[NL2-NL10] 22 right to call the flop?

• Bronze
Joined: 14.02.2010
Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

Play hand

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

Known players:
BU:
\$20.99
SB:
\$3.10
BB:
\$13.37
UTG1:
\$2.13
UTG2:
\$12.71
MP1 (Hero):
\$6.61
MP2:
\$1.45
MP3:
\$5.00
CO:
\$3.07

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with 2, 2.
UTG1 raises to \$0.10, UTG2 folds, Hero calls \$0.10, MP2 calls \$0.10, 4 folds, BB calls \$0.05.

Flop: (\$0.42) 5, 4, 3 (4 players)
BB checks, UTG1 bets \$0.20, Hero calls \$0.20, MP2 folds, BB folds.

Turn: (\$0.82) 9 (2 players)
UTG1 checks, Hero checks.

River: (\$0.82) A (2 players)
UTG1 bets \$0.85, Hero raises to \$4.00, UTG1 calls \$0.98.

Final Pot: \$6.65.
Results follow:

Hero shows a straight, five high(2 2).
UTG1 shows a pair of aces(A 6).

Hero wins with a straight, five high(2 2).

UTG1 stats: 30/22/4.8/Cbet 45%/162 hands
• 3 replies
• Bronze
Joined: 27.11.2010
Hi, Sikac.

I don't like your call on the flop. The problem is: if your opponents have air they will seldom pay you off if the board is 6543. On the other hand, if one of them has a 7 there, or a 6 in the case of 543A, you lose your stack.

In other words, you don't have any implied odds, but have huge reverse implied odds.

Try never to draw to what's called the "idiot" side of the straight as it will cost you a lot of money; always aim for the top of the straight (in this case, if you had 66 the call would be much better). However, most usually drawing to weak straights with only one card (in your case, your 2) will not bring you much profit.
• Bronze
Joined: 02.01.2010
Originally posted by luizsilveira
Try never to draw to what's called the "idiot" side of the straight as it will cost you a lot of money; always aim for the top of the straight (in this case, if you had 66 the call would be much better).
This sums it up really well imo.

Same goes for flush draws when you hold small suited connectors like 76, 87 multiway. These hands go down in value a lot since you can easily be overflushed.
• Black
Joined: 20.07.2008
Hello Sikac,

Well, the common mistakes what people do here when they even hit their straight is that they just will never know where they stand. For example 67 already gives a straight, if he fires a huge bet on the turn and you maybe hit your Ace or whatsoever 6, you will rarely even be sure where you stand and most likely even trying to play for the stacks.

To avoid exactly such a spot rather fold it and don't draw for those given draws. We might even have reversed implied odds here. Especially when the guy ain't even fully stacked.

But as played and as you went for it then of course we are planning to play for the stacks since you also expect to play for the stacks then and be ahead with your hand.

Best Regards.