Originally Posted by Sori
Although I would also call here with TPTK, from my own experience I seem to overvalue top pair, top kicker and lose a ton of big pots with it. I still find it almost impossible to fold TPTK at micro levels unless there is an obvious straight or flush draw.
I guess my biggest leak when holding TPTK, is losing to flopped sets. People tend to slowplay these and I get burnt way too much it seems. Any suggestions with improving my ability to "put my opponent on a set"?
Very few opponents you can come across that you can put on a set exactly. Look at their calling/raising range If they raise 1% pre and flop comes 863 you can discount their range containing a set, look at board texture and opponenets tendancies, form a range based on information then work out how much equity you have against that range. If opponents stars betting you then know if you have enough equity against his range. You're rarely going to put a fairly unknown player exclusively on a set.
Oh and at micros if a fairly passive player takes the baluga line on a dry board their range is very heavily weighted towards sets.