Playing 1-2 live, seven handed. Its about three hours into the session. Two players are on heaters, everyone else is getting whipped. One of these players has to leave and posts a $50 straddle. (This player scheduled an early departure, not a hit-n-run.)
Cast of Characters:
This is villain on villain action. I am posting this hand because of the huge difference of opinion about how to play it. I don't have doubts at the moment but perhaps Chip Talk will offer some insight.
UTG sits with $550 up from a $60 starting stack. UTG rarely plays in my cash games, but when he does it is always 1/1 or 1/2. I don't know if UTG plays much cash elsewhere, but he plays all the bar freerolls in the area. This is reflected in his play - greatly over values one pair hands, doesn't have a clue about deep stacks, plays a poor mix of calling station with occational unthinking bluffs. I don't know that I have ever seen UTG with a winning session out of maybe 6-10 sessions. I consider him the softest spot at the table. UTG doesn't seem to think about what the other players have or what they might make of his betting.
UTG hasn't ever seen a straddle before this game. This hand will be his first try. He seems guilty about leaving the table early with most of the money so he offers up a $50 as "a chance to get your money back". For what it is worth, I think $550 is significant money to this guy but it isn't his rent or car payment. I think he would rather book a big win rather than flipping a coin.
"Hero" holds the button with a $900 stack on a $500 buy-in. (Hero isn't me in this hand.) Hero and UTG play in the bar games from time to time and are well known to each other. Hero starts the night a thinking loose / semi aggressive. One of the tougher spots at the table. When he gets ahead, like now, he is far more willing to take chances.
UTG on his
last hand of the night straddles for $50. MP calls $50. Hero is dealt A
and calls. (Personally I either raise or fold here. We are playing very short stacked given the $50 straddle. Given the stack sizes, I'd have raised to $150.) BB calls, UTG checks his option. $201 in the pot, four way action.
. UTG and MP check. Hero bets $100. BB folds, UTG pushes for $500, $400 on top. MP folds. Hero owes $400 to call, he is getting 2-1 on his money.
Should Hero fold or call? Why?