[NL2-NL10] Top Pair Pot Control

    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
      Gold
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 7 Players

      MP3: $0.83 (16.6 bb)
      CO: $2.15 (43 bb) 43/4/1.4/0.0/48
      Hero (BTN): $5.36 (107.2 bb) 12/8/1.2/0.0/49
      SB: $2.02 (40.4 bb)
      BB: $2.78 (55.6 bb)
      MP1: $5 (100 bb)
      MP2: $1.91 (38.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with Q A
      2 folds, MP3 calls $0.05, CO calls $0.05, Hero raises to $0.30, 3 folds, CO calls $0.25

      Flop: ($0.72) A J 6 (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.45, CO calls $0.45

      Turn: ($1.62) 8 (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero checks

      Should I play here for pot control or should I value bet?


      River: ($1.62) 4 (2 players)
      CO bets $0.55, Hero calls $0.55

      I played the standard bet flop, check turn and call river play here with a top pair, do you think it was the right play?

      Results: $2.72 pot ($0.13 rake)
      Final Board: A J 6 8 4
      CO showed K 8 and lost (-$1.30 net)
      Hero showed Q A and won $2.59 ($1.29 net)
  • 6 replies
    • BogdanDr
      BogdanDr
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.12.2009 Posts: 188
      I wouldn't cosider this play to be standard.
      On the flop you have top pair with the nut flush draw so you have to bet it ( I would say a little bigger, not for ptotection, but for value).

      On the turn you should never think of pot control, but instead you should think value. You have the best hand for sure. After he limp-calls preflop he probably has a weak hand or a poket pair. He does not have a set since he will probably reraise it on the flop on this board and not even 2 pair.

      My line would be bet bet bet (you should also bet the river, not to big, so you can get called by worse Aces or maybe J from a fishy player)
    • BogdanDr
      BogdanDr
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      Joined: 03.12.2009 Posts: 188
      I wouldn't cosider this play to be standard.
      On the flop you have top pair with the nut flush draw so you have to bet it ( I would say a little bigger, not for ptotection, but for value).

      On the turn you should never think of pot control, but instead you should think value. You have the best hand for sure. After he limp-calls preflop he probably has a weak hand or a poket pair. He does not have a set since he will probably reraise it on the flop on this board and not even 2 pair.

      My line would be bet bet bet (you should also bet the river, not to big, so you can get called by worse Aces or maybe J from a fishy player)
    • BogdanDr
      BogdanDr
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      Joined: 03.12.2009 Posts: 188
      Sorry for posting it twice, but there was an error the first time I posted. Aparently it worked anyhow:)
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello maheepsangari,

      Bet the flop bigger and Bet the turn for value. :) It's very likely that you are ahead there and against such a loose opponent I'd happy to bet for value with such a strong hand.

      Best Regards.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
      Gold
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Should I have raised on the river?
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by maheepsangari
      Should I have raised on the river?
      Nope. :) No point, we are just value-towning ourselves there. Ain't gonna be a lot worse hands which pay you.