Originally Posted by Lucothefish
I have a question and if I like your answer I will ship you enough for a month of coaching. There are lots of times where I fold a quality hand like 93o preflop and the flop comes 993r so I would have had a boat, should I just get it all in if I feel a boat coming?
Ahhh brilliant. I've been waiting for a question like this.
What we have here is a classic case of being results oriented. You see, you're forgetting all those times that villain shows up with pocket Ks and binks the turn.
Anyway, let's just break it down. The way I see it, we can play 93o in 3 ways.
1) We can limp, and when we hit 993 on the flop we slowplay to the river and then jam it all in. Sometimes we'll get called.
2) We open for a raise, but the problem here is, we often get too many folds.
3) If we feel a boat coming on, then obviously getting it all in preflop is the aim. However, on the rare occasions that our instincts let us down, we're probably only flipping vs their range.
So, assuming you're well rolled and can handle the variance without going on tilt, then option 3 is probably the best play, followed by 1. Opening hands for a raise is usually problematic and can get us in some tough spots, so 2 is out in most cases anyway.