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Turn my Ace high into bluff - Wed Oct 01, 2014, 05:09 AM
adikumar2010's Avatar
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,094
It is $5.50 Super Stack tournament on FTP with 12min slow blind level and 5000 starting stack.

I turned my Ace high into a bluff on the turn. Should I have check-call turn and then check-call river?

On river I bet coz I thought he will call with his junk hand thinking board is the best hand with King high so he might call with whatever he had for a chop. But I will win it with Ace high.

What's the best play for this hand?

Full Tilt Poker Game #34751815796: Super Stack $1K Guarantee (276965556), Table 4 - NL Hold'em - 10/20 - 13:42:46 IST - 2014/10/01 [04:12:46 ET - 2014/10/01]
Seat 1: Estrike4 (3,900)
Seat 2: TOSCHI666 (4,780)
Seat 3: MMeleon (5,990)
Seat 4: adikumar2010 (5,620)
Seat 5: zamaohouiii (5,000)
Seat 6: pigro78 (4,880)
Seat 7: David de Cker (4,610)
Seat 8: divaca1984 (5,480)
Seat 9: SDSM (5,060)
adikumar2010 posts the small blind of 10
zamaohouiii posts the big blind of 20
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to adikumar2010 [ ]
pigro78 folds
David de Cker folds
divaca1984 folds
SDSM folds
Estrike4 raises to 60
TOSCHI666 has 15 seconds left to act
TOSCHI666 calls 60
MMeleon folds
adikumar2010 calls 50
zamaohouiii has 15 seconds left to act
zamaohouiii folds
*** FLOP *** [ ] (Total Pot: 200, 3 Players)
adikumar2010 checks
Estrike4 checks
TOSCHI666 checks
*** TURN *** [ ] [] (Total Pot: 200, 3 Players)
adikumar2010 bets 100
Estrike4 folds
TOSCHI666 calls 100
*** RIVER *** [ ] [] (Total Pot: 400, 2 Players)
adikumar2010 bets 200
TOSCHI666 has 15 seconds left to act
TOSCHI666 has requested TIME
TOSCHI666 raises to 740
adikumar2010 has 15 seconds left to act
adikumar2010 has requested TIME
adikumar2010 folds
Uncalled bet of 540 returned to TOSCHI666
TOSCHI666 mucks
TOSCHI666 wins the pot (800)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 800 | Rake 0
Board: [ ]
Seat 1: Estrike4 folded on the Turn
Seat 2: TOSCHI666 collected (800), mucked
Seat 3: MMeleon (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: adikumar2010 (small blind) folded on the River
Seat 5: zamaohouiii (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: pigro78 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: David de Cker didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: divaca1984 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: SDSM didn't bet (folded)

Wed Oct 01, 2014, 10:28 AM
TheLangolier's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 13,506
(Head Trainer)
Hi adi,

First it's important to remember what bluffing means... betting (or raising) because you think better hands will fold to your action.

So it seems that your thought process in this hand is a bit off. No better hand is going to fold to your turn bet. That doesn't mean a turn bet is wrong necessarily, but the primary reason behind it should be to get value from worse hands (primarily other ace high hands that tie us now but where we can win on the river by pairing the 8 or making our flush). The secondary reason is to protect your equity (against hands like QJ, which will fold to the turn bet but could have benefited from a free river by possibly drawing out on you). On balance a turn bet is somewhat thin imo... we are still losing to pocket pairs and bigger aces, plus anyone who flopped trips or better and is slow playing the flop.

On the river, your thought process seems to conflict with your turn reasoning... it seems like maybe you're treating each street independently, and not correlating your play across all streets. On the turn you thought perhaps better hands than yours would fold, but on the river you think worse hands will call, so it's kind of like saying better aces and pocket pairs might fold the turn but Q high and worse will call the turn and now pay off the river playing the K high on board. It doesn't make sense when you put the two together.

I would probably check/call the turn rather than bet, and either way the river is a check/fold imo. No one is calling your river bet playing the board after you bet turn and river, you are pretty sure to only get called by hands that tie or beat you when you bet here.

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