8♠8♣ Preflop vs a Tight Opponent, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Tournament, a tight player raises in Early Position. It folds around to you in the Big Blind with 8♠8♣. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: With open raises of 5 BB or more and 50 BB or lower stacks, we should not have a calling range from the Big Blind in most cases. We should typically reraise or fold in this spot.
Against an unknown opponent raising UTG+1 pre-antes on a 10-handed table, we can assign our opponent a default range of around 10% of hands, which includes most pairs and most suited broadways. When Villain has that range we should fold 88 given this raise size and these stacks.
If our opponent opened to 3 BBs, we should defend our blind by calling, but at 5BBs we should simply fold. Calling to see flops for 4 BBs or more out of position won’t be profitable at this stack depth.
If they are opening a wider range from EP than default, then we should move all-in preflop with our 88. For example, if our opponents are opening 20% of hands from this seat, then shoving with our 88 is quite profitable.
Given the info provided, folding is the best play.
How would you play it?
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