[NL20-NL50] How not to play suited connectors

    • rhinoneil
      Joined: 16.04.2008 Posts: 1,159
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      0.25/0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.60 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 8:spade: , 7:spade:
      2 folds, CO calls $0.50, Hero calls $0.50, SB calls $0.25, BB checks.

      Flop: ($2.00) 5:spade: , 2:heart: , 6:spade: (4 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, CO bets $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 2 folds.

      Turn: ($4.00) T:club: (2 players)
      CO bets $2.00, Hero calls $2.00.

      River: ($8.00) A:heart: (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero checks.

      Final Pot: $8.00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows high card ace with ten kicker (8s 7s)
      CO shows a pair of tens (Th 9h)

      CO wins with a pair of tens (Th 9h)

      This is why I prefer to play suited connectors aggressively. Played this one really passively and got beat. I figure a pre flop raise here and a good C bet would take it down
  • 1 reply
    • TribunCaesar
      Joined: 29.04.2007 Posts: 13,264
      Hey rhinoneil,

      as you already figured a preflop raise is standard here. You have position and a very weak play from the CO who only limps in, which is in 99% of the cases weakness. A raise preflop will isolate him and you can play the hand with initiative in position. On the flop you have a similar situation. You can't hit a better draw than the open ender + flush draw and over cards. This is a very easy raise on the flop and happily stick all my money in on the flop.

      Just some equliation:

      102,960 games 0.109 secs 944,587 games/sec

      Board: 5s 2h 6s

      equity win tie pots won pots tied
      Hand 0: 41.379% 38.52% 02.86% 39657 2946.50 { 99-22, A6s, KsQs, K6s, QsJs, JsTs, Ts9s, 87s, 76s, 65s, 43s, A6o, K6o, 87o, 76o, 65o, 43o }
      Hand 1: 58.621% 55.76% 02.86% 57410 2946.50 { 8s7s }


      In this case I gave him a ridiculous tight range and you even against this range you are favourite.
      Furthermore you have fold equity, your opponent will very often just lay down his hand.

      Best regards,