[NL2-NL10] JJ – Protecting Yourself with a 4-Bet When There is Dead Money | Overplaying Middle Pair after 3-Bet

    • Raknyo
      Joined: 15.12.2011 Posts: 422
      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 96.6 BB
      SB: 97.4 BB
      BB: 100 BB
      Hero (UTG): 109.6 BB
      MP: 340 BB
      CO: 17.4 BB

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.07) Hero has J:spade: J:heart:

      Hero raises to 4 BB, MP calls 4 BB, CO raises to 17.4 BB and is all-in, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 40 BB, MP calls 36 BB

      Flop: (98.8BB, 3 players) T:heart: K:spade: 7:club:
      Hero checks, MP bets 300 BB and is all-in, Hero?

      PF: Easy raise for value, but then I'm faced with a 17.4BB shove so I need to make sure that I properly protect my hand against the MP who could have flat called me with AQ or AK as well as to continue to gain value from weaker pocket pairs. I think I should best do this by raising a little more, say 50BB.

      F: MP's donk will most likely indicate strength, most probable is AK though TT is also possible. Since Hero is in terrible shape against either hand, he should find an easy fold.
  • 2 replies
    • w34z3l
      Joined: 03.08.2009 Posts: 13,330
      Originally posted by Raknyo
      MP's donk will most likely indicate strength,
      only a donk-bet if villain is OOP.

      Given you 4bet vs short-stack it's pretty obvious you are strong. I don't see villain shoving worse too often either, especially after he flats 4bet.
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi Raknyo,

      Preflop: Since we reraised this much preflop we are committing ourselves. If MP shoves we can't fold anymore unless you can only put him on QQ+ which would rarely ever be the case.

      Flop: Best case we can hope for an AQ type hand but he can have some Kx, possibly sets.

      And since the hand goes to showdown anyway I don't think he'll try much of a bluff. So I'd cry/fold.