$1/$2 Live Game: JJ v LAG
Had this hand come up in the first 10 minutes of live play at the Mirage last Saturday. I'll give my actions and explain my thinking. Interested to hear feedback on both.
It was 9 am. Villain was a woman who'd been there all night apparently. (one of a few at the table) She had $800 in front of her, so those two facts indicated a good player. In the few hands I'd witnessed, she splashed around a lot, wasn't afraid to put her stack to use, etc.
In early position, I am dealt :Jd: :Js: and raise the pot to $12.
Folds to Villain on the button who calls. Based on the information I had at the time, my thinking is her range is wide. I also am aware that she will likely see me as a tourist with a new stack to plunder.
Pot is $27
So far, so good. I lead with a cbet of $20, Villain calls. My thinking at this point is that the Villain may have a little piece (10-9, 6-5, etc) or a mid pair. Or, she may just be floating me. Not sure whether she's the type to raise w a set to try to stack the donk (me) if he has an overpair, so can't eliminate the set, though unlikely.
Pot is $67
I check the pot, expecting the Villain to bet. My plan was to check/call the turn and lead out again on most rivers. My thinking was to exercise some pot control on the turn.
Villain checked behind me, which surprised me. Made me think she may have some sort of low straight draw or that she had the middle pair w showdown value. I eliminate the chances of a monster w her turn check. I'm pretty sure my hand is good going to the river, only card I fear is an Ace.
Pot is $67
Unless she had 10-9, I'm confident my hand is good at this point. (not saying it was, but I believed it was). I pause for a bit considering options. Almost led out $35 - and usually do in this type of situation. But decided that she was the type of player who would bet this for me given that I'd shown weakness and was fresh meat to the table. Wasn't sure if I'd CR her bet or simply check call at that point, wanted to see how she reacted.
So, I checked to her and with no hesitation, she cut out $81 as a bet.
In my mind, the overbet polarized her range. She either had a big hand such as the 2 pair, possibly hitting trips on the river, etc OR she was pouncing on the weakness just as I had expected / enticed.
Pot is $148.
With the overbet, I did not feel a CR was in order, so I called.
As played, my line looks very passive w the turn checks and the check/call river.
Thoughts on how I played it, my thinking along the way, etc Regardless of what she had and the results of the hand, want to make sure I learn. Thanks.