A♠J♠ Preflop 6-Handed, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Tournament you are 6-handed and blinds are 1000/2000. The MP2 player limps and Hijack raises. Action is on you from the Small Blind with A♠J♠. What do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: We have about 17 big blinds total and are facing a limp from a 16 big blind stack and a min-raise from a 5 big blind stack. The short stack’s range is too wide to ever fold our hand.
Given these stack size and range considerations shorthanded we must continue and we should move all-in over the minraise. This would deny equity to the remaining players in the hand, especially MP2, who would not be able to call with many hands in their range given the now worse pot odds we are giving them after a shove.
Getting the pot heads-up against the short stack is the ideal outcome in this hand, so maximizing our fold equity with our range and shoving instead of raising smaller will be the most profitable line to take.
Moving all-in is the best play.
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