This is a discussion on Calling 3 streets with top pair within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; This was a hand that I recently played vs a villain. My question is regarding to his play. How often would you call 3 streets
I think it really depends on what reads you have on UTG, or in their case, what reads they have on you in the session. If a good tight-aggressive player raises from UTG, chances are, they are only doing it with the strongest hands. If they see you playing smartly, then they also would know that in your position, youíd really only 3bet if you have a hand that beats AQ+ and probably QQ+. And if they think you are a bit aggressive, then maybe the range expands to high connectors and TT+. So when they see AK on the flop, villain should think that there is a high likelihood that they are beat.
He could call one street if they he thought you were bluffing, and maybe a smallish donk bet on the turn or check raise all in on the turn if he thinks you were bluffing or trying to draw for a flush. But I donít know if Iíd call all the way down like that from UTG unless I really thought you were bluffing and trying to catch one.
I think with AQ, itíd be hard not to lose your stack here. But for me, itís about how you lose that stack more than that you lose your stack. The way villain played that hand, the only ways he could have won is by bluff catching (or on your bad play and overvaluing a decent hand). If he played a bit more aggressively, he could have at least won by being too aggressive and at least make you sweat a little. If he check raised on the turn, would you think that he had AA or KK. Or would his decision to simply call your 3bet OOP be enough for you to conclude that he didnít have one of those two holdings? How would this have affected your play?
Then again, itís NL2, and I donít know if we can really give villains that much credit. 🤷*♂️
My sonís basketball coach would tell my sonís team that he is okay with mistakes made if they are made because of aggressiveness, but he gets angry if he makes them by playing too passively. I think that idea applies here too.
Recall that in those micro levels is where many players start their first experiences at the cash tables ... and do not have enough experience to make the relevant analyzes ... therefore this specific situation ... the villain (UTG) connects the top pair and has a high kicker ... so make a simple decision and play check - call ... without doing any other valuation of the hand ...!
I donít see a flaw with calling with AQ here. Especially against an opponent who is betting a lot or very predictable. Top pair with a good kicker wins quite often. Obviously against a tight player or a nitty one finding a fold is easy.