[NL2-NL10] NL25 - A Couple of Hands

    • Kknight
      Joined: 30.04.2007 Posts: 374
      Hand 1:
      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (8 handed)

      SB ($34.40)
      Hero ($5)
      UTG ($24.75)
      UTG+1 ($26.25)
      MP1 ($36.70)
      MP2 ($26.70)
      CO ($5.50)
      Button ($10.50)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with T:spade: , K:spade: .
      [color:#666666]1 fold[/color], UTG+1 calls $0.25, MP1 calls $0.25, [color:#666666]3 folds[/color], SB completes, Hero checks.

      Flop: ($1) 9:heart: , 6:club: , T:heart: [color:#0000FF](4 players)[/color]
      SB checks, [color:#CC3333]Hero bets $1[/color], UTG+1 folds, MP1 calls $1, SB calls $1.

      Turn: ($4) Q:diamond: [color:#0000FF](3 players)[/color]
      SB checks, Hero checks, [color:#CC3333]MP1 bets $2[/color], SB folds, Hero folds.

      Final Pot: $4

      I've been at this table for about 50 hands and haven't been in a single pot yet. I flop top pair with a good kicker in a 4-way pot. I don't want to risk giving a free card because of the flush and straight draws so I figure betting right out is the way to go. Unfortunately, my pot sized bet gets 2 callers and an overcard hits on the turn. Is there any better way to play this, or did I play it OK?

      Hand 2:
      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (8 handed)

      Hero ($5)
      SB ($19.40)
      BB ($20.45)
      UTG ($3.45)
      UTG+1 ($39.40)
      MP1 ($40.30)
      MP2 ($4.75)
      CO ($19.60)

      Preflop: Hero is Button with K:diamond: , A:spade: .
      UTG calls $0.25, [color:#666666]2 folds[/color], MP2 calls $0.25, [color:#666666]1 fold[/color], [color:#CC3333]Hero raises to $1.5[/color], [color:#666666]2 folds[/color], UTG calls $1.25, MP2 calls $1.25.

      Flop: ($4.85) 5:club: , 9:club: , 6:spade: [color:#0000FF](3 players)[/color]
      UTG checks, MP2 checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($4.85) 6:club: [color:#0000FF](3 players)[/color]
      UTG checks, [color:#CC3333]MP2 bets $3.25 (All-In)[/color], Hero folds, UTG folds.

      Final Pot: $1.60

      This is 11 hands later at the same table as Hand 1. The two callers are short-stacked, but are not SSS players. I'm in position, but miss the flop. Should I have c-bet? I wasn't sure since my bet in Hand 1 didn't get much respect...plus I had two opponents and this flop could have hit a small or mid pocket pair. I figured taking a free card and hoping for an A or K was better than risking a check-raise or even a call. On the other hand, a push might have some fold equity against two short stacks...I just don't know.

  • 2 replies
    • Berliner1982
      Joined: 12.07.2006 Posts: 5,640
      Hand 1.)
      You should have checked the Flop and hope to hit one of your 4 non heart Outs, prefering a T and otherwise give up your hand.

      The articles might state that you should bet with Top Pair and at least a King as Kicker when you had a freeplay in the BB, but here against 3 opponents on this board you do not have enough fold equity.

      Lets see what calls you here, since we assume that these players are not giving you as much credit as they would give a BSS.

      - Any Ten
      - Any Two Pair (T9 most likely to be present, T6, 96)
      - Any Set (66, 99, TT not likely since they would have raised most of the times with that hand)
      - Any Straight draw ( 87 and QJ are likely, J7)
      - Any Flushdraw (56s, 76s, 86s, 87s, QJs, KTs+, Axs smaller AJs)
      - Two Overcards with Backdoor Straight or Flush Outs (KJ, KQ, AJ, AQ etc.)
      - Other Hand with Combodraws

      So here you will get called by many hand and you do not want to see any Overcard (J, Q, K, A), no 6 or 9, no 7 or 8 (Straight possible) no heart (flush possible).

      So here is a good spot to play check/fold.

      Hand 2.)
      Easy check behind and hope to hit a non Club K or A, otherwise you can give up the hand. So well played.
    • Kknight
      Joined: 30.04.2007 Posts: 374
      Okey-doke. Thanks Berliner.