[NL2-NL10] NL5 A7s flush draw turn play - keep barrelling or take free card?

    • member001
      Joined: 18.03.2010 Posts: 288
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      0.02/0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant.Base 0.99 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A:heart: , 7:heart:
      UTG1 calls $0.05, 3 folds, MP3 calls $0.05, Hero raises to $0.25, 3 folds, UTG1 calls $0.20, MP3 folds.

      Flop: ($0.62) T:heart: , T:club: , 8:spade: (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, Hero bets $0.4, UTG1 calls $0.40.

      Turn: ($1.42) 4:heart: (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($1.42) K:heart: (2 players)
      UTG1 bets $1.06 (All-In), Hero calls $1.06.

      Final Pot: $3.54

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      UTG1 shows (Ac Td)
      Hero shows a flush, ace high (Ah 7h)

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high (Ah 7h)

      When I am playing a draw aggressively in position, there is often the choice on the turn of barrelling and keeping the pressure on, versus just taking the free card. How do I decide which is best?

      I was thinking that taking the free card is better if:
      - villain is somewhat loose / passive (because I have less fold equity)
      - effective stacks are smaller (again because less fold equity, and with deeper stacks I would still have the option, after barrelling on turn, of firing again on river)

      In the hand above I took the free card, for the given reasons.

      Am I basically thinking the right way about this stuff?

  • 1 reply
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello member001,

      Yep, your thoughts are correct. And basically there is no point to bet the turn while he doesn't even have a full stack and likely we don't have much fold equity anyways.

      Against some thinking players who might hold some smaller PPs which they are capable of folding we could consider 2nd barreling and when they likely holding a full stack.

      Best regards.