February 5, 2102 - QOTD

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February 5, 2102 - QOTD

Post  Scat Damon on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:58 pm


The play at the table of your live $2/$5 game has generally been pretty weak, though there are a few good players. In this hand you limp and players 2 and 4 limp behind you. The button, whom you know to play solid poker, raises to $28. The blinds fold and you call because you know the other two players will call. The flop comes A♦ 5♥ 9♣. You check and the two limpers check, the button continuation bets $70 and you call. The limpers fold. The turn brings the 3♥ and you check with the intention of raising. The button, unfortunately, checks through and the river drops 6♣. You once again check and your opponent bets out $120.

Correct Answer: Fold

There is no chance your opponent is betting any worse hands on the river. It is a value bet the whole way. On the turn your opponent likely checked through with a decent ace to exercise pot control. He knew that on the flop you were likely to have an ace. There were no draws so you were stuck with what you were holding. The turn changed nothing; he knew you would fold a worse hand if he bet, so he checked through. The river still changes nothing. The bet on the river is for value. Do not be fooled. He is not going to bet any worse hands - he would check those weaker hands through to see a cheap showdown. If he is betting he has you beat. No choice here but to fold.

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