re: Poker & Some NLHE low stake scenarios I'm having problems with
Originally Posted by RVladimiro
Hi everyone, hope I can get some help with some very specific scenarios. I know that posting hands is the way to go, but bear with me, I'm looking at hands for a couple of hours and I'd like to hear from you regarding general scenarios that I'm basicaly having troubles making decisions. Assume villains to be mindless loose passive players.
I am not the original raiser and I'm in position. I flop a mid pair. Original raiser c-bets and I call. Original raiser checks the turn... what should I do? Take charge?
As mentioned above, there are a lot of factors that you haven't mentioned that are important for deciding the best course of action here. Your reads on this particular oppenent, stack sizes, even table size (at a shorter table the hands that your opponent might have should be different).
But I'll tackle the first to give you an idea. Assuming low stakes, full stacks, average opponent for these levels of something like 22/12 VPIP/PFR, somewhat but not overly positionally aware, not raising from under the gun (where his range of hands might be stronger), continuation bets sometimes but not always, you're probably WA/WB. You have a hand, there's a decent chance that you have the best hand. How likely is it that you can be outdrawn? If you have a J on a QJ3 board there are far less dangerous cards to come than if you have a 6 on a Q63 board.
You don't want to build the pot with a weakish hand unless you think your opponent is likely to pay you of with worse. Is this opponent likely to call you down with his underpair? Or with his A8? If so, then bet.
How aggressive is this particular opponent? Is he likely to check/raise you on the turn, leaving you wondering whether he has top pair or an overpair or is just bluffing
How weak is this particular opponent? If you bet how likely is it that he'll fold a better second pair hand, or will do so if you bet both the turn and the river? If you have no fold equity then you really have to guess whether your hand is going to be better than his on showdown.
Don't lump all of these situations into the same category without considering the board and your specific opponent. On a non-dangerous board against a somewhat aggressive opponent I'd be likely to check and hope he bluffs the river, but that can get tricky depending on the river card. Against a passive calling station I might be once or even twice, depending on the board. With a very vulnerable pair or on a drawy board I might bet and fold to a raise or fold to a call and a river bet. It all depends.