Saturday, April 7, 2012

Flush on the flop - failed to control pot

Villain is 27/17/0 over 70 hands. When I flop the nuts oop I have to check to him to let him drive the action. I c/c hoping to be able to c/r the turn but when it's the 6d it really narrows my c/r range to the nuts but also now gives me only the second nuts so if I c/r and get shoved over what's my decision?

BTN: $22.59 (225.9 bb)
SB: $10.78 (107.8 bb)
BB: $14.76 (147.6 bb)
UTG: $7.25 (72.5 bb)
Hero (MP): $15.66 (156.6 bb)
CO: $9.08 (90.8 bb)

Preflop: Hero is MP with J A
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.35, CO folds, BTN calls $0.35, 2 folds

Flop: ($0.85) 2 4 3 (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

Turn: ($1.65) 6 (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

River: ($2.65) 8 (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN checks

Don't make it too fancy.

If you are the aggressor preflop, cbet on the flop, unless it's a multi-way pot.

Again, your intention is to give villain an opportunity to fold. If you do not make a bid for that pot, you are giving them a free card.

Flop, villain donks half pot. In this case, villain's bid for the pot was weak. That should tell you that villain doesn't have something for you to be afraid of.

I suspect villain was trying to scare you off trying to represent a flush draw. It's still a weak attempt. It should have been 2/3pot donk bet to be believable. You could have reraised villain here to find out what he/she is hiding.

Turn, same thing... weak bet. Again, this is a perfect opportunity to make the pot bigger or get them to fold.

Some players might have reservations... "what if villain has the high card?"

So what?

That's poker. Some days, they get lucky. But if you play consistently well, in the long term, you will come out ahead.