[NL20-NL50] 2 pairs vs unknown with initiative, river decision

    • pokerferrer
      Joined: 05.03.2008 Posts: 6,347
      Opponent is unknown from UK, 3 hands. But his stack isn't 100 bb.
      How should we play river here by default? Bet or check?
      He cold called on CO, so his range typically can be pretty wide. Since we are playing 3way on the flop I assume he will play his draws passive.
      With this bet on the river I still can have missed draws in the range, but with checking I can induce bluff.

      And what if we are facing turn raise? Should we find fold here?

      NL Holdem $0.25(BB) Replayer
      SB ($25)
      BB ($19.13)
      UTG ($22.18)
      Hero ($26.48)
      CO ($19.65)
      BTN ($25)

      Dealt to Hero J:heart: A:heart:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.75, CO calls $0.75, fold, SB calls $0.65, fold

      FLOP ($2.50) K:club: 8:diamond: A:club:

      SB checks, Hero bets $1.75, CO calls $1.75, SB folds

      TURN ($6) K:club: 8:diamond: A:club: J:diamond:

      Hero bets $4, CO calls $4

      RIVER ($14) K:club: 8:diamond: A:club: J:diamond: 4:spade:

      Hero bets $13.25, CO calls $13.15 (AI)
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,694

      I think u should bet the turn slightly larger to $4.50-5.00. You should avoid using monsters as bluffcatchers as much as possible. Generally in these spots the ev of valuebetting will be higher than checkcalling, assuming villain herocalls quite a bit with top pairs when so many draws missed.

      Rare exceptions for checkraise with a monster -
      J:dJ on a J:hT:h6:s5:s2 board where u block top pair combos and so many more draws miss. JTX contains way more straight draws than AK8.