Here's an interesting hand that came up last week at my weekly Charles Town session:
I look down to find 8d4d in the BB after 6 players limp and I check my option.
Flop comes 5d6dTh
I'm pretty happy with this flop; I have a gutter to the weak-ish straight + a flush draw. I want to juice this pot, as I figure I'm drawing pretty good to any made hands at this point.
Therefore, I lead out for $10 and get called in 1 spot, UTG+1 who is a tight, by-the-book player. Rarely raised at the table, limps too many hands, but I've never seen him get out of line, thus far.
Turn is Ad
I hit my flush and check through to the caller. He fast-checks the turn. A note as to why I check the turn here: He's the type of player who will be scared off a bad turn card such as this. Not only is this turn an overcard to the board, but it completes a lot of two pair combos and the flush. Not wanting to scare him off his hand, I opt to check the turn and value the river.
River is Kh
I bet $25 into the $32 pot. He insta-raises me to $100 to go. It should be noted that this was a fairly easy table up until that time. I was able to raise at will and sweep away limps with regular frequency. In fact, after my 3rd or 4th PF value raise, this same guy turned to me and said, "One of these times, I'm going to run you down / catch you," believing that my raises were disingenuous (some were for value, some were of the "air" variety). So this weighs into my decision.
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