[NL2-NL10] two-pair vs. check/raise on river

    • jockel80
      jockel80
      Bronze
      Joined: 15.11.2010 Posts: 31
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $1.47
      SB:
      $2.72
      BB:
      $0.99
      MP3 (Hero):
      $1.97
      CO:
      $2.12


      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A, J.
      Hero raises to $0.08, 2 folds, SB calls $0.07, BB folds.

      Flop: ($0.18) J, 3, 9 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.12, SB calls $0.12.

      Turn: ($0.42) T (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.20, SB calls $0.20.

      River: ($0.82) A (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.80, SB raises to $1.60, Hero calls $0.77(All-In).

      Final Pot: $3.99.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and jacks(Ad Js).
      SB shows a straight, ace high(Qd Kh).

      SB wins with a straight, ace high(Qd Kh).

      I guess calling on turn is a mistake because the (non-bluff) hands that make sense are

      a) TT, JJ, 99,33 or KQ, 78 (beating me)
      b) JT, 9T (which I beat)

      where a) is more likely. On the other hand I have a hard time folding because I could get kicked out too easily with such a strong hand, for example, if he bluffs with a missed straight draw.
  • 2 replies
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Preflop and flop play are ok.

      Turn isn't perfect card but it's doesn't look so dangerous. I would bet more like 2/3 of the pot. If he reraises me here he could have some connectors so folding would probably be the best option. Your 1/2 pot bet is not good in my opinion because even if he's drawing he gets nice price to see the river.

      River is quite ugly because it looks ok. There aren't many obvious hands that beat us.

      I don't agree with your thoughts about his range...

      With TT, JJ, he reraises you preflop. That's why I would probably go broke here (without any info about player).
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello jockel80,

      I'd bet the turn like $0,30 and otherwise might even bet a bit less on river like $0,40-0,50 or something similar. There aren't just many hands which he would easily Call us and if we bet smaller we might even get Called by a lot weaker hands, weaker pairs. But as played I'd just fold to the shove, we don't really beat much there when he picks such a line. That's also a reason why I like betting a bit smaller there that it also gives us room to fold.

      Best regards.