[NL20-NL50] Ak

    • Jan217
      Joined: 02.01.2009 Posts: 626
      Villain plays 16/14 with an EP open of 15% over 199hands.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      CO (Hero):

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A, K.
      MP2 raises to $0.85, MP3 folds, Hero calls $0.85, 2 folds, BB calls $0.60.

      Flop: ($2.65) A, 8, 5 (3 players)
      BB checks, MP2 bets $1.76, Hero raises to $4.52, BB folds, MP2 calls $2.76.

      Turn: ($11.69) 3 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($11.69) 7 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero bets $5.75, MP2 calls $5.75.

      Final Pot: $23.19.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of aces(Ac Ks).
      MP2 shows a pair of aces(As Qd).

      Hero wins with a pair of aces(Ac Ks).

      I decided to raise the flop to avoid losing value vs weaker aces when the turn brings another heart, planning to then check back most turns to avoid showing too much strength and to give him a chance to bluff the river with busted hearts. On heart turns I planned to bet/fold since I can get value from a lot more Axh combos which will call again. Should my bet sizing on the river be any bigger? Did I play this hand optimally?


  • 3 replies
    • jachis
      Joined: 07.04.2008 Posts: 745
      I think the flop raise should be bigger, you give him good odds for a call. I think i'd bet the turn not to big thou. I dont think his folding his AQ,AJ that easily, maybe AT folds, his FD still calls.

      As you played, I think Id still bet the river slightly bigger like 6.5-7.
    • Wriggers
      Joined: 21.07.2009 Posts: 3,250
      Yeah I think bet the turn about $6.50 just to make him pay for any draws he might have, and then you cna bet about $13-$15 on any non-heart river, I doubt he'd be folding his AQ/AJ to this, and if he has a strong hand like a set he'd raise the turn in my opinion and this would be an easy fold.

      As jachis said, you can make the flop raise a bit bigger, to like $5.75 or $6.
    • Kaitz20
      Joined: 02.02.2007 Posts: 27,343
      Better to 3-bet pf, since AK likes to play rather with initiative and heads up.
      Postflop is played fine, although I´d bet 7$ on the turn to get value from Ax and from draws and then bet half potsize bet on blank river