[NL2-NL10] 88 from BTN

    • sicazoRsb
      Joined: 02.09.2009 Posts: 200
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      BU (Hero):

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 8, 8.
      MP3 folds, CO calls $0.05, Hero raises to $0.25, SB calls $0.23, 2 folds.

      Flop: ($0.6) 9, 9, A (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.50, SB calls $0.50.

      Turn: ($1.6) T (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($1.6) J (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks.

      Final Pot: $1.6.

      I have a little problem with this kind of hand. Should I bet the turn or check behind?
  • 1 reply
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      Well you made a big c-bet and SB check/called anyway, usually on boards as dry as A99r it means he has 88 beat every single time and the number of combos of hands you can make him fold by continuing to bet as a bluff (22-88 if he's loose,TT-KK if he's tight) will be a lot smaller than the combos of hands he's never ever folding to just a turn bet, maybe not even to a 3rd barrel (Ax, 9x).

      So, nice hand. If you want to change anything, you can either check back the flop hoping he'll bluff on the turn when checked to. Also if you c-bet, since you're mostly bluffing with 88 you don't need to c-bet 5/6 pot on such boards, most players will fold or call with the same range of hands regardless of your bet size being full pot or half pot (nobody is folding 9x,Ax ever, most people are scared of the A anyway if they don't have it beat).

      Hope it helps.