Queen, suited and offsuit versions for all).

Thus we can use this hand range as a milestone for our estimated profitability. If our opponent has this hand range or wider, we should call. If our opponent has a narrower hand range than this, we should fold.

Many opponents will reshove their 15 big blind stack with a much wider hand range than this, therefore we should call this all-in as our default play. We would need information that a specific opponent reshoves only with fewer, more premium hands in order for us to fold this hand preflop.

However, in general, calling this preflop all-in is the best play.

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