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$0.25 SnG: KK, full house vs. flush - Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:24 AM
DanCarrero's Avatar
Since: Dec 2013
Posts: 13
$0.25 SnG
45 entrants, 29 left
7 places paid (7th place wins $0.36, 1st place wins $3.23)

I was the SB with pocket KK. Everybody folded but me and the BB.

Me = $2,876
Villain = $1,343
Blinds = $50/$100

Initially, I chose to call the BB rather than raise to keep him in the game. Basically, everybody was being really tight. In my experience, if I raised, he'd probably fold immediately and I would merely be stealing his blinds.

Flop: 3JK, giving me a three of a kind. Two of the cards on the table were hearts. I had no hearts in my hand.

Turn: 4.

The villain went all-in at this point. He could possibly have a flush draw, but still there were only two hearts on the table from the flop, so only the river could make the flush for him. I called.

Another 4. This card was indeed a heart, so if the villain had a flush draw, then he would make the flush by now, but it would be a moot point: now I have a full house.

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:59 AM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,836
Hi DanCarrero!

With KK from the SB, I'm going to make a standard raise to 3BB+1BB for each limper (300). The reason for this is that if I don't open-limp, I don't want to do something out of character, that could possibly make the opp do a double-take and have it be a tell to my hand strength.

I flop top set, but there are straight and a heart flush draw that could be possible. Due to this, I'm going to make a standard 1/2 pot value bet here (100 chips) as I need to make sure that the opp is making a -EV play to draw to beat me.

The turn is a blank and once again, I'm going to make a 1/2 pot value bet (450). I don't want to check and risk giving the opp a free river card where they can hit a straight or flush against me. As played, when the opp shoves, I'm snap-calling.

The key with this hand is that I need to bet both the flop and the turn in order to make the opp have a -EV play to try to outdraw me. If I give them a +EV play and lose, then it's my own fault that I lose the hand.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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