re: Poker & Top pair and top kicker no good
Originally Posted by hffjd2000
The fact is, its really hard to sniff set. Most likely, we have to pay him off example above.
On river, you should not think only of draws but expand his range that he might be holding a set or two pair.
This. Once we get to that river, depending on the person, I am likely going to get a little bit suspicious. I might even check it to him (and probably call depending) just to keep the pot a bit lower at that point, thinking maybe he followed me with KQ or even less likely that set. For example...
I bubbled a $500 GTD 6 Max (7th) last night due to exactly this. I had a mid-level player acting before me, and checking it down all the way to the river as I bet reasonably hard.
I had AJs, flop came 3 3 J. He checks, I bet, he calls. Turn is trash. He checks, I bet, he calls. River is also trash. Now, based on my knowledge of this player, I know he didn't follow me in preflop with something like A3, or low suited connectors. I'm figuring he's got maybe KJ, or couldn't let go of 10s, or something. But on the river, he opens up with basically a value bet, and I called. I knew he didn't have one three, but the problem was he had two!
Note: That didn't KO me, by the way. I probaby should have clarified that it just crippled me under 10BB and I lost a race to get KO'd shortly after, AQ vs. 88.