8♠8♣ Preflop vs a Reraise, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT:
In a Tournament where blinds are 500/1000 action is folded around to you in the Small Blind with 8♠8♣. You raise 3.5x and the Big Blind reraises to 8000. Action is on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: Preflop it is folded around to us in the Small Blind with 8♠8♣. Eights is a huge hand blind vs blind and we raise accordingly to 3,500 chips. Our opponent then makes a small reraise to 8,000.

This small reraise sizing can indicate a strong hand range from some players. Our opponent is unlikely to expect us to fold indicating they are less likely to be bluffing here, however our hand is also VERY strong given this is a heads up situation.

There are already 12,500 chips in the pot and our opponent has 16,000 chips behind. If we were to get the rest of our chips in preflop in this situation we would be risking another 20,500 to win 28,500. That means we would need more than 40% equity versus their range to be able to continue profitably here.

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If we consider the possible ranges they could be taking this action with:

  • In the worst case scenario, if they are only reraising small with QQ+/AK, we would have nearly 36% equity.
  • If they are doing this with a more reasonable range of 66+, ATs+, A5s-A2s, KQs, ATo+, KQo, then we have over 49% equity.

By default we would want to assume our opponent has the more reasonable range, especially since we have them covered by enough chips here to make opportunity cost not much of an issue.

If we had some sort of opponent specific read that our opponent’s range was skewed toward the tighter QQ+/AK range, then we could justify just calling or even folding preflop, but without that information our hand is way too strong here.

Moving all-in is the best play.

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