Originally Posted by ClubArrow77
Here is my reasoning for the hands.
First hand, I raised to punish the SB limp and to narrow down the field. The flop was unfavorable with the Ace so I checked. The second card game me the set and bet pot for value. The river I felt I was a ahead but also got Aces on another table which I began to focus on. I think possibly a less than pot bet here would be good for value since I feel checking would miss value as people will call down with Ace kicker or two pair here.
Why is the flop unfavourable?
What do you accomplish by xing back?
What do you accomplish by betting?
I dont think the flop is unfavourable. You will have the best hand most often here.
I like xing back here but not because its unfavourable but because its a common situation called way ahead way behind. This just means that if we bet, mostly better hands call and worse hands fold. So in a way we are doing the opposite of what betting is supposed to do. Although there are some draws out there, the vast majority of his range that we beat will just fold and Ax, flush draws and maybe a couple other combos of hands will fold.
So i x back and when we hit the turn i like potting it too. Lets get some value when theres now a much more likely chance he will call with worse. He will have Ax, 1 card flush draws, possibly a 9x he wants to call, and some other random hands.
On the river i would bet huge again. Stereotypically a river raise is very strong but i think our hand beats out a lot of his value range. He could have a better set or flush but more often he will have Ax, 2pr etc.
So i think that hand 1 was well played.