Draws v. Top Pair

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Rockyrd27

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I was playing in a $5 Sit & Go started at 18 players and now down to 4. The play has been tight all game, and has only tightened up more as the money for 4th isn't worth the amount of time invested. I've lost the hand history form but I did write down everything that happened, I'm referring to myself as "Hero" throughout the explanation. I've also used "Pokulator" hand analysis to determine my percentage when I was evaluating my play. Pokulator takes your hand and show's all other possible holdings, telling you how likely you are to beat all other holdings.

Blinds = 120 / 240 @ 4 person table
Stacks = UTG Hero 4,710 /// Button 4,210 /// SB 12,080 /// BB 6,000
Hand = :ks4: :jd4:

Pre-Flop Action = UTG Hero Calls, Button Folds, SB Folds, BB Checks

***Pot Contains 600***

Flop = 9♦ J♠ K♦ === Winning 87% of hands here (6 outs for full-house)

Post-Flop Action = BB Checks, Hero bets 300, BB Calls

***Pot Contains 1,200***

4th Street = 9♦ J♠ K♦ 7♥ === Winning 88% of hands here (6 outs for full house)

Post 4th Street Action = BB Checks, Hero bets 600, BB Calls

***Pot Contains 2,400***

5th Street = 9♦ J♠ K♦ 7♥ Q♠ === Winning 87% of hands here

Post 5th Street Action = BB Checks, Hero Bets 2,400, BB Calls

Results = Hero shows two pair :ks4: :jd4:
BB Shows king high straight :8h4: :tc:

Evaluating the odds I was giving him throughout the hand:
-I gave him a free flop on a mediocre hand
-I gave him 3 to 1 odds on a 1 to 5 chance of making his straight
-I gave him 3 to 1 odds with him holding jack high straight
-I gave him 2 to 1 odds with him holding king high straight

My question was did I do the right thing with this hand slow-playing it, or should I have smelt danger after the second check / call? The player was generally tight but he would call down nearly any top pair. I was placing him at a pair of jacks and was afraid of the king, but content to check / call it down.
 
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Some would have slow played as you did, but, with the two only in, I would have bet heavy from the start. What were his odds of hitting the St8.
 
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Rockyrd27

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From his view his percent odds of hitting his straight were 32% or 1 to 5 odds. So technically it was incorrect for him to call the original bet, but to be honest I didn't even consider the straight at that point which was a mistake for me.
 
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When you're holding two pair and there is a straight draw on the board, I would have bet way more than you did. It's not even 2x the big blind!
 
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ya gotta ram and jam it with a draw on the board.
 
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