I was playing a $16.5 NLHE [Bubble Rush] last night where I wake up with AK when I had 11bb remaining. 344 entries, 26 remaining.
A few hands earlier I woke up with JJ and QQ with around 10bbs each time and as is often considered a standard move in those spots when one is so short and the blinds are moving up, I shoved them in in but people gave me no action. This time I wanted to get the most out of my AK, although uncontested money never hurts, so I decide to limp as UTG+1 and hope for someone intending to punish me for limping.
The hand played as follows:
What would you have done differently? I have a few thoughts and would like your input.
a) Should I simply shove even though I think people are holding a little too tight around their stacks at that point at my table to avoid too many getting in for cheap?
b) Should I perhaps raise to 2-3 bbs preflop, hope to get raised so I can go all in with what's likely the best hand at that point?
c) Change nothing, considering I don't think I'll get called with a weaker hand at this point considering how the players have been playing at the table.
On the flop I'm pretty happy about my hand and I decide to continue with my story, that I'm not strong, so I decide to check with the intention of trapping and get the most amount of chips as possible. The board is a rainbow so when the raise from the cut-off arrives I decide to continue with my story and simply call, allowing the high-jack to join. The bet is small and both of them could have any Ax or pocket pairs or Broadway cards which should not be too scary for me at this point as I block some of those.
The turn is a pretty good card for me. I decide to check with the intention of going all in if the flop-raiser goes for it again. That's the case and we go 3-way to the river .
On the river villain makes a back-door flush draw after having had the KQ of spades and I'm out. That's not particularity what bothers me since I extracted the maximum amount of chips possible from the two villains and I got in with the best hand on the turn. What I'm concerned about here is whether you would have played this differently and how?
I understand there can be many ways to play this and it's alright to mix things up, but I'm interested in hearing your overall analysis on the hand. Cheers.
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