I ran into another interesting situation on Friday, while playing in Delaware Park. The setup: the table is a limp-fest, as is typical in live $1/2. I am sitting with approx. $500 and am dealt Qh2h in the hijack. I am facing 3 limpers and decide to join in the limping action... why not [bad omen]? The CO, BTN, SB & BB join in and we're set to a 15 way flop of:
At this point, there's approx. $14 in the pot, and it checks around to me - I take the lead with my top / bottom / backdoor and put in a bet of $10. The BTN flats and the SB decides to c/r me to $25. In my estimation, the BTN is capable of playing level 1 poker; he knows the strength of his hand and can be playing all the way from QT+ to sets. I put very little credence in the possibility that he could show up with a draw where he's check / raising - there are very few people at my table who would consider doing such a thing.
Regardless, a middle position player opts to flat the $25 and the action comes around to me. I ponder for a bit; I believe the MP to be on a draw, be it 5 3 or spades, and the BTN to have a weak hand or draw as well. I am honestly worried about one hand which beats me: 44, out of the SB, but I'm not all that concerned because I think he slow plays a set.
With all other hands that he could have, I'm fairly comfortable that I'm ahead. Therefore, I opt to 3 bet him to $75, which pushes out the BTN. After pondering for a bit, he pushes his remaining $175 stack into the middle, which, much to the chagrin the MP, folds him out. I am facing a $100 bet;
What would you do?
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