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[NL20-NL50] Sample hand from bronze articles

    • Baxter82
      Joined: 26.11.2007 Posts: 22
      Here is an example from bronze no limit articles. Suggested move is not totally clear so I would be very grateful if somebody could explain it to me:

      Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
      You are the SB holding 6h 5h

      * UTG1, UTG2 and UTG3 fold
      * MP1 calls $0.25
      * MP2 folds
      * MP3 and CO call $0.25
      * BU folds
      * You call $0.15
      * BB checks

      Flop - Active Players (5): You, BB, MP1, MP3, CO - Pot: $1.25
      Flop: Ad 9h 3h

      * You and BB check
      * MP1 bets $1
      * MP3 calls $1
      * CO folds
      * You call $1
      * BB folds

      Turn - Active Players (3): You, MP1, MP3 - Pot: $4.25
      Turn: 2h

      * You bet $3
      * MP1 raises to $6

      This is their explanation:
      With so many opponents involved in the hand it's best to play the flop passively. Since you and MP1 still have plenty of chips, you can easily call his bet. Then you make your flush on the turn.

      Now you should get active. Checking won't get you far - the third heart will probably scare your opponent and keep him from betting again. However, you will often get called in lower limits by players who would otherwise check. Maybe they think you are bluffing, for example.

      If someone raises, like our example shows, you reraise or go all-in, depending on the stack sizes. In this example it would be best to go all-in after the raise. Your hand is definitely strong, but it does need protection and a normal raise would only make you pot committed. A fourth heart on the river could cost you your stack.

      My question is: why should we go all-in after opponents reraise since our flush is very weak and there are 3 players in the pot?
  • 2 replies
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      It doesn't make much sense to me to say you should reraise without more information on MP3, they're probably assuming that MP3 folded to MP1's raise even if it's not explicitly written.

      You're then heads-up with somebody who led the flop into 4 players, something people at small stakes won't do that often with a draw, especially unknowns, they usually play their draws passively. It's more likely that he led a top pair there, and overplaying top pair is probably the most common mistake at these levels, so it isn't really surprising that Hero got raised when he led into MP1 on the turn.

      From there you decide that your flush is likely the best hand, and have to evaluate your actions:

      - Folding is out of the question for obvious reasons.

      - Calling is possible but you are out of position, so you have no idea if MP1 will bet again or check behind on the river, which would be disastrous for your hand since it's probably best and want him to pay for a showdown. Also, MP1 could have a heart in his hand, like the Ah for a top pair, which means if another heart comes on the river you don't have the best hand anymore. Even if he doesn't have a heart, if another heart comes on the river he'll be afraid of it and might not stack off with his top pair anymore, which he probably still will do on the turn.

      - Thus reraising is your best play if you think your hand is currently best, and depending on stack sizes and your opponent you might want to either 3bet small or shove directly. You'll be committed to the pot anyway, the only difference being which line is most likely to get your opponent to commit with worse hands.

      Hope it helps.
    • Baxter82
      Joined: 26.11.2007 Posts: 22
      Thanks a lot!
      It helps, great explanation :)