[NL2-NL10] Instructional sample hands #4

  • Poll
    • What is the correct move here?

      • 20
      • 6
      • 5
        Raise to $6
      • 3
        Raise to $4
      • 1
        Raise to $8
      Total: 35 Votes
    • Puschkin81
      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      The topic of today’s instructional sample hand is the freeplay on the flop. Often you are on the flop with marginal hands like top pair with weak kicker.

      NL 100 ($0.50/$1.00)

      Stack sizes:
      UTG: $106.05
      UTG+1: $58.30
      MP1: $20.85
      MP2: $95.50
      MP3: $108.75
      CO: $110
      Button: $94.50
      SB: $41.50
      Hero: $20.00

      Pre-flop: (9 players) Hero is BB with 9 :heart: K :heart:
      2 folds, MP1 calls, 4 folds, SB calls, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($3.00) K :spade: 5 :diamond: 7 :club: (3 players)
      SB bets $2, Hero ???
  • 8 replies
    • Berliner1982
      Joined: 12.07.2006 Posts: 5,644
      If we stick to the strategy I know (not to invest any money if your not flopped at least Top Pair with King or Ace as a Kicker), besides the 2/3 Potbet here OOP from the SB into 3 people is pretty strong in my eyes.
    • Kknight
      Joined: 30.04.2007 Posts: 374
      Fold, no question.
    • ciRith
      Joined: 25.03.2005 Posts: 18,556
      I have no clue. ^^

      In limit I raise him and calldown to more action but I know that NL players fear even a backdoorstraight so it might be wrong to bet 6$ here. Anyway that's my choice. ^^
    • Kaitz20
      Joined: 02.02.2007 Posts: 27,343
      I think that I even fold even KJ here. K9 should be auto fold
    • AbouRachid
      Joined: 23.08.2007 Posts: 4
      I almost always fold in that spot. With a board like this what can he lead with if he's not maniac? A call is not a option for me but a raise to 6$ might be good against some opponent.
    • timukasr
      Joined: 26.05.2007 Posts: 1,820
      I'd bet $4 because he might be bluffing or hoping for straight (assuming that if he had KT-AK he would have raised a bit preflop) , but if he overbets, calls or bets on turn then we might be behind (2 pairs, top pair better kicker etc.). But as I'm reading other posts I guess I'm wrong :)
    • undercover82
      Joined: 09.12.2006 Posts: 813
      i think i would call and fold to a raise from MP guy , or to another bet on turn if i dont improve. Shouldnt be too bad of a play considering we have position on the SB. He will usually not bet again on the turn unless he has a better hand than ours.
      I think the reason for folding everything on unraised pots but TPTK with the SSS is for simplicity reasons , to avoid difficult situations in post flop play. But as you develop your game and become better with postflop skills , you can get more involved in such situations.
      However vs 3 opponents i would still check/fold this.
    • Puschkin81
      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      56% of you voted correctly: fold

      Since Hero is sitting between two opponents and doesn’t know how good his hand (top pair middle kicker) is, he should fold. If we would go on with the hand it will end in an all-in with the SB who won’t fold because of his stack size. Maybe also MP1 hits something so we don’t know what we are up against. In situations like this we would win small pots and lose big pots.

      Good luck at the tables!