# Playing Top 10 vs. Animals Preflop

## 8 terms · Phil Hellmuth Strategy

### PREFLOP Game is \$3-\$6. You have 99 in the sB, and JACK in third position raised it to two bets (\$6). MUFASA in fourth position makes it three bets (\$9). Now, MICKEY on the button makes it four bets (\$12). What should you do?

BEWARE THE MOUSE - beware the LION

- you decide MICKEY probably has AA or KK, and fold your hand
- small pair is 4.5 to 1 underdog against big pair

- MUFASA probably has a good hand also since he re-raised and made it three bets, so you should only play top 6 hands (AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010, AK) and fold 99, 88, 77, or AQ.

### PREFLOP Game is \$3-\$6. You have AK in the second position and raise it to two bets (\$6). DUMBO in fourth position calls the (\$6). JACK is in the sB and re-raises to three bets (\$9). What should you do?

RERAISE THE JACKEL

- you decide JACK probably raised with a hand to weak to raise with, so you re-raise to four bets (\$12)

- DUMBO probably called with a hand too weak to call with and now has to call two more bets (\$6 more)

- putting in extra bets now makes the pot so large that you'll prob be forced to play the hand farther than you'd want to, which will make it easier to call down a bluff from JACK with just Ace high.

### PREFLOP You have KK, QQ, or AK in any position before the flop. What should you do?

JAM THE POT

- put as many bets out there as you can before the flop

### PREFLOP You have AA in any position before the flop. What should you do?

JAM THE POT

- put as many bets out there as you can before the flop

### PREFLOP You have JJ in any position before the flop. What should you do?

JAM THE POT - BEWARE THE MOUSE

- put as many bets out there as you can before the flop
- only fold if MICKEY re-raises and you think you are beat

### PREFLOP What should you do when MICKEY makes a raise or a re-raise (two bets or three bets)?

BE WARY AND PLAY ONLY TOP 6 HANDS

- play AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010 or AK
- fold 99, 88, 77, or AQ

### PREFLOP What should you do when MUFASA re-raises (makes it three bets)?

SCALE BACK A BIT AND PLAY ONLY TOP 6 HANDS

- play AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010 or AK
- fold 99, 88, 77, or AQ

### PREFLOP What should you do when DUMBO re-raises (makes it three bets)?

PLAY ONLY TOP 6 HANDS
(it is out of the ordinary for DUMBO ever to bet his own hand so he is probably really strong)

- play AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010 or AK
- fold 99, 88, 77, or AQ