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Value in Betting the River?

Value in Betting the River? - Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:02 AM
PMBG73PA's Avatar
Since: Jul 2011
Posts: 47
Hi guys,

this hand comes from an early stage of a rather tight 6-max SNG table. When villain calls my open-raise, I put him on small/middle pocket pairs, and maybe AJ, KQ or so. His call on the flop surprises me, could be a float with overcards. After his call on the turn, however, I feel lost and start considering a set or AA.
My small river bet is rubbish and the typical play of someone who cannot decide between checking and betting. It is either check-fold or all-in.
Should I have checked the turn, risking a free card? And what would you have done on the river? There aren't many worse hands that would call.


PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 1.5 Tournament, 15/30 Blinds (6 handed)

BB (t1680)
Hero (UTG) (t1540)
MP (t1540)
CO (t1535)
Button (t1235)
SB (t1470)

Hero's M: 34.22

Preflop: Hero is UTG with ,
Hero bets t90, MP calls t90, 4 folds

Flop: (t225) , , (2 players)
Hero bets t120, MP calls t120

Turn: (t465) (2 players)
Hero bets t270, MP calls t270

River: (t1005) (2 players)
Hero bets t390, MP calls t390

Total pot: t1785
Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:42 PM
ChewMe1's Avatar
Since: Jan 2012
Posts: 574

I like the way you played the hand and I think you are giving villain way to much credit. Their are a ton of that hands villain can call our c bet with that we have crushed like 89+ 9 10+, 22+, flush draws, over cards or Ax and thinks he's good/floating.

I like betting turn because it's likely that villain has some piece of the board or a draw that he can call with. I like your bet sizing on each street.

So the river card doesn't change much unless villain has 69 or J9 which is unlikely anyway as he called a raise preflop.

I bet the river too, with just over a pot sized bet left in your stack I would be inclined to shove but betting out the amount you did is fine.

Maybe it would of been a better idea to bet each street slightly bigger than you did so that we would of had around two thirds of a pot sized bet left to shove all in on the river.

Don't be so hard on yourself you played the hand fine xD.
Cheers, Chris.

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