Since at least half of the fun of playing on Replay is thinking about how you could have played a particular hand, here is one of my hands for your assessment. https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/612485731
Preflop is a pretty easy call of the initial raise IP with A9s. The open is tiny. You could 3-bet because the original raiser opens a respectable range (not the usual KK+ you see on Replay), but that would be turning the hand into a bluff with blocker value, and it has a respectable amount of equity to call in position rather than risk getting bet off it.
Now the other player min-3-bets, which to me reps massive strength. Some players might do this with a lot of hands just to take the initiative (didn’t have a lot of info about this player), but most Replay’ers just want to make the pot bigger and prevent opponents from folding. In my opinion almost any min-raise is a huge mistake, and this one is no exception because you allow it to go multiway and potentially get outflopped. So I call getting a great price. I don’t like calling out of position, but it’s a good price even against a nutted range and I want to try to flop a monster and make someone pay for overvaluing a big hand postflop.
The flop is where it gets interesting and shows the risks and benefits of a hand like A9s. Flop the nut flush draw on a QJ3 board, and it checks to the raiser. He bets pot, and UTG calls. I could call behind to get a decent price to chase the flush, but value could be lost if the flush hits without having the initiative in the hand. While he could be trying to buy the pot (a pot size c-bet is also generally a bad idea in my opinion), I expect him to have AA/KK/QQ or even JJ a lot of the time. The UTG player can have a much wider range to call with like AQ/AJ/KQ/KJ/QT, which really should not be able to call a shove, and I have plenty of outs against KK, Qx, and even AA/QQ/QJ. But this is where the Replay factor comes in. It is not a good idea to expect anyone here to fold AA or top pair top kicker, so I was expecting to get called most of the time. But my hand has plenty of equity against the 3-bettor’s AA/KK and if the other player might call with a Qx hand then it just becomes more profitable.
What is weird about this hand is that shoving seems like the right play even knowing it is unlikely to get both opponents to fold. Maybe it could be argued that my skill edge makes it unwise to go for stacks with only a small profit margin, but how else can the hand be played? Fold pre? Fold flop? Call and maybe not get paid? What it really makes me think is that I should also be playing flopped sets and 2-pairs the same way on draw-heavy flops and just going for maximum value. Adding monster hands to semi-bluff shoves should be extremely profitable. What do you think?
For the record, if I am in the exact spot the 3-bettor is in getting shoved on by an unknown on Replay, I may very well fold AA because there is so little bluffing going on. The bet is very polarizing, so it would be foolish but not unheard of to play AQ/KQ this way, so if it is a bluff then it is likely a flush draw or combo draw that has a lot of equity, and if it is for value then you are drawing very thin against QQ/JJ/33/QJ.