Originally Posted by spore
I don't know if I really like the call all the way with medium-strength hands theory. But, something to "stick in my pipe and smoke" as they say. lol
I donīt like it either. Calling down to the river is a bad move in my opinion. I just said that generally in the river you have to check with medium strength hands because if you bet youīll only get called (or raised) by a better hand (unless you have seen your opponent calling with crap, but since this is the 1st hand, you donīt have that information).
I think that your river check was good. A single pair isnīt good enough to fight a big pot. You may tell me that you missed some money because of your river check, but i still think it was right because in my opinion your opponentīs check in the river could meant 2 different things: He was slowplaying or he gave up and decided that your resistance was a signal that you had him beat. In the first situation you obviously want to check, and in the second one if you bet heīs probably going to fold. Actually if he was or not going to fold is an information that you are going to know afterwards, but as i said before, since this is the 1st hand you donīt have that information so the check was the correct move.
As a conclusion one of the exceptions to that rule is when you know that your opponent will call with a worse hand than your medium strength hand. In that case you can take advantage from him esecially on earlier streets.
Now in relation to the flop and turn calls, i have to say that i donīt like them. I can understand the turn call since a raise would take the pot out of control and you donīt want to do that with just a pair and no information, but what i donīt understand is your flop call. I think that the correct move was to make a raise, maybe 2.5 o 3 times his bet. You need to clarify if his flop bet was a continuation bet or not and also your raise is going to give you the control of the hand, which is great combined with position.
Anyway if youīre having a consistent profit and a great bankroll which is increasing more and more, it must mean that youīre doing the right moves, so donīt take so seriously my advices.