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$5.50 MTT , Did I play it correctly?

$5.50 MTT , Did I play it correctly? - Wed Oct 01, 2014, 05:32 AM
adikumar2010's Avatar
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,094
It is $5.50 MTT with less then 160 runners. 10mins regular blind structure and 3000 starting stack.

Should I have checked the flop and not bet?

And what should I have done on the turn?

Full Tilt Poker Game #34751811385: $750 Guarantee (276911819), Table 3 - NL Hold'em - 50/100 Ante 10 - 13:40:11 IST - 2014/10/01 [04:10:11 ET - 2014/10/01]
Seat 1: jeffersjeffers (5,012)
Seat 2: adikumar2010 (9,642)
Seat 3: roundup77 (2,685)
Seat 4: ZX NINJA 14 (6,522)
Seat 5: aschyl (2,820)
Seat 6: Akonit (760)
Seat 7: glichur155 (2,680)
Seat 8: ersh_44 (7,830)
Seat 9: tbilisi1456 (5,950)
jeffersjeffers antes 10
adikumar2010 antes 10
roundup77 antes 10
ZX NINJA 14 antes 10
aschyl antes 10
Akonit antes 10
glichur155 antes 10
ersh_44 antes 10
tbilisi1456 antes 10
adikumar2010 posts the small blind of 50
roundup77 posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to adikumar2010 [ ]
ZX NINJA 14 calls 100
aschyl folds
Akonit folds
glichur155 folds
ersh_44 calls 100
tbilisi1456 folds
jeffersjeffers folds
adikumar2010 calls 50
roundup77 checks
*** FLOP *** [ ] (Total Pot: 490, 4 Players)
adikumar2010 has 15 seconds left to act
adikumar2010 bets 255
roundup77 folds
ZX NINJA 14 calls 255
ersh_44 calls 255
*** TURN *** [ ] [] (Total Pot: 1,255, 3 Players)
adikumar2010 checks
ZX NINJA 14 bets 1,255
ersh_44 folds
adikumar2010 folds
Uncalled bet of 1,255 returned to ZX NINJA 14
ZX NINJA 14 mucks
ZX NINJA 14 wins the pot (1,255)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,255 | Rake 0
Board: [ ]
Seat 1: jeffersjeffers (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: adikumar2010 (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 3: roundup77 (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 4: ZX NINJA 14 collected (1,255), mucked
Seat 5: aschyl folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Akonit folded before the Flop
Seat 7: glichur155 folded before the Flop
Seat 8: ersh_44 folded on the Turn
Seat 9: tbilisi1456 folded before the Flop

Wed Oct 01, 2014, 01:34 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,836
Hi adikumar2010!

I'd have gone about this hand differently.

Preflop, I have two options, I can either call and be ready to fire almost any flop or I can 3-bet to 300 (would opt to the higher end of my 3-bet range due to multiple opps in the pot).

On the flop, when I hit top pair, I'm absolutely going to lead here for a standard value bet of 3/4 pot (368). I do not want to bet less, as everyone with a draw now gets the right price to be in the hand. If I give them the right odds and lose, it's my own fault that I lose the hand.

On the turn, I'm going to lead out again with a standard value bet of 1/2 pot. By doing so, I can represent the flush and also KT. By checking, the opp knows that I am afraid of the king and the flush. Since they know this, if I'm the opp, I'm firing the turn here basically each and every single time... and they know I can't call (their bet is way too big and totally polarizes their hand too, as they have Kx, a flush or total air.. and I'd say they probably have air the overwhelming majority of the time here unless I have a note that they make pot bets like this. If they do, they're VERY easily exploitable). Playing this hand with a passive, strong, passive line says to them that I don't have a hand and took a shot to try and win it on the flop and am now giving up... so they should take the pot.

By leading both streets, all of the made hands are still within my range and makes my decisions in the hand that much easier. If I get raises on the turn, I can easily fold, knowing I'm beat. If they call, I still have a number of outs to improve as they can call here with Kx.. not just a flush.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)

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