This is a discussion on $200 NLHE Full Ring: AK - fold or not? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; Played some live $1/$2 this weekend and just wanted to share a few hands and get some opinions. Always like to be improving and never
Flop: your c-bets don’t need to be this big. Among other reasons, it bloats the pot and forces you to play big on later streets, unless...
...You double barrell the turn way too small (as you did). Now, villain has good equity on a lot of drawing hands, and you don’t learn much about his range. His shove is not surprising since he has very little left to play with and maximizes his return should he hit/have anything.
You should call. There are too many drawing hands in his range that give you a chance.
Most important takeaway here is bet LAGs for value (when you have a strong hand). Save inflated pots and weak bets for nits and soft TAGs.
Its always important to have an idea, why we are betting, and it this spot its clearly to get better hands to fold ie. we are bluffing. This also mean, that when we get check-raised all in on the turn, we got caught, and it should be a very easy decision to fold.
So the real question is, was this a good spot to bluff? And I will say, that in a vacuum its fine. But of course it require an opponent, who is actually able to get away from his smallest pocket pairs on a board like this.
And from the description of the Villain, maybe he was not really the kind of guy, you want to run a lot of bluffs against. If he like to get to showdown with a lot of holdings, is he then really folding his 77 on a board like this, probably not. So against him specifically you might have been better off checking back the flop and using your hand as a bluff catcher.