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[NL2-NL10] NL2 - C-bet with AKs on this spot?

    • dondiego2000
      Joined: 25.08.2010 Posts: 84
      Full Tilt - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3:

      BB: $2.00
      Villain (UTG): $1.49
      Hero (UTG+1): $3.54
      MP: $1.40
      MP+1: $1.28
      CO: $1.94
      BTN: $2.39
      SB: $2.34

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has A:heart: K:heart:

      Villain raises to $0.04, Hero raises to $0.12, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Villain calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.27, 2 players) 9:spade: 2:spade: 6:spade:
      Villain checks, Hero ????

      Is that a good spot for a continuation bet here, in regards to the heavy coloration of the board?
  • 1 reply
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      Your hand has very little value on that flop since you don't have a spade, so you're not gonna start calling bets on later streets when you check back the flop, your hand isn't strong enough. Hence when you don't c-bet, you're actually giving up on the pot and passing on the initiative to villain. Against passive villains it doesn't matter much, they'll check it down with you unless they already a huge hand. Against aggressive villains, it means they'll have a free pass to take down the pot by betting any turn.

      Now that wouldn't be a problem if you were behind very often, but the truth is, for very suited spades hand out there, you have 3 suited hands of heart/club/diamond that flopped absolutely nothing and have no hope of improving either. Same thing for offsuit broadways without a spade, they have nothing to continue with. So relinquishing the pot to those hands that are just as dead as yours is very costly.

      My approach on this is to just c-bet the flop when in doubt, take it down against air hands, get some value with AK-high + overcard outs against very passive players who'll stick around with a naked spade which we're ahead of or/and small pairs which we'll outdraw ~25% of the time. The only times I don't, is when villain is so crazy he'll very often just go check/raising random crap, which we can't continue against. In those cases I'm willing to check it back and possibly bluff-catch a bit with AK-high if the board runs out right.

      Hope it helps.