This is a discussion on $2 NLHE 6-max: Should I have been calling from the Small Blind? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; Hi Everybody,
Would love to get your feedback on whether I played this correctly. Thanks in advance.
Flatting in the SB should only be used as an exploit against villains with certain tendencies, you have the worst position on the table post flop and you still have a player left to act behind you that can make you fold your equity.
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It is rarely a good play to call from SB, and if you just never do it, you are not making a big mistake if any. The few situations, where I might consider it, is, if I have a pocket pair, and I am facing a mini-raise. Or in a tournament, where I want to play for pot control, because its on the bubble. Otherwise 3-betting or folding is almost always the best play from SB. This hand is a pretty clear fold. When Villain raise so big, its probably even a fold from BB, and much more so from SB. Your donk bet was also not a good play. You had absolutely nothing, so on the flop you should just check and give up. But much better to not even see the flop.
re: Poker & $2 NLHE 6-max: Should I have been calling from the Small Blind?
Preflop it's just a fold. Suited you could consider a 3 bet. Post flop why did you lead out with no equity ? After you've called it's simply a check fold on the flop you haven't connected with the board. If you think you can outplay him and float the flop looking to take it away from him on later streets then check call but I wouldn't even advise this. Just fold pre
I like the call short handed, but many people fold there. The donk bet looks really bluffy, so it's only useful against a very weak player, or when you hit vs a non believer. Folding would be my first choice.
If you don't know who the sucker is ... ... ...
Yes. You often see late position open 3.5x 2 bets in cash games. Won't think nothing of it unless I have history with the guy to know he's never doing that unless he has a premium hand. If he has a premium hand, that means great implied odds for you which is more incentive to call.
Cash games are more about gambling than any format. Players pay to draw provided the math says so. You can always reload. Blinds stay the same. When there's bigger stacks and you're a big stack then the implied odds go thru the roof.
T9o is a great draw potential hand to to see a flop
Personally I think it's either a fold or a 3bet, preferably a fold.
But if you are going to 3bet or call if you want, do so with T9s.
With T9o you are going to miss on a lot of flops where you have to fold to a cbet.
Even in those boards that you hit, you might be dominated and lose a big pot.