A♠J♦ vs Raise and a Call Preflop, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT: Preflop, it folds to the Hijack who raises. The Cutoff folds and the Button calls. The Small Blind folds. You are holding A♠J♦. Action is on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: After the Hijack raises and the button calls, action is on us in the Big Blind with AJ. With just over 15 big blinds in our stack, we have an excellent stack size for a reshove. Stack sizes between 10 and 20 big blinds allow us to reshove preflop very effectively, since we have enough chips to create fold equity but not so many chips that we are giving ourselves a poor risk to reward ratio.

In this hand, we are risking about 6000 chips to win just over 3000 chips, so we can potentially increase our stack size by 50% without a showdown. This is an excellent risk to reward ratio for us. In addition, our hand has value against a Hijack open and a Button call. Had the initial raise come from early position, the best play would have been to fold.

However, against a Hijack raise and a Button call, we should move all-in. We can win this pot uncontested a fair portion of the time and still have reasonable equity when our all-in is called.

Moving all-in is the best play.

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