2010 has been kind of intense for me. I havenâ€™t played that much poker, although Rush PLO is certainly helpful to put in volume. I started doing some other stuff for a while but Iâ€™m back to poker for now. My main priorities right now are play poker and finish my Law School thesis. Hopefully I will be able to write about the legal issues of playing online poker in Mexico. Iâ€™ve been going to Austin, Texas twice a month since January and Iâ€™m planning on moving there by next year. That city is the balls. Great music, great vibe. And they actually have some delicious tacos there.
So, basicallyâ€¦Iâ€™M BACK! Hereâ€™s a hand I played today which I thought was slightly interesting.
Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Omaha Hi â€“ 6 players
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Hero (SB): $83.70
Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is SB with K K Q J
4 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, BB calls $1
Flop: ($3.00) 6 J K (2 players)
Hero bets $2.50, BB calls $2.50
Turn: ($8.00) 5 (2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $8, Hero raises to $32, BB calls $17.30 all in
River: ($58.60) T (2 players â€“ 1 is all in)
Final Pot: $58.60
Hero shows K K Q J (three of a kind, Kings)
I think betting the turn here isnâ€™t great (especially if we had been 100 bbs). Heâ€™s most likely not folding anything he called on the flop and now any 4,5,7,9,T,Q,A makes a straight and any heart completes the flush. That means most of the time when we bet the turn and get called, on the river thereâ€™ll be $24 in the pot and our opponent will have $17 in his stack. That means that very often weâ€™ll have to check-guess, which leads to mistakes. At 100 bb, there would be $24 in the pot and $37 in our opponentâ€™s stack.
When we check the turn, we give him a chance of betting, allowing us to get all the money in now and avoid the costly river mistake. When we check and he checks behind, we give our opponent free card, but the most expensive mistake weâ€™ll make on the river is going to be worth only $8. Of course, this also strengthens our c-bet, check turn range which is great for obvious reasons. Thoughts? At 100 bbs we could get all but $7.50 on the turn, which I guess makes me want to bet bigger on the flop.
How should we play this hand if we were 200 bbs deep? Check-raising the turn isnâ€™t that great now because the river situation when called is basically the same but for a bunch of more money. I think weâ€™d have to barrel the turn and basically hope he raises and we can get it in, or be resigned to have the river be $24 and have to make a tough decision there. That doesnâ€™t make much sense to me though, but neither would check-calling the turn.