Tuesday, 21 September 2010

A couple of quick hands

A questionable river raise.

Villain is one of the better 3/6 players 35/27/38/2.2
We have a pretty active history and he will be defending particularly wide against me.

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is MP with A, A 1 fold, SoSo raises, 3 folds, BB calls

Flop: (4.33333 SB) 4, 5, 6 (2 players) BB checks, SoSo bets, BB raises, SoSo 3-bets, BB caps, SoSo calls

Turn: (6.16667 BB) J (2 players) BB bets, SoSo calls

River: (8.16667 BB) A (2 players) BB bets, SoSo raises,

In the heat of battle I saw the river and thought sweet I've out drawn his set/2pair. However on closer inspection of the combos of Str8's vs set/2pr hands, i think a flat is a better play (although its very close). It's funny how sometimes i still forget were the value of a hand comes from and how, whilst it may appear a card drastically improves my hand i still lose to half his range.

Missing out on a probable free-roll situation.

Villain is 25/18/47/1.8
Mass-multitabler and as such will not adjust as much as he should against me on the BTN.

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is CO with 3, A 2 folds, SoSo raises, Button 3-bets, 2 folds, SoSo calls

Flop: (7.33333 SB) 8, 8, 9 (2 players) SoSo checks,Button bets, SoSo calls

Turn: (4.66667 BB) 9 (2 players) SoSo checks, Button bets, SoSo calls

On the turn i just auto-piloted thinking I'm going to SD as i beat all broad ways and chop the bigger aces. I realised about 5 seconds after i clicked call, he has very few value combos against me in this situation and we are chopping an awful lot or he's behind. Normally i would be more than happy for him to triple barrel his broad ways against me in this spot, however i think he will still call with them when faced with the c/r. Seeing as he has a high WTSD and most likely will have an Ax hand which he won't fold.

The only downside to c/ring the turn is folding out 44-77, I honestly don't think he is capable of 3-betting TT+ if faced with a c/r on this turn. I think this is a really cool spot and i think noticing these small points of value in a hand, are what separate good from great players.

- Chris

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