I got lucky!
.05/.10 NL HE, 3-handed.
Table had been pretty loose and making extremely weird calls and pushes at times. We had only been 3-handed for a few rounds.
Me (Button, ~$10)
Player 2 (SB, ~$12)
Player 3 (BB, ~$5)
Me, Ts9s, raise to $.40
Player 2, ??, call $.35
Player 3, ??, call $.30
Pot - $1.20
Flop - Ah-7c-8s
Player 2, check
Player 3, check
Me, bet $0.60
Player 2, raise to $1.70 (pot is now $3.50)
Player 3, fold
Me, call $1.10
Pot - $4.60
Turn - Jd
Player 2, bet $2.00
Me, raise to $4.00
Player 2, call $2.00
Pot - $12.60
River - Blank (can't remember and the hand histories where i play don't work right now, but I'm pretty sure it was a 5-2)
Player 2, check
Me, bet $4
Player 2, call $4
I show my straight and he mucks, saying "nice fishing".
I usually let the previous 2-5 hands decide whether to raise or limp with a hand like T-9 suited, and I'd been playing pretty tight the past few hands and felt this was a pretty clear raise. If I hit a pair there's a decent chance that I'll have the best hand with only 2 opponents, and if i hit big my hand will be really disguised. An additional reason for rasing here is that I started to feel like I was getting slightly predictable.
Once the flop hit and it got checked to me I had the perfect setup for a semi-bluff, an ace to represent and 8 cards to hit if someone decided to play with me. The size of the bet, half the pot, felt pretty natural, since that's my default bet unless there's a likely draw to defend my hand against.
Calling his check-raise was a pretty easy decision, since I had effective odds
a bit better than 3-1 and the combination of our stack sizes and the camouflage my hand had made for some very juicy implied odds.
My play on the turn is what I really question about this hand. I was min-raising to get a bit more money in the pot, so I could make a bigger bet on the river and still give him near irresistable odds. Should I have just flat called here? I don't think that I had to consider him possibly sucking out on the river, since a draw to a straight better than mine seemed very unlikely and I never could have folded if the board paired, due to his actions in previous hands. So the main question is really what play on the turn wins me the biggest pot on the river when my hand holds up. One thing that made me feel a bit stupid about the turn raise is that it might look to him as if I'm holding A-J, making it harder to get maximum value the times he has a hand worse than that.
The 1/3 pot bet on the river is a choice I'm pretty comfortable with, given previous action and our stack sizes. I had a feeling he could get away from an all-in, and a bet leaving me with less than $5 seemed a bit too suspicious. An extra benefit was that there was a slight chance he'd see the small bet as a sign of weakness and move in on me as a desperate attempt to take down what had become a really big pot.
I have only been playing NL cash games for about a week (a bit more than 1k hands), so I'm really looking forward to some insight from all you people more familiar with this type of situation.
Please be constructive in your criticism.