You are playing poker in your favorite Internet poker room, and you have chose to participate in a low buy-in tournament. In the very first hand of this tournament, you have been dealt a powerful Jack-King suited pocket hand, which you know has a probability win rate of 45.5%. Moreover, you were dealt this hand while you were in the big blind position at the table. Everyone at the table folds in this hand except for the player in the small blind, who decides to go "All In". Based on his move, should you call him or fold the hand?
Well, there are certain things to take into consideration here. First of all, in a low buy-in tournament, there are typically players that will exhibit erratic, impetuous behavior, particularly in the first hand of the tournament. This is something that you need to take into consideration, and you must keep your wits about you. If the buy-in were larger, this may be a different case, but for a low buy-in, this type of behavior can often be expected.
Statistically speaking, you have a hand that wins 45.5% of the time, and it is the 16th best pocket hand that you could have possibly received. Based on all of the above, this is a good situation to call your opponent, and remain in the hand. If you are super-conservative and elect to fold, you will live for another hand, and your opponent may have gotten the urge to bet heavy, out of his system. However, given the odds of winning, and given the possible impetuousness of your opponent in this very first hand, it is a good bet for you to remain in the hand.