Hand I’d Like to Talk About!
This hand was in the 6th 30 minute level in a live $200 deepstack at my local casino. Starting stacks were $35K and I have about $55K. Blinds were $400 $800 with no ante.
The villain was three seats to my right and is an older man that wasn’t playing very well at all. Consistently he kept limp/calling OOP and would then led out and be on Jack high flops (that’s one example that I remember). He was playing hands that he shouldn’t have, KJ’s and J10’s OOP into raises after open limping; but it as working thus far and he had a stack comparable to my own; about $50K.
From the cutoff -1 he limped in for $800 after everyone folded to him. I was in the SB and raised to $3600 with
and he called as usual. As he called he made a speech “I’d call if I could figure out how much to put out there” referring to the array of multi-colored chips I had dropped in the pot in a purposely haphazard manner. The button and BB both folded pre-flop.
From the SB I was first to act and had not done so yet, but upon seeing the flop he nearly immediately bet $6K out of turn.
So the question is: How do I proceed?
I know that I am out of position and will be for the entire hand. I also know that my opponent likes the flop and would bet if he could. I know for sure that his action is anything but a bluff.
1. My initial thought at the table was to bet anyway but I thought better of it right there. I recalled a Mike Caro quote “It’s rarely advantageous to bet if your opponent will do it for you!” Also, if he was so eager to bet, I might be raised which would spell disaster for my hand (though I think that possibility is pretty low in this case with this player).
2. I could just shove the flop – but I don’t really like this for a number of reasons but first and foremost is that it is so early in the tournament and the pot is not all that big.
3. I could C/R – but I run into many of the problems as in option 2 as doing so would likely commit my whole stack.
4. I could check and call- taking a passive line.
5. I could check and call and consider bluff/shoving on a later street if the right cards falls. However, I think this is a terrible idea with this player.
I chose option 4 and called the $6K bet from the overzealous villain.
I stayed passive and checked. He bet $6K and I called.
I check and fold.
The villain shows
I’d just like to talk this one out. I don’t really like how I played it, but then again I can’t really come up with a better way either. Maybe I should have just completed the bet from the SB and check folded then. I could have just folded pre too as well, the pot wasn’t going to be very big and I lost a good portion of my stack because I chose to play here. But that’s results orientated and I’m trying to think in terms of +EV. Any help?