[NL2-NL10] [MSS-NL5] hero has 2nd pair, villain bets small on river

    • datalogg
      Joined: 13.05.2011 Posts: 31
      In general the situation is:
      1) hero has top pair (or overpair) at flop, value bets and one opponent calls
      2) turn brings a higher card (usually A or K) and both check, now hero has 2nd pair
      3) river is irrelevant and villain bets really small (20-30% of pot)

      Here is an example.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      BU (Hero):

      Preflop: Hero is BU with J, J.
      UTG1 calls $0.05, 4 folds, CO raises to $0.10, Hero raises to $0.35, 2 folds, UTG1 calls $0.30, CO folds.

      Flop: ($0.87) 5, 9, 3 (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, Hero bets $0.65, UTG1 calls $0.65.

      Turn: ($2.17) A (2 players)
      UTG1 checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($2.17) 6 (2 players)
      UTG1 bets $0.45, Hero calls $0.45.

      Final Pot: $3.07.
      Results follow:

      UTG1 shows a pair of aces(A 4).
      Hero shows a pair of jacks(J J).

      UTG1 wins with a pair of aces(A 4).

      Here villain bets 20% of pot here on the river. This means that I need to win at least 1 of 7 times to have profit, right?
      How whould you play the river?
      Would it be better to bet small on the turn?
  • 1 reply
    • Gerv
      Joined: 07.05.2008 Posts: 17,678

      In this situation the Turn completes the flushdraw so that makes the hand a bit easier to play since more from his range has hit this Turn despite the overcard.

      You can bet smallish again on the Turn for thin value ($0.8) or check back and hope it gets checked down to showdown.
      When Villain bets pretty small, I would mostly call as loads of players would bet so small with 9x as well and we simply win versus that :)

      Best regards,