[NL2-NL10] Playing for Value OOP

    • Rich552
      Joined: 15.12.2012 Posts: 69
      I think I played this hand particularly poorly by polarizing my hand range on the flop, this is an area I really need to improve in order to maximize value from really strong hands where I find myself playing out of position.

      Pacific, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BB: $3.98 (99.5 bb)
      UTG+1: $5.26 (131.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $0.86 (21.5 bb)
      MP1: $4.56 (114 bb)
      Hero (MP2): $5.01 (125.2 bb)
      MP3: $2.92 (73 bb)
      CO: $3.74 (93.5 bb)
      BTN: $7.08 (177 bb)
      SB: $4.28 (107 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with K A
      3 folds, Hero raises to $0.16, 2 folds, BTN calls $0.16, SB calls $0.14, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.52) J Q T (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets $0.26, SB folds, Hero raises to $1.04, BTN folds

      $1.04 pot ($0.06 rake)
      Final Board: J Q T
      Hero mucked K A and won $0.98 ($0.56 net)
      BTN mucked and lost (-$0.42 net)
      SB mucked and lost (-$0.16 net)

      I initially raise pre-flop to protect hand and get called from the BU. I flop the nuts and am faced with a decision, do I bet into him, check/call (which I think would have been the best course of action or check raise? I choose the latter and ended up polarizing my range and pushing villain out of the pot. I guess I was thinking a lower straight, set or two pair would pay me off here but in hindsight I also didn't allow for him to bluff by barreling on the turn or call with OESD or worse Mid pair etc. How should I have played this in order to maximize value? also please run over possible turn and river cards and actions. Thanks
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