This is a local live $210 buy-in deep stack tournament with 30 minute levels and 35K starting stacks; the following hand takes place in the second level with blinds at $100 $200 and no ante.
The player from UTG +1 limps in for $200 and everyone folds to me in the hijack seat. I find
The UTG player is an older man (probably between 50 and 60) and is your classic NIT/rock. I raise to $600 and he calls after everyone else folds.
Given how he has played the hand so far I can nearly certainly throw every hand he should have from UTG out of the window and be fairly confident that he opened light. Of the remaining playable range for this player, pocket pairs 9 9 and less dominate. However he could still have K 10 or Q J or something like that.
Flop: (Pot $1500)
My opponent checks and I bet $1K. He raises to $3K and I call.
With the C/R his range is now extremely narrow and has pretty much been reduced to any two pair combinations or sets. I can’t really see how any two pair combo’s would be in his range, so it’s not too hard to surmise that he has a set of threes or fours.
Turn: (Pot $7500)
My opponent bets $6K and I flat.
River: (Pot $19,500)
My opponent checks and I just drop the rest of my chips in the pot. This triggers his call as he can’t get his chips in fast enough. He shows
and I take it down.
I have a couple of issues with this one though:
1. He has done an excellent job of defining his range for me with a C/R on the flop. This is the defining moment in this hand as I now hold one pair to a near certain set. Since I know he is a NIT, should I have folded to the C/R?
2. When the
comes off on the river and he checks the possibility that he just made quads went through my mind. I knew he had a set, but I didn’t know which one.
Do I follow suit and check – thereby saving myself a lot of chips if he made quad fours?
If I choose that course of action though I think I cost myself tons a value if he has a set of threes.
These factors went through my mind and I wouldn’t have minded if the
had not showed up on the river, but I figured it like a flip. I’ve got a 50/50 here as I’m near certain he has one of two hands – if I lose I go buy another stack; but if I win I have effectively doubled up very early on.