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[NL2-NL10] Pot Control or Protection

    • maheepsangari
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players

      CO: $10.47 (209.4 bb)
      BTN: $5.45 (109 bb)
      SB: $2.09 (41.8 bb) 53/7/4.0/0.0/16
      BB: $5 (100 bb)
      UTG+1: $2.07 (41.4 bb)
      Hero (UTG+2): $4.93 (98.6 bb) 4/4/4.0/0.0/25
      MP1: $7.45 (149 bb)
      MP2: $12.50 (250 bb)
      MP3: $1.93 (38.6 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+2 with A A
      UTG+1 folds, Hero raises to $0.20, 5 folds, SB calls $0.18, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.45) 5 T 9 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.30, SB calls $0.30

      Turn: ($1.05) 5 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks

      Should I check behind on the turn to keep the pot small or should I bet to protect my hand?

      River: ($1.05) 3 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.55, SB folds

      Results: $1.05 pot ($0.05 rake)
      Final Board: 5 T 9 5 3
      SB mucked and lost (-$0.50 net)
      Hero mucked A A and won $1 ($0.50 net)
  • 3 replies
    • BogdanDr
      Joined: 03.12.2009 Posts: 188
      You should allways bet for protection and value there!
      If he had sets or 2 pair, he will reraise you on the flop himself for protection. Even if a good heart hit (that doesn't complete a straight or is very likely to make him 2 pair), I would probably bet again for protection and free showdown!
    • Alan883
      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      Hi maheepsangari,

      i would bet turn and river myself.

      You play vs fish with only half of the stack so your plan has to be to put all his money on the table:)

      On the turn you just gave him a free card and this is exactly what u don't want vs players like that. He will call your bet here with any draw and any Tx hand maybe even 9x hand so bet bet bet:)
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello maheepsangari,

      Being against such a fish I'd Bet the flop even bigger ~$0,40 even. :) And definitely bet the turn for protection and value from worse, way too weak to take pot control in that kind of spot.

      Best Regards.