[NL2-NL10] NL2 BB free play to 2-pairs flop

    • YuvalW
      YuvalW
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.05.2011 Posts: 30
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $2.01
      BB (Hero):
      $1.97
      MP1:
      $2.00
      MP2:
      $0.94
      MP3:
      $2.03
      CO:
      $4.22
      BU:
      $0.80


      Preflop: Hero is BB with 9, 2.
      3 folds, CO calls $0.02, 2 folds, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0.05) 2, 9, 3 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO checks.

      Turn: ($0.05) 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.03


      got a free play and saw the flop, which gave me 2 pairs, but I didn't feel like he'll commit any money, what was the correct thing to do?
  • 2 replies
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello YuvalW,

      Welcome to the NL BSS Hand Evaluation Forum! Hopefully we will see more hands from you in the future, so we will be able to help you fix your leaks and as well help move up the limits. We will be waiting for the next hands and till that good luck on tables!

      About the hand:
      Just bet the flop than Check it.

      Best regards.
    • NoOneSpcl
      NoOneSpcl
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.04.2011 Posts: 118
      I think betting the flop is best. His limp preflop probably means he has a weak drawing hand:

      low-medium pair, suited connectors, weak suited A etc... unless he's trying to play funny and trap with AA...

      But that doesn't change anything. If he hit something hard, it's a set, and you're already beat, and you might be stacking off anyway (somethings are hard or even impossible to get away from... it happens. You'll win most of the time), if he didn't, he either have nothing at all, in which case, it's unlikely you can get paid anyway, or he's drawing to a better hand than yours... in which case, you need to protect.

      Also, if playing for stacks here is +EV in the long run (and it most probably is), you want to build as big a pot as possible, and missing a whole street of betting means the pot would be much smaller and you won't be able to get all the money in by the river (with normal bets...).

      In many situations, the straightforward play is best. Especially when you have a huge hand which isn't connecting with the board in an obvious way (to your opponents).


      In the micro stakes, straightforward play gets even more points IMO.