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NL2, AKs, villains reraises flop. gutshot/flushdraw - Wed Mar 20, 2013, 06:30 AM
Hades Hbc's Avatar
Since: Feb 2013
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I was wondering wether my play is correct on the flop and turn.
Were my calls justified or should I've folded?
Wed Mar 20, 2013, 09:10 AM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
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Hi Hades,
Welcome to the forum.

Pre-flop is standard, a 3bb raise in EP, and a call by the button. At this point, I'm already putting villain on a range of small/medium pairs and suited connectors. In the same way that I might put an EP open on AK and big pairs, I tend to put a button caller on hands like JTs and 77.

On the flop, you have a gutshot and two overs, but this flop smashes villain's range. JTs obviously has top two here. 77 missed, but similar hands like 88/99 have an OESD or a set. So when I'm contemplating a c-bet here, I'm not expecting villain to fold very often. For that reason, I'm not going to make a pot-sized bet, as all that does is bloat the pot when there's a good chance I'm behind.
When villain raises, you have to give him credit for a strong made hand (2pr, set, straight), or very good draw or pair+draw combo. Villain's raise is barely more than a minraise, but at this point you probably only have 4 outs (queens), as I don't think making top pair will be enough very often. So I'd fold to this raise.
As played, you called the raise, and picked up a flush draw on the turn, so you've gained some outs. Checking is the right play, and then it's a matter of comparing pot odds to the odds against you hitting the nuts, as you'll be all in if you call.
You need to call 62c into a pot that will eventually total 2.15. This means you need 62/215 = 28.8% equity.
Another way to look at it is the pot lays 153:62 (current pot+vill's bet : price of call) which is about 2.5 to 1.

Now lets count your outs to work out your equity. There are 9 spades that will give you the nut flush, and there are 3 more queens that will give you the Broadway straight. So you have 12 outs. Using the rule of 4 and 2, we multiply the outs by 2, because we're only seeing one more card. 12*2 = 24%. So it looks like you're only going to make the nut straight/flush 24% of the time, but the pot lays odds that require you to win almost 29% of the time. If you consider that villain might have a set, then some of your outs are not outs at all. If villain has a set of 9s, then the jack or ten of spades will give you the nut flush, but give villain a full house.
So it's close here, but it's actually a fold on the turn. You need 29% equity to call, but are likely to have just 23% or so.

Hope this helps.
Cheers, Arty

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Last edited by ArtySmokesPS; Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:17 AM..
Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:05 AM
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