[NL20-NL50] NL50 SH AQ in SB - Blind battle

    • Tim64
      Joined: 02.11.2008 Posts: 8,028
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      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      SB (Hero):

      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, Q.
      4 folds, Hero raises to $1.45, BB raises to $4.50, Hero raises to $9.25, BB calls $4.50.

      Flop: ($18) 5, 2, J (2 players)
      Hero bets $10.00, BB calls $10.00.

      Turn: ($38) T (2 players)
      Hero bets $20.00, BB raises to $57.00, Hero calls $27.35.

      River: ($142.35) T (2 players)

      Final Pot: $142.35.

      I'm not very happy with my play in this hand. Villain is playing 22/20 after 97 hands with 17% 3bet from bb (12 sample). A few hands earlier I had four bet his 3bet from BB (with a legitimate hand) so there was little history and I suppose I felt he might call my 4bet with a relatively wide range.

      Is my flop cbet okay, given the above? Or already too expensive given that I have not hit? If the cbet is okay, is the second barrel on the turn with possible over cards and a gut shot reasonable?

      I felt that if he was shoving the turn with a hand like KJ I have enough equity for my call but against stronger hands, obviously I'm in trouble. At this stage in the hand should I be assuming that I have shown enough strength so that my over cards are no longer that likely to give me the best hand?

      edit: just seen my 4bet size, which I don't really like. Should I be 4betting around 2.5x and just folding if he 5bets?
  • 1 reply
    • Kaitz20
      Joined: 02.02.2007 Posts: 27,343
      don´t turn AQ into bluff, so if you 4-bet to 12$ then you can´t never fold if he shoves
      I´d like to see larger 4-bet to 12-14$. Right now you give him too good odds to call with anything
      If your plan is to b/c turn then I´d prefer just shoving to increase your fold equity