WPT GTO Trainer Hands of the Week: MP2 5x Open Vs BTN 3x 3-Bet
This week you are in a tournament spot, and given the pay jumps and the presence of a 10BB and 12BB stack, you are strongly incentivized to not bust out of the tournament at this point.
One of the first things to note about this spot is that the Stack to Pot Ratio (SPR) is extremely low. There are 17.5BBs in the pot and only 22BBs left in the effective stack, making for a very shallow SPR of 1.25 to 1. This fact, along with the real money considerations, should alter your play quite a bit compared to deeper stacked cash game spots.
With strong one pair hands on the flop, you should often consider raising all-in after your opponent c-bets on coordinated boards. This strategy protects your hand and doesn’t allow cheap turn cards for your opponent and is especially important to the one-pair hand that are more vulnerable to overcards.
With good draws such as an open-ended straight draw or flush draw, you should often play passively in order to avoid busting out. All-in semi-bluffs with draws should generally be avoided when there are multiple shorter stacks at a final table with significant pay jumps.
When your opponent checks you on the Button, you can often take stabs at the pot with a variety of hands. However, you should avoid calling all-ins without hands with high equity. The ICM pressure of this spot dictates that you should fold to an all-in with marginal hands.
You should usually only float with hands that have strong board interaction, blocker effects, and multiple ways to win. When you do float, be prepared to take stabs on the turn when you block strong hands.
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