Friday, January 29, 2010

What would you do? #52 - Middle set facing turn check

Can you point out the problems? Maybe I'm off base...?

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $20.85
BTN: $20.10
SB: $21.00 -12/11 3bet 8% @ 139 hands
BB: $56.20
UTG: $50.00
Hero (UTG+1): $59.15
UTG+2: $173.40
MP1: $50.75
MP2: $38.20

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is UTG+1 with Th Tc
1 fold, Hero raises to $1.75, 2 folds, MP2 calls $1.75, 2 folds, SB calls $1.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($5.75) 3d Ts 4c (3 players)
SB bets $4, Hero calls $4, MP2 folds
Flopping top set is always nice.

Turn: ($13.75) Jd (2 players)
SB checks, Hero checks
What kind of hands can I possibly put him on that he'll call a second barrel? Therefore, I want "contain" the pot for him so that he gets a chance to catch up.

River: ($13.75) Ah (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $13.75, SB folds
I am praying that he floated with AK / AQ type hand. No such luck. Would I have been better off betting the turn? What about the river? Bet sizing wrong?

Final Pot: $13.75
Hero wins $13.10
(Rake: $0.65)


  1. I understand flatting the flop, b/c after all you flopped gin [the nuts] and need to think about keeping money coming into the pot and not out. But if villain doesn't lead the turn, I'm betting 100% of the time. If I don't build the pot by the turn, I'm never getting stacks in by the river unless he makes his second best hand or spazzes out. There are a number of hands that he'll continue to call with on the turn, such as, open-enders, gut-shots and pair with straight draws combos that you must make them pay for whether or not they get there on you.

  2. I definitely think you should be betting the turn here. I do undestand what you were doing and it isn't terrible in my opinion; but given how the hand was played and your opponent, I am almost always betting here.

    Now, had he been the preflop raiser, that changes thing.


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