Playing 1-2 live, eight handed. It is about three hours into the game. Crazy has just joined the game in the last 30-minutes and has totally changed the dynamic. Its like a school of Piranha when a cow tries to cross the river . . . .
This is intended to be an easy hand, but it should be a good example for the basic thought process - give a range, calculate your equity and compare it to the pot. No implied odds, no multi way decisions, no future streets to consider.
Cast of character:
Hero sits with $135. He is still nursing his original $60 buy-in even though the rest of the table is averaging $400. Hero is tighter than the rest of the table, generally predictable - plays ABC poker. (But then there are occational times Hero gets out of line.) We have all seen this play from Hero before - push into a good sized pot preflop after lots of folks wade in. Hero mostly shows down a reasonable hand.
Hero sits in the big blind, crazy straddles $4. UTG+1 makes it $17, folds to Button who calls. Villain sits in the SB and calls. Hero pushes for $135 total. All fold to villain in the small blind.
Villain has 7
. Does he fold or call? The pot is $190 ($4 +$17 + $17 + $17 + $135). villain owes $118 to call.
To make the math easy at the table - a couple of useful facts:
77 is almost a 55-45 favorite vs two over cards (not quite though, so if its really close err on the cautious side.)
77 is an 20-80 dog vs an over pair.
77 is a 70-30 favorite vs one over card (if anyone puts such a hand into Hero's range)
Bonus question - what are we to think about Hero's short stack (especially with Crazy joining the game)? We know money isn't the issue. We know Hero often plays very deep, though he rarely buys-in for more than $300 no matter how deep the rest of the table is.