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NL10 SH - facing 3b with a flush draw after I check-raise

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  • NL10 SH - facing 3b with a flush draw after I check-raise

    Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite. UTG: $10.15 (101.5 bb) MP: $10 (100 bb) CO: $6.04 (60.4 bb) BTN: $10 (100 bb) SB: $10.05 (100.5 bb) Hero (BB): $10 (100 bb) Preflop: Hero is BB with 8 7 2 folds, CO raises to $0.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.20 Flop: ($0.65) 2 A J (2 players) Hero checks, CO bets $0.40, Hero raises to $1.20, CO raises to $5.74 and is all-in, Hero calls $4.54 Turn: ($12.13) 5 (2 players, 1 is all-in) River: ($12.13) 4 (2 players, 1 is all-in) Results:

    $12.13 pot ($0.55 rake) Final Board: 2 A J 5 4 CO showed J A and won $11.58 ($5.54 net) Hero showed 8 7 and lost (-$6.04 net) [/spoiler] Am I better off check-calling here given this hits his range? Usually in this case my plan is to check-raise fold to 3b but this guy isnt fully stacked and at the time I wasn't sure if I had pot odds to call or not. Against a short stack I can profitably check-raise and stack this off from my fold equity and flush draw equity but it was a little grey here.

  • #2
    I don't like this.

    AJ2 hits the openers range a lot harder than us. When we x/raise all we do is isolate the part of his range that has us crushed.

    Furthermore, calling off here is pretty bad because all we have is a flush draw which is 35% at best against his range. We are barely getting the right price to call off ($4.54 to win $12.13 which is 37%) if we assume he never has an heart combos he'd shove with.

    I'd actually fold to his flop 3b shove.

    An important thing to take from this hand is that you need to think about board texture and stack sizes before x/raising as a semibluff.

    Think ahead and have a plan for your hand.

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    • #3
      I'd rather have some combo draw to stack off here OTF. With just 8high flush, I mean I think putting the rest in against what seems to be a strong hand is probably burning money. I think x/r flop is fine because we have fold equity and some hand equity against hands that call us but when they 3bet then there goes our FE and our hand equity does not allow us to put the remainder of our stack in.

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