Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Raising the river for value after checking the turn behind

So I haven't posted in awhile because I haven't really been playing much at all (~22 hours this month). I'm spending July in the San Francisco bay area visiting some good friends, and considering making a new home here. And as I've predictably run through more money than I anticipated while traveling, I've set aside more time to play.

This hand came up in my last game of today's session, a $20 regular speed game.

Reads: Opponent is solid, tight-aggressive player who raises almost every button and folds almost every BB so far. Most hands don't see a flop.

Preflop: Hero is SB with 

Hero bets t90, Villain calls t60

I raise to take his blind, as he's folding 90% of the time with very little 3-betting.

Flop: (t180)  (2 players)
Villain checks, Hero bets t90, Villain calls t90

Here I consider checking behind, but venture a cautious bet as I believe this flop has missed a good portion of his calling range (which I'm thinking of as mostly A7-AT, K9+, QT+).

Turn: (t360)  (2 players)
Villain checks, Hero checks

After he calls the flop, I don't plan on betting again. Picking up a straight draw on the turn gives me all the more reason to check behind, as I don't want to get check-raised off a hand that now has more potential.

River: (t360)  (2 players)
Villain bets t240, Hero raises to t750, Villain calls t510

Gin. He bets 2/3 pot, and I shake with glee as I am convinced that he likes his hand enough to call a raise. How much can I raise in order to elicit a call from top pair? I settle on a relatively small raise instead of a push as I feel that he simply wont call a shove on such a dangerous-looking board with only top pair. He tanks for 15 seconds for so and makes the call.

Total pot: t1860

Later in the match Villain asked me if, since this was "obviously going to be our last match", I would tell him if I would have raised A3 or A5 on that river. The question apparently had influenced his call on the end. I told him probably not, but I'm still not sure if that's true. 
I thought this hand was interesting because I was offered this window into my opponent's thought process, and it made me consider the hand from his point of view again. Would you call here with the A9? Does this look like some pathetic river bluff by a worse hand (as I was thinking it might at the time)? Would you raise here with 2 pair? Shove? Thoughts/comments appreciated.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

June Results

Another month that started out pretty well and then fizzled out. I played almost no games in the last two weeks of June, having too much else to do (mostly moving away), and what little I did play ended up being a waste of time. Of course I ran way under EV, mostly earlier in the month, though I still managed to grind out a profit anyway; eat it, poker gods!

June Results

Total Games: 251
Total Profit: $519
Hourly Rate: $7.81

Heads Up SNG Results