At the Final Table with 8♠8♣, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: You are at the Final Table of a multi-table online Sit & Go Tournament with 100/200 blinds and a 20 chip ante. Eight players are left and 4 get paid. Action folds to the Button who raises to 600. The Small Blind folds and action is on you in the Big Blind with 8♠8♣. What do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: We are dealt pocket eights in the Big Blind in a multi-table online sit & go with 8 players remaining where 4 players get paid at 100/200 blinds with a 20 chip ante. It folds to the Button who makes a standard opening raise to 600 chips. The Small Blind folds and action is on us.
At this point in the tournament we are the fourth largest stack however that is largely irrelevant given we still have far to go until players are in the money. We are far from guaranteed a cash and our main focus at this point should be continuing to accumulate chips.
The Button should have a very wide range at this point. Villain is risking 600 chips to potentially win 460, which is a risk/reward ratio of approaching 1:1. With that risk vs reward the Button should be willing to raise a vast majority of their holdings, often surpassing 50% of all possible hands.
This would be a very compelling place to potentially make a move with a very wide range of hands. With over 1,000 chips in the pot and effective stacks of less than 6,000, just picking up the money in the middle represents nearly a 20% increase in the effective stacks. This is also a spot where the “range gap” of Villain is quite wide.
The Range Gap is the difference between the amount of hands your opponent is willing to open in a given situation versus the amount of hands they will continue with versus aggression. In this spot Villain could easily be opening 50-60% of hands and only continue with top 10-15% when we raise, meaning some players could be folding 75% of the time or more in this spot.
We have pocket eights which falls in the top 6% of all hands. This is a spot where, if we raise, we can not only expect to pick up a large chunk of chips a vast majority of the time, but we can also expect to even be ahead a reasonable amount of the time when called.
Given how far ahead of our opponent’s range we are in this spot, how many chips are in the middle, and the effective remaining stack here this is a great spot for a reraise.
Moving all-in is the best play.
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