This is a discussion on $2 NLHE 6-max: QJs, put myself in an interesting spot within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; PokerStars, Hold'em No Limit - $0.01/$0.02 - 6 players
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UTG: $1.49 (75 bb)
MP: $3.42 (171 bb)
CO: $2.40 (120 bb)
BU: $2.20 (110 bb)
PF: I think the reraise is fine, maybe 1BB larger but other than that pretty standard
I think raising into the pot is not really that good here, since you get called by better hands and some draws, but most worse hands for sure folds here, and most draws are supposed to raise here, so by checking you keep his worse hands in the pot, and also you don't risk getting reraised since you probably have to fold then. If this is however complete fishes that limps + calls with anything, maybe thin value betting is fine? I would still check it most times.
Turn: Would also check it here. You have showdown value and somewhat block some of the straight combos. Let him bet and then probably call, and then if you don't improve you most likely fold to larger river bets.
River: I mean, he most likely has you beat. There are some missed draws, but you block a few of the combinations. Him limping is the weird part, so he could have a somewhat broader range, some random medium pairs turned into 2 pairs, lots of Kx combos (probably). He seems weak, but I think you are beat almost always, so good fold.
re: Poker & $2 NLHE 6-max: QJs, put myself in an interesting spot
I would always isolate this hand in position, but out of position I might just complete. I dont think, you get all three players to fold very often, and then you just end up playing a bloated pot out of position. I dont hate the isolation though, so its largely a question of style and table dynamics.
I would check. Your hand is not good enough to go for 3 streets of value, and the only turn card, which is really bad for you, is an ace. So there is not much benefit in betting here for protection.
You picked up an OESD, which is good, but another bet will never get him to fold a better hand, and you still cant get 3 streets of value, unless you improve. Its also worth noting, that if he just made a straight, then you really dont want to get raised and end up playing a massive pot drawing to a chopper. Or even worse to the dummies end of the straight, if he has AQ, and a 9 comes on the river. So I think, this is a mandatory check for pot control and stack protection.