Wednesday, June 23, 2010

what would you do #2? Nut Flush on a paired board

First, props to my fellow blogger The Poker Meister and his "what would you do" series - I love the way he presents a hand with an open question for discussion. I love it so much, I'm going to copy it occasionally! The only hard part so far is figuring out how he hides a portion of the text, so I'll be experimenting with that until I get it right. On to the hand..

Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em $0.05/$0.10 - 9 players

SB: $8.07
BB: $3.70
UTG: $11.02
UTG+1: $11.37
MP: $10.00
MP2: $4.00
HJ: $12.54
CO: $3.65
Button: $16.50 (Hero)

Preflop: ($0.15) Hero is Button with (9 players)
UTG raises to $0.20, 5 folds, Hero calls $0.20, 2 folds

Flop: ($0.55) (2 players)
UTG bets $0.20, Hero calls $0.20

Turn: ($0.95) (2 players)
UTG bets $0.30, Hero raises to $0.85, UTG calls $0.55

River: ($2.65) (2 players)
UTG bets $1,

lovely card, I go from straight to nut flush. Of course, the board has to pair. He makes a smallish bet, is that enough (along with the rest of his play) to give the green light and raise for value? Or do you nit it up and just call this bet?

See what I did

Hero raises to $5, UTG raises to $9.77, and is all in

And, if you've now thrown up as I did, here's the end.

The inevitable result

Hero calls $4.77

UTG showed , and won ($20.72) with a full house, Jacks full of Queens
Hero mucked
UTG won $20.72
(Rake: $1.47)

Nut straight on the turn, nut flush on the river, but also boated him up. That was the only card in the deck I go broke on. Sigh.

Despite the cooler, I posted a modest victory in 400 hands, so I'm still playing well.


The Poker Meister said...

I think you can get away from this hand on the river as played, but I would be raising much more than .55 on the turn.

You have $1.25 in the pot after his bet on the turn. You should be raising to at least $1.25 if not $1.50 with the goal of setting up for as close to stacks on the river as possible. As played, you are not able to get stacks even close to in without him river raising. In other words, with your hand, you are so so so happy to get it all in on the turn (obviously).

On another view, I submit that you can make a case for raising the flop. You have flopped a monster: 2 overcards (1 which you should discount likely), flush draw, and inside straight draw. A possible path here is raising the flop and getting it in by the turn (10NL players are willing to call a shove with 2 pair on this kind of board... hell, 50NL players are for that matter).

Thanks for the link action!

matt tag said...

need to work on proper bet sizing, especially in big hands. The poker-drenaline takes over and I get all wonkey.