Originally Posted by Bombjack
Pre-flop, I don't like the call if you're going to play it this passively. But if you're deep, pre-flop matters less. Straddled pots generally mean you're not so deep though.
As for the river call, maybe it's profitable if you know he's bluffing, but he could even be bluffing with a better hand than yours. More usually it's a Spade since it's not an especially great time to bluff versus two other players. And if he has a spade above an 8 or 9 he should definitely be value betting, especially if people are going to call him with a pair of fives!
Just wondering, if you didn't have the pair of fives, would you have called him with your Ace high? Or maybe come over the top of his bet?
I'm not too concerned with my choice to call pre-flop. I know that people tend to have very different opinions about ranges of cards to play pre-flop from certain positions and my play can certainly be on the loose end of things. But it is a style that seems to work well for me and be profitable.
As for the call on the river, clearly, that is a matter that is up for debate. I am happy that I made the correct read and was able to take down the pot, but I continue to question whether or not it was worth taking the risk for such a small pot. Certainly, as many people have pointed out, he could have been value betting/semi-bluffing/throwing money into the pot with a small spade.
I will say this, however, about the read. This guy was playing somewhat aggressively in his brief time at the table so far and he gave off that super agressive aura. I was very sure that he would have bet top pair on the flop into a raised pot even with three spades on the board. I was also almost as confident that he would have taken a stab at it on the turn with anything but a super low spade. That is why I made the call I did.