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Hand Analysis - Thu Jul 07, 2011, 08:52 AM
the_eagle23's Avatar
Since: Nov 2010
Posts: 231
PokerStars Game #64249456635: Hold'em No Limit ($0.01/$0.02 USD) - 2011/07/07 10:15:20 NT [2011/07/07 8:45:20 ET]
Table 'Irenaea' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: apacz ($0.89 in chips)
Seat 2: Klochked ($3.18 in chips)
Seat 3: the_eagle23 ($0.84 in chips)
Seat 4: Zet140 ($2.48 in chips)
Seat 5: rohlandino ($0.79 in chips)
Seat 6: user-tp ($3.54 in chips)
Klochked: posts small blind $0.01
the_eagle23: posts big blind $0.02
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to the_eagle23 [Ah Qd]
Zet140: folds
rohlandino: folds
user-tp: raises $0.04 to $0.06
apacz: calls $0.06
Klochked: folds
the_eagle23: calls $0.04
*** FLOP *** [2h 2d 6s]
the_eagle23: checks
user-tp: checks
apacz: checks
*** TURN *** [2h 2d 6s] [3d]
the_eagle23: bets $0.12
user-tp: folds
apacz: folds
Uncalled bet ($0.12) returned to the_eagle23
the_eagle23 collected $0.19 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $0.19 | Rake $0
Board [2h 2d 6s 3d]
Seat 1: apacz (button) folded on the Turn
Seat 2: Klochked (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: the_eagle23 (big blind) collected ($0.19)
Seat 4: Zet140 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: rohlandino folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: user-tp folded on the Turn

Do you guyz think this was the right play, or should i just have checked. Fill me in on your thoughts
Thu Jul 07, 2011, 09:34 AM
PanickyPoker's Avatar
Since: Sep 2010
Posts: 3,168
My thoughts:

1) You're only playing 42 big blinds. That's a short stack, which should influence how you play. However, playing on such a short stack limits the skill advantage you can exert on post-flop streets, which means that if you're better than your opponents, you won't win much anyway; it also means that if you get someone willing to commit all of their chips, then the most you can win off of them is 43 big blinds, on a table where the buy-in max is 250 big blinds. You should consider playing a deeper stack if you want to really practice cash games. If playing on a short stack is your strong area, then consider playing tournaments.

2) Because you are playing a short stack, there is a stronger arguement for raising preflop than there would be on a deeper stack. It's easier for you to commit if you hit a hand, but there is also a lot of bluffing potential if you don't hit. Those things are harder to profitably do on a deep stack out of position, but here, a raise would have been good.

3) Your check on the turn is mostly a bluff. That's not bad, but I think that it's less likely to be called by a worse hand, and more likely to be called by a better one when you do it on the turn instead of the flop. I tend to bet the flop immediately in spots like this, but I usually have weaker hands that flopped total air. Betting the flop in this spot could be for value against loose opponents. I don't think your bet was bad; I think it was interesting. Personally, I think that betting either the flop or the turn is better than checking them both. Which street to bet and why is a curious question.

Last edited by PanickyPoker; Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:36 AM..
Thu Jul 07, 2011, 10:37 AM
the_eagle23's Avatar
Since: Nov 2010
Posts: 231
I tend to bet the flop immediately in spots like this.[/QUOTE]

Really? i don't see why you would bet the flop immediately. I'm first to act and i wasn't the preflop raiser. Why would you bet the flop with air?
Thu Jul 07, 2011, 10:51 AM
PanickyPoker's Avatar
Since: Sep 2010
Posts: 3,168
True. I forgot it wasn't limped. I bet there a lot when the pot is limped. So, betting the flop might not be so good in this hand. Betting the turn is fine since the PFR gave up the lead. That usually means they don't have anything in spots like these. It would be a very atypical spot for you to get raised, but the hands that would call you could be worse. It helps a lot that the PFR was checked to on the flop by the other guy in the hand, so you know he wasn't going for a checkraise. That means he likely has nothing, too.
Thu Jul 07, 2011, 11:08 AM
the_eagle23's Avatar
Since: Nov 2010
Posts: 231
You take a lot of things in to consideration, maybe something i need to work on, haha, anyways Thanks!
I think i will be posting some more hands to improve my game now. lol

Last edited by the_eagle23; Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 11:10 AM..
Thu Jul 07, 2011, 11:10 AM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,809
I like the check on the flop, as you missed it. I also like the bet on the turn, as they gave up the lead in the hand. Betting the turn will also keep them from drawing a free card on the river that could improve their hand. Not letting them get the free card or taking down the pot on the turn.... is a good thing, as you don't have a made hand either.
Thu Jul 07, 2011, 01:20 PM
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Since: Nov 2010
Posts: 231
Thanks JWK

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