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5NL Zoom - Thu Aug 09, 2012, 06:39 PM
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Was this the correct way to play this hand ?
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 01:42 AM
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Since: Nov 2011
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Hi Animosama

This is a great example of a board and circumstance where pocket aces becomes a marginal hand (a weak hand). It is unfortunate but sometimes the board doesn't cooperate with our hand!

I think we have a couple decisions to focus on in this hand and they are namely the turn and the river, the flop being a good call as I am unwilling to either raise or fold at this point.

On the turn villain leads into us for the second time. We don't have a heart on a 3 heart board. We don't have an eight on a board with two eights. And there are 3 cards to a straight. What I'm getting at is a lot of hands beat ours! And we don't have many cards that will improve us. So we shouldn't be very happy to call the turn. The only saving grace we have is that he bet half pot, so we aren't getting 'charged' too much to see the river in position. But I think this is too tempting. It is really likely that villain a) has us beat already and b) is going to bet river again. So I really wouldn't mind folding the turn

I would say the river is a clear fold, meaning that it was a definite mistake to call. Don't worry though, we all get affixed to aces sometimes . The board has come four to a straight with a three flush and has paired. There are just too many hands that beat us at this point. Our opponent led into three people on the flop remember, not just two, this suggests that his hand is stronger than normal. So by the time this river comes and he has bet the whole way we have to give him some credit and lay it down. It would be a very unusual spot for our opponent to be bluffing on this kind of board betting every street!


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