re: Poker & $200 NLHE Full Ring: $300 NL Live - hero call, or insanity?
Generally when I play deep stack poker at the 2-3 live games, I play a very wide range of hands, just about any pocket pair, non-suited connectors, and the occaisonal non-suited semi-conductors. Of course, if villains don't have deep stacks, I tend to leave them alone and play a narrower range. Generally if I open a pot it will be with a smallish raise of 4-5 BBs (that's small at these tables ussually, where 7-8 BBs would be the opposite end of the spectrum). I do vary my raise sizes to 'whatever I feel like that falls in the spectrum' unless I need my raise to do something other than make the pot bigger (make players fold slightly better hands, for instance). Now, I've digressed long enough.
I've been at the table for about eight rotations and the villain in the hand hasn't struck me as an exceptional player. He's accross the table from me and doesn't play a lot of hands. So I think a tighter range here is appropriate, or he's card dead.
Pretty much his check on the turn narrows his hand down. If he had an over pair and figured me for a draw, a correct line for the turn would be for him to bet. If he figures me for an over pair and he's on a draw, possibly with two overs, he figures me for a bet. Perhaps betting the turn would have been wise, however I'm in a tough situation if he raises, and I've only narrowed his hand down to a few things - top pair, over pair, or possible draw with overs to my hole cards. Against two of these I'm behind, and one of them I'm barely ahead, so I'm happy to check behind. I think he looked shocked because he figured me for a hand that was ahead, (JJ?) and was surprised because I wasn't trying to protect my hand.
The harmless card on the river is enough for me to call, realising his range doesn't have a lot of hands with 9 in them, and if I were behind on the flop he would have 3-bet the flop or bet the turn. Also the way he stacked up his chips. The story of the hand told me he didn't want me to call. So I did.
He mucked his hand before I showed my fours, and he commented on my good call.
I figured with the size of the bet, the size of the pot, and the number of draws that missed, it was safe to do so.