This is a long post, but can lead to fun discussion. I will lay out a scenario, including table reads, and solicit thoughts on what folks would do in the situations. As each street plays out (based on our consensus actions), there can be room for new discussions on why we are acting as we are. You are 4 handed at the final table of an MTT. Pay outs are: 1st place: $8,000 2nd place: $4,663 3rd place: $3,500 4th place: $2,750 Blinds = 10k/20k 2k ante, 45 min levels, level has just increased. next level = 15k/30k, 3k Start pot = 38k (30k SB/BB, 8k antes) Seat 1 (SB) = 200,000 (behind posted blind) Seat 2 (BB) = 1,100,000 (behind posted blind) Seat 3 (UTG) = 425,000 (after ante) Seat 4 (you, BTN) = 675,000 (after ante) Seat 3: has been very loose and aggressive pre flop throughout the event - recklessly so. At this point of the event you are pretty clear on a read that this player will enter on about a 50% range, including any A or any PP. He tends to limp the very bottom of his range (perhaps hoping to see a cheap flop?), as well as the very top end (AA/KK/QQ, but not JJ/AK). He tends to always raise, making it 3BB to go, with any 2 broadway hand, or any mid pp, raises or limps each about half the time each with suited K9/Q9/J9, any Ax, and T9o/98o type hands, as well as 50/50 raise/limp split with the pp under 77. All other weaker hands in his play range he will limp. Post flop S3 tends to be very aggressive in position, practically always firing into a check by the turn,and quite often doing so on the flop. OOP he is surprisingly reluctant to C bet (doing so only about 50% of the time), and your impression is that he will continue pre flop aggression only with top pair hands and the stronger 2 way draws, but will check/call as light as gut shot + overcard draws, or bottom pair with a board over. S3 also seems to river bluff busted draws more often than profitable (but not every time), and tends to turn hands with showdown value into bluffs on the river with some frequency as well. Seat 4 = YOU. Your impression of how your opponents view you, and the effect on their play this might have - You believe your are viewed by Seat 3 as a "good" tight/aggressive player based upon the fact he tends to think at least a little bit when in a hand with you. Overall though, your feeling is Seat 3 plays mainly by the strength of his own hand, and any info on others he uses tends to be informed by gut intuition supplied by a spottily effective "monkey brain" set of poker instincts. You believe Seat 1 is generally going to view you through tight and disciplined goggles rather than seeking ways to attack your possible individual weaknesses. He seems ABC in how he uses info on his opponents, and relies overly much on the fewer, but more expected, situational play adjustments to vary his tight game. In large part this means you do not expect him to read you as an especial "target" for steals/re-steals, but you do feel he will tend to make these plays at least occasionally, especially when most people would agree such a play is needful. You believe Seat 2 is a very strong opponent, who switches gears with great effacacy. He seems entirely aware that your stack is the one with the most to lose when in a hand against him, and at times he has seemed to be specifically attacking the least sniff ofweakness in your play. All through your time at the final table, Seat 2 has shown he has the ability to make impeccable decisions versus both weak and strong players, and seems to be especially good at at reading opponent hand strength. If anything, Seat 2 may be showing a tendency to call a bit too much against you, perhaps as a result of reading you as slightly over aggressive in your betting lines. Seat 1: seems to be in uber nit mode. Your read is that he is ladder climbing on the shortest stack, having lost about half his chips when his AK lost to Seat 3's A5s on the river after all chips got in pre flop a few hands ago. Your sense (although you are not certain) is that S1 feels S3 will self destruct soon, and he does not want to forego the chance at a "free" $750. Seat 2: Seems to be a very strong opponent. As we are short handed, labeling this very aware opponent as tight or loose is a little bit moot - he is switching things up so fast based on situations, stable reads of a general nature don't work. You do believe that he might be avoiding you in hands slightly, either through folding a bit tighter when you play, or trying to freeze you out pre flop a bit more often, to take on the 2 "weaker spots" at the table. ACTION: Cards are dealt, and Seat 3 looks at his hand. He quickly glances at you, and limps for 20k (Pot = 58k, S3 stack = 405k). You look left and see Seat 1 with his hands cupped over his cards (for short handed play, 2 sit each side of the dealer, approximately at the 7/8 and 4/5 spots). In the 2 seconds or so you look, Seat 1 seems to swallow hard, but without context you feel you cannot read anything into this. Seat 2 is watching the action, but you do not think he has looked at his cards. You check your hand and see: Kh Jh What do you do here?