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******* Hand 1 ********

Nl50 K2 u. AK

Hero ($50)
MP (38/8/1.50/29) ($39.35)

PartyPoker $50 NL Hold'em [color:#0000FF](6 handed)[/color] Recorded and converted with HandRecorder

Preflop: Hero is BB with K:spade: , 2:spade:
[color:#666666]1 folds[/color], MP calls $0.50, CO calls $0.50, [color:#666666]2 folds[/color], Hero checks.

Flop: ($1.75) K:heart: , T:club: , 7:spade: [color:#0000FF](3 players)[/color]
[color:#FF0000]Hero bets $1.60[/color], MP calls $1.60, CO folds.

Turn: ($4.95) Q:spade: [color:#0000FF](2 players)[/color]
[color:#FF0000]Hero bets $3[/color], [color:#FF0000]MP raises to $13.50[/color], Hero folds.

Final Pot: $21.45.

This week, I'll be presenting 2 similar hands under the category of “made hands + draw on turn OOP”. Many players are unsure how to act in these situations.

In the first hand we get K2s and everything is standard up to the turn, excluding the large flop bet. On the turn we have two possibilities. We can either check or bet.

Very general advantages of another bet on the turn are:

    - We protect and prevent freecards
    - We get value from worse hands
    - Better hands might fold

In general, advantages of c/c on the turn are:

    - We keep the pot small
    - We cannot be raised because we didn't bet, meaning we can't be bluffed out of the hand
    - We induce bluffs from worse hands

Now we must weigh these arguments in light of this particular example hand.

Giving up a freecard on this board isn't so bad. We have the (second) strongest draw! He might have some outs against us, but usually not more than 5.

If we bet, we'll hardly get value from worse hands. The only worse hands that could rationally call would be things like QJ or JT.

On the other hand, it's unlikely that an opponent with 28 WTSD will fold a better hand.

It would be good for us if the pot were to stay small since we haven't hit our draw yet and we'll only get it in 1/5 cases. If we don't get it, we don't want to be in a big pot with top pair, top kicker.

We can't be raised. This is probably the most important argument for check/call. If we are raised, we'll often have to fold as in the example above. We lose a lot of value because our flush draw would have given us the best hand on the river in 20% of all cases. We lose this 20% equity, however, if we are raised since we'll have to throw away the hand. It is correct to fold against such a raise; the mistake lies in the original bet.

Bluff induction is another aspect that will give us value. Sometimes our opponent will have a worse hand and we can easily call his bet.

And if he doesn't bet, then we get a free shot at our draw.

All in all, check/call is clearly the superior mode of play as opposed to bet/fold, as I've hopefully shown.

******* Hand 2 ********

NL25 Aces overplayed?

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em (NL$25) [color:#0000FF](10 handed)[/color] link

CO ($22.15)
Button ($30.45)
SB ($19.05)
BB ($16.00)
UTG ($21.10)
Hero ($30.78)
UTG+2 ($5.00)
MP1 ($28.70)
MP2 ($5.59)
MP3 ($9.53)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with A:diamond: , A:heart: .
[color:#666666]1 folds[/color], [color:#CC3333]Hero raises to $1.00[/color], [color:#666666]4 folds[/color], CO calls $1.00, [color:#666666]3 folds[/color].

Flop: ($2.35) J:heart: , T:heart: , 3:diamond: [color:#0000FF](2 players)[/color]
[color:#CC3333]Hero bets $1.50[/color], CO calls $1.50.

Turn: ($5.35) 8:heart: [color:#0000FF](2 players)[/color]
[color:#CC3333]Hero bets $3.00[/color], [color:#CC3333]CO raises to $6.00[/color], Hero calls $3.00.

River: ($17.35) 8:spade: [color:#0000FF](2 players)[/color]
[color:#CC3333]CO bets $7.75[/color], Hero calls $7.75.

Final Pot: $32.85.

I think the call on the turn was in order because of the FD, but on the river I should have folded UI. What do you all think?

Here is a similar hand. Our hand seems to be stronger this time. We have an overpair and the nut flush draw. An awful card shows up on the turn; it completes both straight and flush draws.

The criteria defined for the first hand apply here as well. It is important to note that we really don't want to be raised here because we'll lose a lot of value that way.

If we bet, we'll often be raised since the opposition could now have much better hands, as was mentioned.

In this case, however, there are some worse hands with which our opponent could call. He could have KhJx and call a turn bet with that. So with a bet we get more value from worse hands than in hand 1). Still, this is outweighed by not wanting to be raised. If that happens, we'll either have to fold or call if we have the odds, and then we'll be in a big pot on the river with a marginal made hand. You can see this in the example.

I feel pretty certain that better hands will not fold, so the bet hardly has any advantages left.

On the other hand, we can induce bluffs from worse hands on such a dangerous board since our check will appear to be a sign of weakness.

Therefore, check/call is better than bet/fold in this case too, because the advantages of c/c are stronger here.