This is a discussion on $5 NLHE 6-max: Ten-deuce beats a set. Bad game ? or Brunson's confidence within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; It seemed to me that I acted incorrectly, but I still won thanks to the confidence in this hand.
It helped to have a passive villain. I would add that if you are going to steal the BB here, or attempt to, that your raise should be larger than a min raise. That is going to be called almost always and then you are out of position with a hand like 102 where you are generally in trouble.
Flop is great for you with a pair and a flush draw but on that wet of a board with bottom set villain should be raising here. When they raise here you will be inclined to call due to pair and flush draw. If that happened and you call then life will get really tough for you when turn card doesnt come in and villain double barrels. This hand worked for you since villain did not raise you are turn flush came in. However, many times this will be a scenario where you do get raised and then are in a tough spot on the turn. 102 magic? Maybe but like most hands tweak a few things and this could have been a huge chip bleed for you.
re: Poker & $5 NLHE 6-max: Ten-deuce beats a set. Bad game ? or Brunson's confidence
In a non-ante cash game my default would be to fold this hand from SB. If BB is very tight and passive, I can see going for a steal, but I would never min-raise out of position. You are giving him 3:1 + position on you, so unless he is a complete moron, he is going to call you with any two cards.
You flopped second pair and a flushdraw, so pretty good flop obviously. You cant really go wrong here, unless you fold. Against very aggressive opponents I lean towards a check-call, but C-betting is certainly going to be +EV as well, and you can easily call a raise. On a coordinated board like this and with deep cash game stacks I would go larger than half pot though. Maybe 2/3 or something like that.
You improved to a flush, so obviously loving life now. You could get tricky now and go for a check-raise, but the safe option is to just continue betting. That takes away the risk of him checking back, which you really dont want. While you are almost certainly ahead now, there are some bad river cards for you, mainly another diamond, that could either make your hand bad or kill your action. Once again you press the half pot button, and as played on the flop that is probably fine to not give away a bet sizing tell, that you liked the turn card. I would have preferred some larger bets on both streets though.
Pretty good card for you once again, since it did not put out a 1-liner to a flush or pair the board. There is also a chance it could have improved him to two pair or a straight, and this time you bet a little larger, which I like.
Overall a well played hand postflop, but preflop needs some work, and I am not a big fan of all this half pot betting. Its something, I have been "guilty" of myself, but in general half pot is not a preferred bet size by solvers. For me it has helped to simply remove this button, because it force me to either bet small or large and to think about, which is most appropriate for the situation. In general dry boards are good for betting small and wet boards like this are good for betting large.
The table was a tight one. The minimum raise was enough to take the blinds in some cases. But I was not particularly eager to do this. I was the aggressor on the preflop, so I made a continuation bet on the flop. Ten-deuce improved on the turn. But the size of the bet has not changed, so as not to show the opponent the strength of the hand. I also assumed that a pair of jacks with a weak kicker or draw could continue to call. River allowed me to get a little more, but I didn't expect ten-deuce to win the set.