[NL20-NL50] Nl25 Sh - Qq Op

    • ILuvBeachVB
      Joined: 17.06.2010 Posts: 375
      No Limit Hold'em $0.10/$0.25
      Full Tilt Poker
      6 players
      Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

      UTG - UTG ($25.00)
      MP - MP ($32.89)
      CO - CO ($21.32)
      BTN - BTN ($28.04)
      SB - SB ($25.00)
      BB - Hero ($35.11)

      Preflop: ($0.35, 6 players) Hero is BB with Q:club: Q:heart:
      UTG raises to $0.75, MP calls $0.75, CO raises to $2.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $2.25, UTG calls $1.75, MP calls $1.75

      Flop: 9:heart: 2:diamond: 7:club: ($10.10, 4 players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets $3.00, 2 folds, Hero calls $3.00

      Turn: 9:club: ($16.10, 2 players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets $12.00, 1 fold, Uncalled bet of $12.00 returned to UTG

      Total Pot: $16.10
      UTG mucks

      UTG wins $15.30

      Look back at the hand, my line looks too passive to me. Should I raise for value PF? CR flop?

      UTG: 27/16/3.33/31/81 [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/# hands]
      CO: 21/17/.67/33/72 3bet 14%
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,779

      Preflop: Not too great of a spot. But the 3bet size is kind of small so I think flatting the 3bet is reasonable. I personally would cold 4b vs this guy quite a bit with hands like AQ/KQ/AJ so I would be able to 4bet/call AK and QQ and maybe JJ here as well vs his wide 3b range.

      Flop: You need to think about the 4way dynamic. How often is UTG going to lead air here? How often does he have 9X (he is a UTG raiser, so I don't think he has too many 9X). Would he lead a set on such a dry board?

      What does raising achieve? Are we getting called by worse? Is our hand obvious (as QQ/JJ/TT)?

      All in all, given the small 3bet squeeze size, while it makes it cheaper for us to cold call here, I think it almost always guarantees a 4way pot (pot odds are just way too good here for UTG and MP). Don't think we can play this all that profitably, which is why i usually prefer a 4b preflop here. I fear that we may be isolating ourselves vs AK+/QQ+ only which is why I Think you should be balancing this with some air.