This is a discussion on $5 NLHE 6-max: 87 vs QQ within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; PokerStars Zoom No-Limit Hold'em, $ 0.05 BB (6 handed) -
Button ($ 6.37)
SB ($ 9.03)
Hero (BB) ($ 5)
UTG ($ 5.03)
MP ($ 12.56)
CO ($ 3.97)
Preflop : Hero
Preflop : Hero is BB with , 4 folds , the SB Raises to $ 0.12 , Hero calls $ 0.07 flop : ($ 0.24) , , (2 players) the SB checks, Hero checks assume that villain will often put on such a flop - in half the time it can put their nuts- , plus -,- plus : h4:, 9x9x -7x7x also in about half of the cases. This will be balanced by bluffs on gutshots: Ax10x , AxJx , Jx7x s-Jx2x s, Kx6x s, fd: 6x - 4x , Ax , Kx , Ax9x -Qx9x merge . We ourselves would defend against such a bet quite broadly: all top pairs, fd, straight-fd, flushes, straights, sets, two pair - we take all this into a call. In the case of a check, you can bet half the time with our value on flush-doppers, add straight draws and fd as a bluff, and put top pair in the merge. In half of the cases, it is reasonable to check the backhand
Bet oppa consists of overpairs, straights, flushes with 30% probability, medium sets, gutshots, two pair and sometimes bluffing 2xXx , because our set is blocking at 2x2x , and the hand itself is weak in this pot.
On the bet - call with our range of pairs fd streetfd + doppers, flush straights, top pairs
Opp bets with all doppers and nut flushes, straights, sets, as a bluff using open gutshots and weak Xx
River like a calm call on all two pairs, plus most of the top pairs
We can raise to 75% PSB with Jx10x , half , Ax : Qh4-6x :, - to bluff, push : Ah4:, others : h4: and part : Kh4:: h4: , : Qh4:, bluffing to : Ah4: Qx,Xx , something like Xh (block nut straight flush) will go to merge Opp will be forced to fold sets to Ax, because our bluffs are blocked, and will call the nut flushes, half of the remaining sets, mb is sometimes worth calling: Kh4: Ax , because we blchem the second most nut flush and don't block bluffs.
Total pot: $ 0.76 | Rake: $ 0.03 SB had, (one pair, Queens). Hero had, (two pair, eights and sevens).
Outcome: Hero won $ 0.73
On the river with such a hand, the oppo should check-call - it is unlikely that there will be enough hands in the bet for a justified call
Blind vs. blind we should defend very wide, especially against small sizing like this, so I am totally fine with making this call. I would probably fold, if he made it 18c or more.
I think, its ok to check back here, but we can also bet for value and protection. If we get a hand like 2c2h to fold, thats a great result, since he has 11 outs, and we can also get called by worse like an overpair with no heart (like the hand he had).
Turn and river
The runout is pretty good for us, we slightly underrepresented our hand on the flop, and we are facing small sizing. So I am pretty much never going to fold here, but our hand is not strong enough to raise for value. Calling down is 100% the best play.