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[NL20-NL50] NL25, PS strategy sample hand

  • 2 replies
    • Talic
      Joined: 04.01.2008 Posts: 1,851
      why the check behind, thats really tight play
    • aciddrop
      Joined: 08.10.2006 Posts: 1,519
      The hand in question is regarding pot control.

      What it says is, we cbet against two opponents, one of whom calls. Generally when people call, and there are not too many draws around, they have probably hit some part of the flop. The reason for the check behind is, we have showdown value, and can easily be ahead still. However, we can be behind to 2pair hands, sets, or other better hands which are slowplaying, intending to c/r the turn. We would have to fold this to a c/r, and we definitely don't want to fold, so, to avoid the possibility of not only a better hand c/raising us out, but a worse hand making a move with a c/r, and causing us to fold, we check behind.

      Now, we can bet the river if he checks, because it will most often be for value, because if he has a better hand, he will surely bet most often to guarantee value. However, since we have indicated weakness with our turn c/b, he will sometimes bet the river with a worse hand as well, and we can call this and win.

      It we had bet the turn and he folded, we gain nothing. Our hand is strong, but not a monster, so we are not playing for stacks here. If we bet and he c/r, we lose our bet, because we must fold since we don't want to play for stacks.

      We win the river against weaker hands which check and call our value bet on the river. We win against weaker hands which bet and we call on the river. We lose to better hands which bet and we call on the river.

      Pot control, maximising return overall.