Last to act - betting with the nuts, & soft playing
This happened in today's CC freeroll. The names at the table have been covered. There were only 2 of us in the hand, anyway. And I realize my play wasn't all that great, either, but I just wanted to bring up the issue that the player in the hand and I discussed a bit at the table: Betting when you are last to act with the absolute nuts.
So, here is the hand that played:
I'm in the SB, villain is in BB. Blinds at 20/40. Folds around to me.
I'm sitting with A3h. I raise 3x to 120. Villain reraises to 280. I call (I probably should have folded).
Flop comes Ad Kd 4c. I bet 280 in the 560 pot. Villain calls.
Turn comes Qd. Check. Check.
River comes Jd. Check..... and check.
Villain shows Qs 10d. Villains wins with the Royal Flush, but checked it.
There are a couple of reasons why you don't check the nuts when you are second to act.
1) What do you have to lose? You have the absolute best possible hand that you can have with those cards. You check, sure you win. You bet, they fold, you win the same amount. You bet, they call, you win more money. Or your best outcome, you bet, they raise... you reraise until they call or fold or get all in. You can't lose that hand.
2) We had a discussion about soft playing during this hand. Obviously, this wasn't a case of soft playing, but other players might not know that.
Soft playing is when players minimally bet so as the other player doesn't lose as much money. It's a form of collusion. At some casinos
and big tournaments, it's a rule that you MUST bet if you are last to act and have the absolute nuts. You can be penalized for it.