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[NL2-NL10] NL5:QQ - flop shows ace

    • Avatars91
      Joined: 18.12.2009 Posts: 2,689
      Hand converted with online hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      SB (Hero):

      Preflop: Hero is SB with Q, Q.
      UTG2 folds, MP1 calls $0.05, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.05, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, 2 folds, MP3 calls $0.25.

      Flop: ($0.7) 2, 4, A (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.50, MP3 calls $0.50.

      Turn: ($1.7) 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP3 bets $0.75, Hero folds, MP3 gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $1.7.

      Totally no ideas about how to play in this case :/ too many people call with Ax on these limits.
  • 1 reply
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      Short answer is without reads you can't play it optimally anyway. Of course c-bet/folding is never bad especially if you have no read whatsoever on villain.

      On that board tho I'd tend to just check, it's not easy for people to show up with 2nd pairs and call a bet in general with only very low cards out there. Coupled with the fact that indeed bad players show up with a lot of Ax hands, it's not really a spot where you can get a ton of value by betting.

      Whether you check/call or check/fold is up to you, either villain will stab at you with worse hands when you check or he won't. I think check/calling one as a standard is ok, you won't run into that many players who will just start firing multiple barrels with bluffs once you check that flop at nl5. Passive players without Ax will check back and maybe hit a smaller piece that you can valuebet against on later streets, reasonable aggressive players might throw a bet at you but will usually assume you have some kind of Ax hands and shut down when you check/call the flop. Only decent-to-good tags and really aggro fish will continue to fire at you until you fold.

      Hope it helps.