This is a discussion on Better way I could have played this hand within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Could I have played this any different and changed the outcome? How would you play this hand? What lines would you take post-flop?
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I think I raise or fold pre against only one UTG limp and a random BB hand behind us with a small suited K. Then when we get 3 bet we can easily fold. As played after we limp and get priced in I guess we can call pre. Flop is standard. Turn is also fine I think. The call from BB should set off alarm bells though. Flatting half pot here on this board seems odd. Flush draws make sense but otherwise BB has monsters. Any A or K should be betting flop so I wouldn't expect BB to be bluff catching light. For this reason I think river sizing is too large. What hands do we expect to call on the river that we can beat? A slow played AJ? Maybe AcTc? At any rate if we bet river at all I think it should be 7-10 BB. His river raise sizing is really good as it gives us a great price to get to showdown. We lose to so many hands though. If he was bluff raising I would expect him to size larger on the river. He seems to want a call. With only 3 hands of history I cant fault a call here but we had a few opportunities to lose less here. Also consider how hard this board hits a PFR range. He has all the sets, AK, AQ, JT, KQ, even A8, K8 are in his range since everyone just limped. The river bet / call is really marginal.
1 - Fold or raise pre instead of limping.
2 - Size down river to 7-10 BB to try to get calls from hands we can beat (1 pair).
3 - Consider an exploitative river fold but honestly with only 3 hands of history I am paying to see this too.