Originally Posted by Matthew Southall
100NL 6-max zoom on PokerStars. Villain is unknown.
Hero (SB): $100.00
Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with 8<font color='red'>♥</font> 7<font color='red'>♥</font>
2 folds, CO raises to $2.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $2, 1 fold
Flop: ($6.00) 4<font color='red'>♥</font> 8<font color='black'>♠</font> 9<font color='black'>♠</font> (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $3.79, Hero calls $3.79
Turn: ($13.58) 6<font color='black'>♠</font> (2 players)
Hero checks, CO checks
River: ($13.58) 3<font color='black'>♠</font> (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $6, Hero calls $6
What do you think about the way hero played this hand?
Preflop call is questionable, but I still think it's ok. We can flop well, and maybe win some $$$. However, being an unknown V, I don't really have any clue if we have IO. We don't know if dude is tight, a POW, etc. That being said, I probably lean toward a fold preflop. It's gonna be HU, OOP, only one villain, so if we smash flop, maybe still get no action, thus it's not worth the gamble preflop.
So as played, I don't like calling flop C-bet. Either raise or fold (I think fold is super nitty, but fine). If we raise, and get called, be ready to empty the effin' clip. Bam bam bam.
We are playing hands like 8-7s to flop huge hands, 5 -card hands, draws to the nuts, flushes (when our opponent is on a narrow range, like overpairs). We don't want to be C/C on shitty boards with 2nd pair, running for the Mayor of "no-mans-land".
So what if a 7 comes off? What if a J, Q, K, A, or spade comes off on turn? What do we do? Fold? Check/call again? So like more than half the deck is shitty cards for us....
Edit: The 7 coming off could be a reverse implied odds
fiasco if V holds J-10.
Leaning towards a fold pre. Call ok, but questionable.
Fold or C/R flop (I like just folding, cutting losses).
We are playing spec hands like this to smash flops with huge draws and huge hands. We are not playing them to live on an island, all by ourselves, in no man's land, check/calling with 2nd pair, when tons of turn cards are gross, and we are OOP. What a long sentence.
And the river:
Fold. Even bluffs are probably beating your hand.
The disclaimer is below..... just my $0.02