$4 NL HE 6-max: Turned straight vs. showing strength
PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.02 BB (6 handed) - Poker-Stars
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Hero (SB) ($4.86)
: Hero is SB with 9
, 7[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/heart.gif]
UTG calls $0.02, MP calls $0.02, 1 fold
, Button calls $0.02, Hero calls $0.01, BB checks
: ($0.10) 6[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif], 10[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/diamond.gif], Q[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/club.gif] (5 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, UTG checks, MP checks, Button checks
: ($0.10) 8[image: http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/images/smilies/spade.gif] (5 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $0.02
, 1 fold
, MP calls $0.02, 1 fold
, Hero raises to $0.10
, BB raises to $0.18
, 1 fold
, Hero raises to $0.50
, BB raises to $0.92
, Hero ???
I don't think there's anything wrong with completing here with 9:1 but if I'm wrong let me know. Obvious check on the flop, I think. The turn is where it gets interesting.
Now, I don't know what to think about the BB's min bet, but I decided to raise to get some money into the pot. I figure if either BB or MP has a flush draw I'll make them pay for it and make this worth paying for. Then the BB min-re-raises. As far as my experience has told me, a min-raise is an almost universal sign of a strong hand at micro limits. MP folds. I don't think a flush draw is gonna raise here unless maybe it's Q♠10♠ and he was trying to CR the flop. Also note, I don't have a good read on BB at this point, less than 10 hands.
I 4-bet there because the only hand that beats me is J9, and he could have a set, maybe 88. That min-re-raise is always a strong hand, but since only one hand beats me, I don't want to give anything a chance to catch up. When he raises, almost minimum, I feel like I'm definitely beat. But can I really fold here? Do I ship it? Do I call and see what happens on the river?