[NL2-NL10] NL2 set vs passive raise

    • donroops
      Joined: 08.04.2009 Posts: 49
      Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players
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      CO: $2.19 (109.5 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $2 (100 bb)
      SB: $3.44 (172 bb)
      BB: $0.82 (41 bb)
      UTG+2: $5.08 (254 bb)
      MP1: $3.15 (157.5 bb)
      MP2: $0.98 (49 bb)
      MP3: $0.96 (48 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with 8 8
      UTG+2 folds, MP1 calls $0.02, MP2 calls $0.02, MP3 calls $0.02, CO folds, Hero calls $0.02, SB completes, BB checks

      Flop: ($0.12) T 8 9 (6 players)
      SB bets $0.06, BB calls $0.06, MP1 folds, MP2 raises to $0.36, MP3 folds, Hero calls $0.36, 2 folds

      Turn: ($0.96) 5 (2 players)
      MP2 bets $0.60 and is all-in, Hero calls $0.60

      River: ($2.16) Q (2 players, 1 is all-in)

      $2.16 pot ($0.08 rake)
      Final Board: T 8 9 5 Q
      Hero showed 8 8 and lost (-$0.98 net)
      MP2 showed Q J and won $2.08 ($1.10 net)

      Villain is a semi loose passive.
      Pre-flop - I elected to call for set value. I din't want to play a big pot, having a fish in the sb. On reflection, I think a raise would have been better, as I did have position with a strong holding.
      Flop - With a raise from villain, i'm putting him on 2 pair or better. he's probably calling with draws, especially because of previous bets. It's difficult for me to guess if he is raising this much with 2 pair being a passive.
      Though i did assume this, i call thinking to re evaluate, though realise now his stack size should maybe just shove?
  • 1 reply
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi Don,

      Preflop: Given so many limpers and a couple shorter, I agree that a limp is fine as well. Especially since you have more fish behind us. We are often getting big multiway pot and it will be harder to win it. Although I don't think raising would be a huge mistake.

      Postflop: As played I would just raise the flop given how coordinated/drawy it is. We also know MP2 is shorter so his range can be on the wider side. Don't forget he is raising a 1/2 pot bet so it could be that he is protecting hands like Tx or raising as a semibluff.