This is a discussion on $10 NLHE 6-max: Are we checking this flop or betting for protection? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; Pacific Poker - €0.10 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4
Hero (BTN): 100 BB
SB: 147.9 BB
BB: 255.6 BB
It's usually better to bet the flop for value and protection. Plenty of worse hands like A9, 33, or 6d5d can call. You also don't want two players to get free cards when they could easily have a combined 12 outs against you to hit a higher pair.
Pre-flop, turn and river all look good. So I think you played this hand very well on all streets.
Hello there Casey55, thank you for sharing your hand.
It is okay to be opening 50% from BTN, because we need to steal the blinds. However, when we do open weak combos from BTN and get two caller we need to evaluate the situation postflop. Here two players call, which is never a good thing, because now our odds are not so good as if when we are heads-up
A very dry board, and as long as SB and BB checked, I would lean more towards checking here too. We bet for protection when do we hit something significant and when the flop is more connected. In this case you are blocking the 4x that Villains could have on their ranges and the flop is blocking 8x, so which hands we open from the BTN, get two callers and c-bet 1/2 pot on a dry board?
When you do c-bet 1/2 pot, what is your overall plan for the turn? Which cards are you betting, which cards are you checking, what if both players call c-bet, we need to be thinking one street later so we can make the best decisions.
Excellent your game. In NL10 you shouldn't think to about post flop range building. You probably looked for efficient fold equity in these villains with your half pot cbet bet. So I think it was a nice fold on the river.
It's usually better to bet the flop for value and protection. Plenty of worse hands like A9, 33, or 6d5d can call. You also don't want two players to get free cards when they could easily have a combined 12 outs against you to hit a higher pair. Pre-flop, turn and river all look good. So I think you played this hand very well on all streets.
I agree. I would also play this hand the exact same way, hero did. I will also say, that during this new poker boom caused by the virus I have increased my C-betting frequency in general especially in cash games. It seems to me, that many of the new recreational players are folding a lot to flop C-bets, which is pretty much, how online poker reportedly was back in 2005.