[NL2-NL10] NL2 Betting the river

    • Krishjanis
      Krishjanis
      Bronze
      Joined: 04.01.2010 Posts: 977
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $0.84
      MP3:
      $2.41
      CO:
      $1.94
      BU:
      $0.57
      SB:
      $0.43
      BB (Hero):
      $2.30
      UTG2:
      $1.83
      MP1:
      $3.09


      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, J.
      3 folds, MP3 calls $0.02, 3 folds, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0.05) 4, 9, 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.03, MP3 calls $0.03.

      Turn: ($0.11) Q (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.08, MP3 calls $0.08.

      River: ($0.27) 3 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.10, MP3 folds, Hero gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $0.27.

      So I got my Q and decided to bet on the river to get value, but should I even make the bet because I can't really see something that would call me that I have beat. I bet so small to hope he will call because it's not that expensive but should I bet bigger just because the small bet might make them reraise me?
  • 2 replies
    • yaxkukmian
      yaxkukmian
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.12.2007 Posts: 2,020
      Flop: I don't like your leading out here. If you get called you build the pot you don't really like. And what's your plan? To 2 barrel it? Hmm, no point in doing that. I would just check here.

      Turn: We hit our out and we are way ahead. The board is quite dry so we're not afraid of many river cards (except A, K, :club:) . I think betting here is ok, because FD came up and we may be called by some PP or some 9x.

      River: We can't get 3 streets of value with this board, especially playing limped pot. If you decide to bet, bet at least 1/2 pot, but I don't expect to be called often. I tend to check/call here.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello Krishjanis,

      Well, I actually don't even mind your play in this spot. You definitely even have fold equity on flop and of course might even be ahead with your Q high. Nice hand! I would most likely play the same way, although sometimes I even raise preflop. :)

      Best regards.