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Line against a LAG bigstack on the bubble - Fri May 31, 2013, 01:03 AM
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villian limps utg, his vpip is 46% thru 160 hand and hes making substandard calls preflop (weak off suit aces and low connectors as examples). I check 107 suited, flop gives me 3 10s, i feel like this crushes most of his limp range except j10 and others so i check and he checks. 3 on the turn means nothing, I check again, but should I be betting here on the turn to build a pot or just still slowplaying. He had been raising on alot of turns so i felt he would bet here but he checks again. River is another three giving me 10s full. Now I have to bet, but its small to induce, and he min raises me back. In a previous hand, he has limped 34 suited and such before, I felt like a shove could get max value, his turn check means he almost never has a 10 here, and he wouldnt think I would double check one too. He makes an extremely loose call with ace high. Is my line okay here, or should i be playing it differently. I just felt that a lag would be more willing to call my shove here.
 
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Fri May 31, 2013, 05:05 AM
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I would bet turn , that kind of player calls 99%. You where lucky to get paid on the river
 
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Fri May 31, 2013, 10:55 AM
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Fri May 31, 2013, 11:24 AM
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Hi jwarry!

What type of tourney is this from? The reason that I ask is that different types of tourneys have different strategies, so I want to give you the best answer possible for your given situation.

Since it wasn't listed, I'll assume it's a standard cash buy-in MTT.

With T7s from the button and UTG limping, I'm going to check and see a free flop here, as I don't have a strong enough hand to raise with.

I flop trip 10's and I need to make a value bet here. I want to get value for my hand, try to set up the pot, so that it's much easier to get it in by the river (especially with a LAG) and also to see if I'm ahead as I have absolutely no information about the opp's hand since they limped preflop. My standard value bet for a HU situation is 1/2 pot, so I will bet 463 chips. I do not want to check here for another reason too and that is that there is a possible straight draw. If I check and the opp hits the straight, it would be my own fault that I lose the hand, as I gave the opp a positive play to stay in the hand and try to outdraw me... which is ia BIG problem.

The same thing on the turn, but now there is a straight and flush draw possible. I need to make another 1/2 pot value bet here for the exact same reasons as the flop. Especially with the flush draw, I need to make a bet to give the opp the wrong odds to try to draw. LAG's could easily have suited cards and if I check and they hit a club flush, it would be my own fault that I lost the hand.

The river gives me the top full house and now I want to bet whatever I think the opp will call. If I had bet the flop and turn, there would already be 3700 in the pot. If I made another 1/2 pot bet here, it would pot-commit me, so shoving the river is not only an easy play... but a play that completes the story I've told in the hand and is 100% believable.

The way it played out, getting the opp to call the shove was very lucky. Also, it was very lucky that they didn't have a draw that hit due to the checks. When playing a hand, I want the entire hand to tell a complete story. Three checks, then a bet/shove just doesn't look right, so an observant opp will not pay off the shove and I want to get every piece of value that I can for my hand.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

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