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[NL2-NL10] NL4 10Ko in BB

    • BigAl123456
      Joined: 21.07.2010 Posts: 4,080
      PartyGaming - $0.04 NL - Holdem - 5 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (BB): $4.00
      UTG: $3.34
      CO: $6.72
      BTN: $4.60
      SB: $7.63

      SB posts SB $0.02, Hero posts BB $0.04

      Pre Flop: ($0.06) Hero has T:heart: K:heart:

      fold, CO raises to $0.12, fold, fold, Hero calls $0.08

      Flop: ($0.26, 2 players) K:spade: 4:spade: 5:club:
      Hero checks, CO bets $0.12, Hero raises to $0.48, CO calls $0.36

      Turn: ($1.22, 2 players) J:spade:
      Hero bets $1.00, CO calls $1.00

      River: ($3.22, 2 players) 7:diamond:
      Hero bets $2.40 and is all-in, CO calls $2.40

      Thought i was good SH with K10.
  • 1 reply
    • MaestroOfZerg
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510

      Check/raising top pairs for value looks neat and all, but really it's a tricky business, especially against regs.

      Here is why: regs don't expect you to value raise top pairs. So when you check/raise in such a spot, your range is shifted toward flushdraws and sets, instead of top pairs, meaning it turns even their hands like TPTK into bluff-catchers right away. Even if the thought process isn't as clear in their mind, they still feel it by experience. Do you know what regs at microstakes do with bluff-catchers the vast majority of the time? They fold them, especially against multiple barrels, because other regs don't bluff enough.

      So in the end you:

      - make them fold every worse made hand, and sometimes even a few better made hands.

      - make them think twice about even calling with draws, even tho they still end up calling once and folding when they miss the next street.

      - turn your TPGK into a pure bluff when you 3 barrel it, because no worse hand is calling all the way down.

      Fish are a bit different, but they usually still end up folding all worse hands unimproved by the river because TPGK doesn't even beat all top pairs, so sometimes you get hero called only to have villain show you KQ and scoop the pot.

      So in this hand, by the turn your hand looks like the nut flush, which will make every reg go away with Kx, tho you probably still get a call from some fish with Kx with a spade, and by the river you get called by virtually nothing that you beat.

      Instead, if he's fishy and when in doubt, raise the flop, bet smaller or check that turn, and check the river. If he's a reg (don't think he is tho in this case), just call the flop or raise the flop but definitely check/fold the turn.

      Hope it helps.