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[NL20-NL50] NL25 AJ blind defense - blockbet river?

    • GrantJennings
      Joined: 31.07.2008 Posts: 232
      Hand converted with online hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:

      Preflop: Hero is SB with J, A.
      6 folds, BU raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $2.25, BB folds, BU calls $1.50.

      Flop: ($4.75) K, 4, J (2 players)
      Hero bets $3.00, BU calls $3.00.

      Turn: ($10.75) 3 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU checks.

      River: ($10.75) 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets $3.50, BU calls $3.50.

      Final Pot: $17.75.

      Results follow:

      BU shows a straight, five high(Ac 2c).
      Hero shows a pair of jacks(Jd Ah).

      BU wins with a straight, five high(Ac 2c).
  • 3 replies
    • xnyk
      Joined: 04.06.2009 Posts: 29
      This is kind of hand I'm really unsure.
      I would probably go for bet/fold turn, but it may be an overplay of our hand.

      Blocking bet is good, although I think it may be quite obvious that we have something like QQ, JQ, JT, AJ hands. Flush with small suited connectors may look also possible if he is trying to read our hand. Would you bet the same amount holding stronger flush (Ax)?

      I would believe he called you with some pocketpair like TT, 99.

      Just my 2cents...
    • Talic
      Joined: 04.01.2008 Posts: 1,851

      first of all you want to make your 3bet OOP 3,5x and not 3x

      stats would be really useful there

      I also c-bet this flop, without the FD I might c/c, if checked I would bet turn

      river: c/f is good line there against not very aggresive players, you have hand with showdown value you dont want to bet here (because if getting called youre very very often behind)
    • GrantJennings
      Joined: 31.07.2008 Posts: 232
      thanks to Talic and xnyk for useful comments.

      Villain was an unknown, so I had no idea he was a donkey who would call a 3-bet then contibet with A2hearts.... turn and river just make the hand a cooler.

      It was a scary river and I felt like it was a good place for a blockbet. I was pretty sure after he checked turn that he didn't have a K and that I was ahead. I was scared of the flush, but I didn't want to end up calling a big bet on the end if I was beat, and I didn't want to get bluffed off the best hand.

      I guess C/F is better than I thought when I was at the table.