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$5.50 MTT, Has UTG limped monster? - Fri Oct 03, 2014, 04:19 AM
adikumar2010's Avatar
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,094
It is $5.50 MTT with less then 200 runners. 10mins regular blind structure and 3000 starting stack.

How should I have played this hand starting from the flop, I took super passive line.

Maybe I should have folded on the turn once there was a bet and a raise, no point in me cold calling 2-bet on the turn?

Or Maybe I should have lead out on the flop itself?

Maybe 'zee027' limped a monster like AA KK AK preflop? Or maybe he had a hand like JT AJ JK JQ that made him straight on the river !

I can't put them on anything, what's the best way for me to play this hand !

Full Tilt Poker Game #34756360963: $1,000 Guarantee (277061640), Table 5 - NL Hold'em - 60/120 Ante 15 - 17:52:59 IST - 2014/10/02 [08:22:59 ET - 2014/10/02]
Seat 1: Ezhik Choko (3,463)
Seat 2: adikumar2010 (4,685)
Seat 3: zee027 (3,995)
Seat 4: Vitalek862 (8,402)
Seat 5: lucazorge (4,830)
Seat 6: GainWithoutPain (12,064)
Seat 7: xMETATRONx (2,985)
Seat 8: Reguladinha (2,230)
Seat 9: ivanesz (2,138)
Ezhik Choko antes 15
adikumar2010 antes 15
zee027 antes 15
Vitalek862 antes 15
lucazorge antes 15
GainWithoutPain antes 15
xMETATRONx antes 15
Reguladinha antes 15
ivanesz antes 15
Ezhik Choko posts the small blind of 60
adikumar2010 posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to adikumar2010 [ ]
zee027 calls 120
Vitalek862 folds
lucazorge folds
GainWithoutPain folds
xMETATRONx calls 120
Reguladinha folds
ivanesz folds
Ezhik Choko folds
adikumar2010 checks
*** FLOP *** [ ] (Total Pot: 555, 3 Players)
adikumar2010 checks
zee027 bets 120
xMETATRONx calls 120
adikumar2010 calls 120
*** TURN *** [ ] [] (Total Pot: 915, 3 Players)
adikumar2010 checks
zee027 bets 120
xMETATRONx raises to 360
adikumar2010 calls 360
zee027 calls 240
*** RIVER *** [ ] [] (Total Pot: 1,995, 3 Players)
adikumar2010 checks
zee027 bets 720
xMETATRONx folds
adikumar2010 folds
Uncalled bet of 720 returned to zee027
zee027 mucks
zee027 wins the pot (1,995)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,995 | Rake 0
Board: [ ]
Seat 1: Ezhik Choko (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: adikumar2010 (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 3: zee027 collected (1,995), mucked
Seat 4: Vitalek862 folded before the Flop
Seat 5: lucazorge folded before the Flop
Seat 6: GainWithoutPain folded before the Flop
Seat 7: xMETATRONx folded on the River
Seat 8: Reguladinha folded before the Flop
Seat 9: ivanesz (button) folded before the Flop

Fri Oct 03, 2014, 11:35 AM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,840
Hi adikumar2010!

With A9 in the BB, I'm going to make a standard raise here since I'm OOP the majority of the time (about 80/20), so I will raise to 480.

If I had raised preflop, then I'm going to make a 2/3 pot c-bet on the flop. If I checked, I am also going to lead here. I don't want to check/call here as the flop easily can hit their range or give them a draw. All check/calling does here is to give their hands the correct odds to continue, so by calling, I expect to LOSE chips to them.

If anyone calls my flop bet, then unless my hand improves, my plan going forward is to check/fold.

On the turn, with ace/rag for top pair/bad kicker, on a board where someone can easily have two pair, when I see a bet and a raise after my check, this is an easy snap-fold.

The opp that won the hand limped in two broadways (Jx) and the other opp that folded to the 4-straight river most likely had two pair or a pair and a club draw. Any player with a monster absolutely has to make standard bets on the flop/turn and with 4 to a straight on the board, should basically never bet the river, but to check and see if they can get to showdown.. so AA/KK are not in the opp's ranges.

This hand is a good example of why I do not want to play poker passively. The way to win is by playing aggressive, not passive. Even if I did have the best hand here (clearly did not), I never even once gave myself the chance to win the hand.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)

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Fri Oct 03, 2014, 02:57 PM
nanonoko's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 350

I would just fold the turn after someone bets and raises. Sure you could have the best hand a decent amount but you really have no idea what to do on a river bet if it's a scary or safe card. So essentially you're praying that they just check it down after you call which is a big assumption. I think too often you're just putting in 360 chips into this pot and giving it up. You got to see a free flop, I would just leave it as that and move onto the next hand.

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