Monday, September 09, 2019

What Would You Do?

On Friday, I returned home after spending five nights in Las Vegas. I am interested in reading what some others think about a couple of hands that I played at the Planet Hollywood poker room. I'm "borrowing" the title of this post from poker friend The Poker Meister, who used to make these kind of posts in the past.

I bought into a $1/$2 NL game with $200. I often buy in for that amount while I am sizing up the table. Most people at the table have apparently been there for some time of have stacks around $500. The table captain is a somewhat large man with an accent that sound Jamaican to me. I had played at the same table with him at for a short time at Bally's in the past 24 hours. He was aggressive and a tad cocky. In the first orbit or two he had raised several times and blown people off hands. My thought was to trap him the first chance I got.

That chance came pretty quickly. I was in early position and looked down at A-Qos. I decided limp in to hide the strength of my hand. The villain, as expected, raised to $15. Everyone else folded, and I called. The flop provided a dry board of rag-Ace-rag. I decided to check. The villain then bet $30 - about a pot-sized bet. What would you do?

It was my last night in Las Vegas. I was comfortably ahead on the trip and sought to play one or two more sessions of poker and give the Kitty Glitter machine that had been so good to me previously one last try. There were openings in poker, so Kitty Glitter would just have to wait.

The two villains that are important to this hand are on the button and in early position. They each had stacks bigger than mine - maybe $400-$500.I was in late position with my customary $200 initial buy in. I lost a hand in my first orbit when I looked down to see the The Dreaded Pocket Kings! I raised to $15 and got two callers. The flop brought, of course, u see, an Ace. I placed a continuation bet . One player folded. The other called. I ended up losing about $40 to a villain who had A-J. Unfortunate. A few hands later, I was dealt A-Qos. The guy who beat me with A-J earlier raised to $15. I called. The button also called. Approximately $47 in the pot.The flop was rag-Q-rag with two spades. I either had one or no spades. I bet $25 and was called by the button. The guy who earlier had A-J raised to $60. What would you do?

I will allow some time for people to respond, then will tell you what my moves were.


Blogger Jordan said...

#1 - Call. Depending on his demeanor, I will likely check-raise the turn.

#2 - Was there a flop, because you did not include it.

1:21 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Thanks, Jordan. I was trying to get the post finished on my lunch hour and neglected to put the flop in for situation #2. It is there now.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Jilly said...

#1 Call looking to c/r AI on the turn for almost all turn cards.

#2 Call and shove on non-spade turn

2:59 PM  
Anonymous FlynnandOllie said...

First of all, I would definitely plan a trip back to Vegas for October 22nd drunk poker event.
Hand 1:. Raise.
Hand 2: Bet or raise til the spade hits. Then call.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Neophyte said...

1. I call after thinking a bit to make it look good. Check the turn, if he bets, go all in. If not, check the river hoping he tries to take it there then push.
2. Is a bit tougher since you don't give any impression of the 2 players. $60 smells fishy to me. If you call you're pretty much committed. You'll have put $75 in the pot and have $90 left And the pot will have over $200 in it if the other caller folds. You don't have enough to push the raiser out after the turn if no spade hits and he's on a flush draw but I would expect someone on a flush draw to raise bigger. Feels like he's on AA or KK since he's check raising you. I've seen people play KQ that way but I'd be tempted to fold here unless I had a fair read on the guy.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

On #1, I would just call. Let him keep putting money in the pot.

11:17 PM  
Blogger sevencard2003 said...

With AQ should call preflop then make a huger eraise before the flop. Notwait til after

11:37 PM  
Blogger Pete P. Peters said...

Agree with Tony. On hand 1, you want to BOTH call pre-flop AND make a "huger eraise" pre-flop.

10:35 AM  
Blogger JT88Keys said...

On hand #1 I would definitely call the flop bet, then check and see what they do on the turn. If they bet relatively small again on the turn, say another 30 bucks, I probably check-raise. If they up the ante on the turn I probably just call and then check call the river too. If you've pegged them as a loose agressive maniac the most profitable play is probably to just keep calling and hope they didn't wake up with some weird two pair or something.

Hand #2 is probably a leak for me, but I don't think I am capable of laying down AQ in that spot without a really solid read on the villain. I might repop him to $100 and see what happens, but I'm probably going broke if he hit a set. Now that I've said that this probably feels like he hit a set on one of those rags that came on the flop with the queen, but I'm also guilty of seeing monsters under the bed when I shouldn't.

Yeah...I say repop to $100. If he shoves I re-evaluate and probably tank call like a donkey. If he just calls I ship it on the turn. And after all that I hope he shows me KQ, QJ, or Q10.

11:01 AM  
Blogger AyeCarambaPoker said...

1st - call then check raise on virtually all turn cards

2nd - this depends on whether you have the Ace of spades. If you don’t then I’m looking to come over the top of him - maybe only a minraise if you have enough behind not to be effectively all in. If you do (and therefore block the nut flush draw) proceed with caution to the preflop aggressor. Potentially call then evaluate if you don’t improve

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 As usual you are screwed, no matter what you do here.
#2 Sorry again you are screwed, pocket Q,s here.

11:27 AM  
Blogger seattleirish said...

Thanks for doing these, John - I like the "what would you do" questions.

#1 - You played the hand to trap the agro and then you flopped top pair with a great kicker. You succeeded in trapping the agro - call and let the agro keep agro-ing, imo. Not many draws that could hurt you.

#2 - It sounds like you're sitting on under $200 - lets call it $160.00. There's $130.00 in the pot with the $60.00 raise. I jam there. He can pay for the spade draw if he'd like.


1:34 PM  
Blogger Ace said...

1. I think a call is OK. On the turn if he leads for $60, you will have about $90 left if you call his $60. If you like your read, check raise all-in on the turn.

2. You have about $120 left after betting $25, if you call his $60 that leaves you $85 behind. This one is tricky because if you call, the 3rd guy is probably calling. I don't think you want both of them to stay in the hand. I hate to say it but it's either a fold or an all-in. IMO a call will not accomplish anything with your stack size.

Please tell me you didn't run into pocket rockets twice!

9:54 PM  

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