There were two opportunities during Friday's session were I was faced with a bet /check through moment that raised quite a few eyebrows at the table. Normally, I don't think too much of what my opponents think of my play but at least one spot is perhaps controversial.
The first was the easy of the two: I am in the BB with As9s in a limped 5-way board of A 3 5. It had been checked through and the turn was a 4. I led pot for $10 and got a singe caller who did not seem very happy... the scowl on his face pretty much told me he had a naked Ace. With A9, I'm not sure I'm ahead here, so I bet $30 when the river is a 9 and I river top two. Snap call by villain and he shows A 7 for a way behind pair regardless... I caught myself wondering, though, whether I would be getting value on the river if I hadn't turned aces up. I still think about that.
Here's the more interesting hand, though: I limp QdTd from the button against a two loose players, one tilted and one more in tune but loose nevertheless. Tilted player fancies himself a knowledgeable player - and I wasn't going to discourage him otherwise. So we see a 5 way flop (BB and SB called) of QJ5 rainbow and tilted loose player leads for $10 into $10. Tilted guy and in tune guy call as do I with my top pair plus backdoors (one diamond on the flop and the backdoor straight). We see a turn of a King and in tune guy leads now for $15 into the burgeoning pot. Tilt guy calls and I call. The river: ten, completing the 4 straight. It checks to me and I think for a bit. I think I'm most concerned about qj but I almost totally discount any of them holding Aces save for A5. They're the types who raise these A/Broadway hands so them limping any of those is highly improbable. On that same thought, I can discount kq because they'd raise those hands as well. What I don't think about are q9 and x9 hands that came along with the flop and turn... it just doesn't seem reasonable. The other thought is how much can I bet to get what now seems like weak hands to call? And if they raise I can get out without too much hurt?
I opt to keep inline with the established pattern and bet out $20. I get called by both spots and "in tune" guys shows Kx while tilt guy shows J5 for a flopped two pair. Lol wut? I expected one call not both... is this thin or is this just plain crazy and I got lucky that they had the perfect hands for my hand? Comments?