[NL2-NL10] NL10 Q4o, BB weak top pair on flop

    • pokerplayboy
      Joined: 29.12.2008 Posts: 33
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      0.05/0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q:spade: , 4:heart:
      5 folds, MP3 calls $0.10, CO calls $0.10, BU calls $0.10, SB folds, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0.45) Q:diamond: , 2:heart: , 9:diamond: (4 players)
      Hero bets $0.30, 2 folds, BU calls $0.30.

      Turn: ($1.05) K:heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU checks.

      River: ($1.05) 7:club: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU checks.

      Final Pot: $1.05

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a pair of queens (Qs 4h)
      BU shows a pair of sevens (7d 4d)

      Hero wins with a pair of queens (Qs 4h)

      Question here is if I should have bet on the flop as I did. I had top pair but low kicker, and there was a possible flush draw (and indeed it seems opponent called for that reason, although I think pot odds technically didn't allow for a call, although it's on the edge?). Should I have checked instead?
  • 3 replies
    • Volrath89
      Joined: 23.07.2008 Posts: 2,171
      Yeah, I think you shoudn't have bet on the flop. The reason why top-pair is called a profitable hand in SSS chart is because your minimun kicker (when its not pocket pair ofc) is J+, and thats only in one hand (AJ), for the rest is Q+.

      I personally play every freeplay as check-fold, unless i have 3 of a kind or better (I once lost a 3 of a kind, for the kicker yeah..) in which case I play check-call or raise if I want to protect my hand (could be wrong here hehe).
    • Gerv
      Joined: 07.05.2008 Posts: 17,678
      Hello pokerplayboy,

      Remove the results please, they are not important, never was, never is and never will be!

      According to the basic strategy, you only continue with TopPair with a Jack as kicker or higher.
      Therefore I recommend just letting this one go and check/fold untill you spike a four or a Queen.

      Why risking your stack for 1 big blind with a mediocre to a very bad hand?

      Best regards,
    • pokerplayboy
      Joined: 29.12.2008 Posts: 33
      Thanks, sorry bout the results will remove them next time. Will also be a good boy and check/fold weak top pair next time :-)