[NL2-NL10] NL5 FR A4s 3bet bluff

    • Dawidas888
      Joined: 22.06.2009 Posts: 826
      Known Players:
      UTG2: $12.50 - 250 bb
      UTG3: $5.62 - 112 bb
      MP1: $3.24 - 65 bb
      MP2: $5.27 - 105 bb
      MP3: $5.42 - 108 bb
      CO: $7.00 - 140 bb
      BU: $4.81 - 96 bb
      SB: $7.53 - 151 bb
      BB: $5.27 - 105 bb

      0.02/0.05 No Limit Hold'em (9 Handed)
      Hand recorder for this hand: PokerStrategy.com SideKick 1.1.417.4

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A:diamond: , 4:diamond:
      SB posts small blind ($0.02), BB posts big blind ($0.05), 2 folds, MP1 raises for $0.13, MP2 folds, Hero 3-bets $0.35, 4 folds, MP1 calls

      Flop: ($0.77 - 15.40 bb) A:heart: , 7:diamond: , 3:diamond: (2 Players)
      MP1 bets $0.30, Hero calls

      Turn: ($1.37 - 27.40 bb) Q:spade: (2 Players)
      MP1 checks, Hero bets $0.80, MP1 calls

      River: ($2.97 - 59.40 bb) 3:heart: (2 Players)
      MP1 checks, Hero checks


      MP1 was 27/13/0 over 15.

      Preflop: 3bet bluff. I should avoid bluffing fishes (judging from the stack).

      Flop: Nice flop. I should raise it as I have tons of equity even vs a better ace. My raise would accomplish 2 things:
      1) I would take the initiative meaning that I could take a free card on the turn if he checks.
      2) I could fold out stronger hands - possibly AT and below.

      Turn: when he checks I bet for??? I think I should take a free card.
      I think my bet was not good as I won't get value from many weaker hands unless he's superfish. Otherwise I'm just valuetowning myself.

      River: no point in betting as we probably split if he has an ace.
  • 2 replies
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,779

      Preflop: I think this could be fine. He seems to be looser/bad since he only has 65bb and 3betting here to isolate him from the other players seems like a good idea.

      Flop: Calling is fine. I Think raising only isolates you vs stronger AX hands and I prefer not to flip vs those hands.

      Turn: Checking and betting are both close. Do we ever expect to get called by worse hands on average? I think putting in a small 1/3 pot bet may be the best idea. This block bet achieves 3 things
      -We may get calls from some worse pairs, and some worse flush draws
      -Set the price for ourselves for the 2nd street if we are indeed up against better AX hands
      -Build the pot a little more, so we win more if we do hit on the River.

      Usually I don't really like using Reason 2 and 3 as a good justification for betting. But with Top Pair with weak Kicker + flush draw, I often advocate betting small on the Turn. What happens is that you either lose less when you are behind since you set the price at under half pot (assuming that villain never raises you on the Turn), or win more when you improve.
    • Dawidas888
      Joined: 22.06.2009 Posts: 826
      Hi Galvin

      Interesting intake regarding the turn bet. I agree with your reasoning regarding a small bet on the turn as I also think we should try to stack the fish asap because it may loose money to someone else.

      Thank for the evaluation!