Pre-flop: I like the raise size. With a calling station in the BB you'll get a lot of calls from dominated hands.
Flop: You usually want to check it back where only worse hands will fold because you're only protection yourself from 3-6 outs (3 of the 6 may be money cards for you if he has an A or K) and if you get called you're giving value to a better hand. Usually in this spot I think checking it down is the better option.
Turn: Yeah, check behind and hope to catch the A or K on the river, or be able to check behind on the river and hope that he called you on the flop with something he shouldn't have.
Originally Posted by pokerman27
Personally I beleive my raise on the river was a semi bluff with showdown potential as I think he was playing a weaker ace.
There is no such thing. It's either for value or a bluff. Semi-bluffing exists only when there are still cards to come (i.e. you have a significant amount of outs).
In this case, it was a bluff. Yes, you have showdown potential if he checks but you have no showdown value against his calling range. You're turning your hand into a bluff, if he folds you win, if he calls you're dominated. Mind you, that's just details here. Since he bet to you your options are fold/raise because calling with A high to catch bluffs is kinda spewy.
As played I don't think he has much, 22-88 (excluding sets) or caught the 5 or 6, I fold here because I don't want to bluff a calling station, I'm only basing the assumption that he's a calling station on the amount of hands he plays but if you think he'll fold a small one pair hand then go ahead and raise but don't make it 40c, you're just begging him to call. Raise to 70c (less than the size of the pot ((83c)) so we need a fold less than half of the time, but big enough that it's hard to call).
I may be wrong and he did have A high, in which case your raise was an insanely thin value bet. If you had reason to think he was bluffing
a weak hand more than 25% of the time then the correct play is to call, not raise.