Harrington on Hold'em Volume III
I just bought Volume III, after reading I and II of course, and I have to say I wish I had of read this yesterday. He talks about and interesting concept that came up for me in a $1/$1 no-limit ring game. I was in the small blind with about $125.00 ( I bought in for $100) and I had pocket queens. 2 limpers in front of me and I raised to $5.00. BB raised $10.00 to $15.00. Both limpers folded. He seemed like a solid player but he was fairly new to the table so I wasn't sure. I called.
Flop came 8d, 8s, Qs. Perfect flop. I actually put him on AA, KK or AK, with 10,10 or JJ possible but not likely. I checked figuring if he had one of those holding he had to bet with the flush draw on the board. He bet $15.00 and I smooth called.
Turn is 2h, I check. Opponent bets $15.00 again and again I smooth call. I think this is where I made my first mistake. I could have reraised here I think but I wanted him to think i was on a draw or had AQ.
River comes 4s. I did not want to see another spade since I didn't put him on a draw and thought it was likely he put me on a flush draw, if so, I just hit and might not make any more money. Here's where I definatley erred. I checked. He thought for a few seconds, said "You slow playing me?" and checked back. He had pocket aces and I won a nice pot but I could have owon more I think. He would have had to call a raise between $10 and $20.00 I think with that hand.
What Harrington says in problem #7 is that if you think you are facing a good hand but one that can be beat, you should bet because they may call but will be happy to check it down at the end if you don't bet. If you think he had nothing then you check to induce the bluff since that is the only way he can win and obviously he can't call a bet or reraise.
Like i said I wish I had of read that yesterday, lol.
I did end up wining about $250.00 for the session so it wasn't too bad.
If you haven't read Harrington's books do so immediatley, the best Hold'em books written I think.