[NL20-NL50] HU flopped top 2

    • Washdogg
      Joined: 12.05.2008 Posts: 82
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      0.25/0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (2 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: Elephant 0.69 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K:club: , 8:spade:
      Hero raises to $1.50, BB calls $1.00.

      Flop: ($3.00) 8:club: , K:diamond: , 6:club: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $2.50, BB raises to $5.25, Hero raises to $9.75, BB calls $4.50.

      Turn: ($22.50) 7:heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $14.00, BB raises to $28.00, Hero raises to $53.25, BB raises to $39.25 (All-In).

      River: ($115.00) 8:diamond: (1 players)

      Final Pot: $115.00

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      Hero shows a full-house, eights full of kings (Kc 8s)
      BB shows a straight, eight high (5c 4h)

      Hero wins with a full-house, eights full of kings (Kc 8s)

      Now I'd been picking away at this guy and beat him for almost a full buyin like 15 minutes into the match so I think he was steaming a little. That being said I flopped a really strong hand and obviously bet on a pretty wet board for protection. After being check raised I thought it was most likely for him to have an A high flush draw or a set. On second thought, I honestly believe by his preflop play throughout the match that he would have 3bet any pair so now I'm thinking his most likely hands here are strong flush draws (A, Q and possibly J), OESDs, Strong Kings and two pairs; all of which I have crushed. With that, what is the proper raise size? When I raise for protection and value like this am I wanting draws to fold or am I wanting them to pay too much and call? I think I made a small raise so that I'm not raising so much that a strong one pair or weak two pair like AK, KQ, 68 or K6 is calling me and is committed on the turn.

      If I had a chance to replay the hand I think I'd prefer to reraise a little bigger, perhaps to 13ish. I'd really love to see some feedback as I find this "protection vs. value" subject to be quite interesting.
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