re: Poker & Trap or raise? The eternal problem.
So here's three hands that all revolve around this idea that all kind of relate to each other. All .25/.50 6max hold'em.
1. Hero dealt 6s 6d
UTG: Raises to $1.50
UTG +2 (villain): Raises to $5
Folds around, UTG folds.
Hero: Calls for $3.50
*Bit of a loose call since I'm paying $3.50 for $8. But there's 16 AKs, 4 AQs, 20 hands I'm a bit ahead, and there's 30 TT+ hands. But we'll see.
Flop: 8s 6c Ad
*Yahtzee. If his hand is AK, AQ, I'm golden. Of course, if it's a TT+ hand I probably won't get much money, and if it's AA I'm screwed.
Villain: Bets 7.50 (about 2/3 pot with some change).
*OK - now I really really hope villain has AA.
Villain: Bets $15
Hero: Raises $35.50 and is All-In.
*Here's my logic. First of all, I'm so flabbergasted that I caught Quads I just check instinctually (fantastic right). He bets. Now I have two choices, flat call or raise. If I flat call I think anything other than AA is going to get suspicious and the river might kill my action. So I just shove and hope that my opponent thinks I'm bluffing or that I'm holding a lesser Ace. In retrospect this probably wasn't the best play, but it worked. But I guess because he only had to call $20 into a $65 pot and figured there weren't many combinations beating him he went for it.
Villain shows AQ of spades.
2. This hand is kind of important because it sets up #3.
Hero is BB. Dealt 8h 8d
UTG (villain) limps in.
SB calls for .25.
Hero: Raises to $2.50
UTG: calls for $2.
Flop: 4d 5h 3h
*Not the greatest flop in the world for me, but not a bad one.
*This is a bit odd, but here's my line of thinking. My guy either limped in with a drawing hand, or small pocket pair. *Maybe* wanted to do something tricky with a good hand. So this is kind of an "information check" for me. I think any pocket pair would take the betting lead and everything else would take a free card. My feeling is if I lead out, I'm probably getting called by worse, but I'm not going to have any information because most holdings are going to peel whether they hit in any way or not. A more seasoned player might be able to correct my play here but I think it makes sense.
*Safe looking card.
Hero: Bets $2.75 (little more than half pot)
*Call has me a touch nervous as I could be getting trapped, but there's so many draws on the board I feel like over cards and drawing hands might still call here.
*This is not such a good card for me. I take it in a weird direction and decide to rep a value hand. I don't know if the guy is drawing and to what but I figure I want to see a show down and I don't want it to be too expensive.
Hero: Bets $5.50 (just over 1/2 pot)
Villain: Tanks and folds.
*I think my Villain may have folded something like AK, or possibly pocket 2s, Or A3, A4. More importantly I think my Villain felt like he was being pushed out of the pot a little bit. I expect him to play a little more aggressively in the future.
3. Hero is BB. Dealt 8c 8h
UTG (villain from #2) - limps in.
Folds to SB. SB raises $2.
Hero calls $1.50
UTG raises $5.
SB calls $3
Hero calls $3.
*So I am probably a dog to our Villain who basically played the most obvious AA hand ever, limp under the gun followed by a min raise 3 bet. If he doesn't have AA I'm shocked. Why am I in the hand? Because paying $3 to see $12 with implied odds
out the ass.
Flop: 8d 4c 9c
*Perfect flop for me.
Villain: Bets $10 (2/3 pot).
*So here I check to him because there's zero reason for him not to bet the pot. Likewise, if I call my hand isn't revealed as a set of 8s. There's a lot of drawing hands getting a good price to see the flop, and JJ, QQ, KK all would be sticking around as well. My trap depends on being able to conceivably have a smaller holding than AA (which is a very narrow range to put him on, but c'mon).
UTG: Bets $12.50 (roughly 1/3 pot).
*In this situation I have to figure out if I'm calling or raising. If he had bet bigger, as in example #1, I'd probably raise. But because he's min-raising it's fairly obvious he wants me on the river so he can bet more. The only other reason he'd do this is if he had a set of 9s or Qs, or TJ, which while possible, is fairly unlikely (especially TJ, I just can't see him playing that in this way). So here, I'm choosing to call because I feel I'll be able to check-raise him on the river provided a club doesn't show up.
*Great. A blank. He will almost assuredly bet here.
UTG: Shoves $29.06.
Hero: Obviously calls.
*That went better than expected. My original plan was to check raise but I guess the pot was big enough my villain figured might as well try to make his shove look bluffy.
Villain shows Aces. I show him a set of 8s.