[NL2-NL10] NL10 J7 freeplay

    • Theman365
      Theman365
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.05.2009 Posts: 72
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy Elephant 0.67 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J:heart: , 7:diamond:
      MP1 calls $0,10, 5 folds, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($0,25) 4:club: , 4:heart: , 7:heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0,18, MP1 calls $0,18.

      Turn: ($0,61) 9:diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0,43, MP1 calls $0,43.

      River: ($1,47) T:spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP1 bets $1,30, Hero folds.

      Final Pot: $2,77

      How should I have had to play here? I hit a top pair with at least jack kicker, but things changed.
  • 3 replies
    • dandycal
      dandycal
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.10.2008 Posts: 1,711
      Hi Theman,

      I'd also take a stab on the flop, but then you can check/fold after he offers any resistance imo.
    • Tim64
      Tim64
      Black
      Joined: 02.11.2008 Posts: 7,401
      Yeah - it's an ugly spot, and I don't blame you for being unsure but I think Dandycal is right. There are too many hands that beat us to go broke here.
    • burek2000
      burek2000
      Bronze
      Joined: 16.11.2007 Posts: 3,105
      Hey Theman365,

      according to the articles TP with J+ kicker is enough to play aggressively in freeplay, but 7 as top pair is very vulnerable, so that's a pretty tough spot.

      It's hard to determine what would be best line against completely unknown opponent, but in my opinion only drawing hand villain can have is 56s. And most likely I would put him on a PP, meaning you are way ahead against 66 or lower or way behind against overpair. Therefore I would go for a kind of pot control line even though we play SSS. I would bet/fold flop, check/call turn and c/f river if villain bets turn and c/c if villain checks behind on the turn.

      Also, this hand is a pretty marginal spot and it's never a mistake to just stay out of trouble and put your money in in better spots, because there are many better spots on NL10.

      Regards,
      burek2000