Flopping the nuts.



Apr 14, 2005
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This is my first post in the Hand Analysis Thread.

As you'll see in this hand I flopped the nuts. I always find it difficult to get the most amount of money out of your opponent when you've got an unbeatable hand. I was lucky because my hand was pretty well disguised and my opponent also flopped a strong hand.

I still picked up a decent pot but I felt I could have gotten more. I'd appreciate any comments on how I played this hand as well as suggestions on how I could have gotten more from it.

pokerstars Game #5491165267: Hold'em No Limit ($0.02/$0.05) - 2006/07/08 - 07:27:21 (ET)
Table 'Dactyl' 6-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: rikdedik ($7.25 in chips)
Seat 2: MikenOH ($2.83 in chips)
Seat 3: ChronicDaddy ($12.86 in chips)
Seat 5: 138Misfit ($2.98 in chips)
Seat 6: unyx ($7.98 in chips)
unyx: posts small blind $0.02
rikdedik: posts big blind $0.05
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 138Misfit [7d Td]
MikenOH: raises $0.05 to $0.10
ChronicDaddy: folds
138Misfit: calls $0.10 I'm in the button and I like to play suited connectors here. If he had raised more I might have folded.
unyx: folds
rikdedik: calls $0.05
*** FLOP *** [8d 6d 9d] I couldn't believe it when this came out, I kept checking to make sure I had it.
rikdedik: checks
MikenOH: bets $0.25 After this bet I was pretty sure he had the A♦ it turns out he did flop a flush but not A high.
138Misfit: calls $0.25 What this HH doesn't show is that I waited along time to call, I wanted him to think I was on a draw.
rikdedik: folds
*** TURN *** [8d 6d 9d] 9♣
MikenOH: bets $0.50
138Misfit: calls $0.50 Again, I waited a bit before calling.
*** RIVER *** [8d 6d 9d 9c] J♥
lupo100000 has returned
MikenOH: bets $0.50
138Misfit: raises $1.63 to $2.13 and is all-in I went a bit "trigger happy" here, if I had raised by $0.50 to $1.00 I might have got more money from him.
MikenOH: folds
138Misfit collected $2.72 from pot
138Misfit: shows [7d Td] (a straight flush, Six to Ten)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $2.82 | Rake $0.10
Board [8d 6d 9d 9c Jh]
Seat 1: rikdedik (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: MikenOH folded on the River
Seat 3: ChronicDaddy folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: 138Misfit (button) collected ($2.72)
Seat 6: unyx (small blind) folded before Flop

Here's a screenie for good measure http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=str8flush2sf.jpg



Jan 8, 2006
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Nice result!

One note I'll make first, by most accounts T7 is not a connector... Some adhere strictly to cards that are sequential, some allow a gap of 1, but a 2 gap allows only 2 straights to be made so it's not really a connector.

A-ny-way... I think how much you can extract from your opponent, in lower limits, depends a lot more on his hand and a lot less on how you play it.

Here's what I tend to do. I ask myself 2 questions:

(1) What would he think I might have that would scare him? In this case, I think probably a full house or a nut flush (no one would really think about the straight flush). How would that hand bet? Avoid betting like that hand. Meaning, I wouldnt've bet the turn when the full house scare card landed (you didn't), I wouldnt've bet the flop too aggressively (you correctly portrayed an unmade hand), and what's left? Bet the river. If I think he is tight or weak or paying close attention, I min-raise him another $0.50 to get a curiousity call.

(2) What would he think I might have that would not scare him? In this case, maybe 2 high cards or a pocket pair that missed the flop. How can we portray that? With a flush scare on the board, it ain't through aggressive betting. All I'd do here is call, if that. So I don't think we can really convincingly portray a hand he can beat.

Thus, I think you did a great job. Could've bet the river smaller, but maybe 8/10 other people would have called that. Good play overall.


Jul 10, 2006
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Yeah, I think you made a good play. A smaller bet on the river would have been called maybe, but you want to get paid off.

If you are in this situation again, and the flush card or full boat card hits get your chips in because you will get paid off more than likely.

Only suggestion maybe would have min raised him right off the flop because he probably would have called u.

GOOD LUCK on the tables


May 16, 2005
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You couldnt have done much more tbh. You were in position and had the guy betting into you. Perhaps a slightly smaller raise on the river may have gotten a call but I think you got what you could

Very nice hand btw!


May 20, 2005
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Nicely played. The only thing better than having the nut hand is getting a lot of chips with the hand.