$1/2 6 max NL: 3-bet, check-fold?
When I play I try to think of my spot as much as possible. The combination of the cards, the players, the dynamic at the table, positions, bet sizings - all coming together to create a unique spot.
And this is one that I rarely find myself in, so I'm wondering if I played it optimally. I think I did.
UTG +1: 70
BB (Hero): 478
I'm holding AcQh
Fold, fold, CO limps in for 2, BTN raises to 6, SB calls, I 3-bet to 24, CO calls, BTN folds, SB calls.
So my initial thought is that CO cold calling my 3-bet is really odd. The CO is probably the best player at the table and can play a bit tricky. But I don't think I'm up against a big pair or AK. That table is reasonably aggressive and I think he would standard open that, or at the very least come over the top - plus I'm blocking an Ace and a Queen. So I think he wants to play multiway in position and put him on suited connector kind of hands, or possibly a set mining hand. Something where he can expect to hit the flop hard or find a bluff. I have no idea what the SB is in with but I imagine it's something of similar ilk, like a KQs kind of hand - and now he's just along for the ride because he feels he's getting the right price.
Flop - rake - $75
7d 10d 2d
I hate this flop. Given the range of hands I'm likely to have the only nutty hands are Ad Kd, Ad Qd, Kd Qd, AA with a diamond, KK with a diamond. Everything is else is a vulnerable hand on this board. And if I were just against the CO, I would be fine with this. But because I have no real idea what the SB is in with, Ace combos with a big diamond are in his range.
So given the spot I'm in, I actually think the best line here is to check-fold.
Checks to me, I check, CO checks. Now, I would think any made flush or any diamond draw would bet here. But I'm not totally comfortable because the SB could be looking for a C-R, and the CO could be disguising his hand (he did limp-call a 3-bet pre flop). I feel a little better about my hand, but not much.
8 of spades peels on the turn. SB checks to me. I consider putting in a bet but I'm not sure I believably rep any value hands at this point, so I think the only hands I fold are missed drawing hands that don't have diamonds, ie, stuff I'm already beating. So I check as well. CO bets half pot exactly.
And I think at this point if I did have any sort of show down value I would consider a call or a raise. But I really don't. This half pot bet actually looks fairly strong to me because with two of us in I think the CO is begging for a call. SB folds. I opt to fold as well.
Weird hand. And I know it makes me look like a super passive player. But I actually think I took the best line here.