Two Pair vs. Top Pair
I recently discovered that it's hard to get a player who is holding Top pair to fold while you're holding the lower two pair. While you're ahead right now, you don't want them to pair their kicker to have a higher two pair. Let me give you an example of what I mean. This example hand really happened (to me, no less0 This is actually part Hand Analysis, part Poker Stragedy so bear with me.
The blinds are 10/20. I'm the Big Blind. I'm dealt
. Four players call the Big BLind and I check. The flop comes:
Small Blind Checks. I raise 500. The next player (let's call her Player A) calls, everyone else folds. The turn is:
I bet another 300, she calls. The river:
I bet 700, she goes all in. She was short stacked and I thought about it for a while. I called. She had:
Now, I know why she called me. She had top pair. It seemed that no matter how much I bet, she wouldn't fold. Now, she may be that kind of player. But, there are situations where you have lower two pair and you really don't want to slowplay them. Players with top pair won't fold easily, if at all. What do you think is the best stragedy when you hit lower two pair and you're convinced the player has top pair?