J♣5♣ in the Small Blind, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT: In a Tournament, it folds to you in the Small Blind. You have been dealt J♣5♣. Action is on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: With less than 10 big blinds, you should usually adopt a Push/Fold strategy. Any hand you choose to play will be a Preflop all-in. When it folds to you in the Small Blind or other late position seats, you can adopt a Push/Fold strategy with 12 big blinds or less.

During Push/Fold play, most players focus too much on their hand and not enough on the number of players remaining in the hand. In this situation you only have one opponent remaining and can therefore move all-in with a very wide hand range.

There is 1150 in the pot and 5700 remaining in your stack. If you move all-in, you stand to potentially increase your stack size by 20% when you win the pot uncontested. Moving all-in is the best play. If you were in any other seat besides the Small Blind, this would be a fold. However, the fact that you only need to get one opponent to fold makes this a profitable all-in.

This makes shoving all-in preflop the best play.

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