PokerEncore.com’s Karl Mahrenholz tests out your poker skills with this tough hand from a recent major tournament. Can you work out the best move?
This hand comes from Day 2 of a recent GUKPT main event. There are currently 30 players remaining from a starting field of 268. 26 players will be getting paid. The minimum cash is £1,050 and first prize is around £40,000. I have been on the same table since the start of the day about five hours ago. I began the day with an above average stack and played with quite a loose image until losing a big preflop all-in with K-K v A-K. Since then I have been card dead and have just about maintained a 20BB stack.
In this hand it is folded to me in mid-position. I open to 4,800 with T-T. The player on the button then moves all-in for 16,000. He has recently lost most of his chips in a huge race and is visibly on tilt. The small blind folds and the big blind begins to think. He is a young and fairly inexperienced player, but someone who is clearly trying hard to learn and play his best. He has asked my advice during the break about some of the spots that have come up and, despite having a big stack of around 300,000 chips, he hasn’t been abusing the table. After around 30 seconds he announces all-in. What is my best play? Call or fold?
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