Late in a Tournament with A♠K♦, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT:
Late in a Tournament where blinds are 10,000/20,000 an Under the Gun Player raises and the Hijack and Button call. You are in the Small Blind with A♠K♦ and action is on you. What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: There is an UTG raise and two callers late in a tournament and we have AKo in the Small Blind. Even though our opponent raised from early position, they still have a range that is likely at least 88+/AJ+/KQs, a range against which our hand is clearly ahead.

In addition, with several callers, the amount currently in the pot (245k) represents nearly a third of our current stack.

If we raise and everyone folds, we can potentially increase our stack by nearly a third. We are also ahead of our opponent’s ranges. This is a situation where even though we are late in a tournament it is just too good to pass up.

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If the stacks were much deeper we could potentially make a smaller re-raise here, but given the amount of money in the pot, our hand, and our opponent’s hand ranges this is a great spot to move all-in and potentially increase our stack to make a deep run in this tournament.

Moving all-in is the best play.

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