I'm UTG at an 8 player final table. Four people get paid and the blinds are 50/100. I have 1410 in chips. I've been short stacked all game and I just recently doubled up getting all-in with AA and having them hold against 22. There is only one big stack with around 12000 in chips. Everyone else is scattered around 2500-4000. I pick up KK. Now I only have 14 BBs, but obviously I want to get doubled up on this hand. I raised to 350 and another player with 1415 called. Everyone else folded. I bet half my stack on the flop and he re-raised all in. I called. My question is though, would it have been better to just push UTG or is my stop and go and better play? If an A flops however, I'd be in a tough spot, but if the other player had a big A he'd prolly re-raise all-in with his stack being so short. All in all, what's my best approach?
Stop and Go means that someone else raises pre flop, and instead of reraising you just call and then push allin on the flop. It only works when you are closing the action preflop (last to act) and opening the action on the flop (first to act). So what you just described is not a stop and go.
The way you played your hand is perfect. Open pushing 14bb's from UTG won't do much for you besides take the blinds down most of the time. Very few people are going to call a push that big with a hand that you are beating besides maybe QQ and JJ if the players are a little loose and/or desperate themselves.
I like your line nh.
thanks, I was just wondering if I could have played it any differently...I read phil gordons section on short stack play in the new Full Tilt Strategy Guide Tournament Edition and I thought what I described was also considered a stop and go, but after a re-read I was wrong