by PokerAnon ~ September 18th, 2009. Filed under: $ 25nl x 4 or less tables of FR.

Here’s an interesting hand from my mini-sessions at Tilt chasing their promo. Very first hand at the table, so no reads at all.

Full Tilt, $0.10/$0.25 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 8 Players

Hand History Converter by Stoxpoker

BTN: $2.95 (11.8 bb)
SB: $32.01 (128 bb)
Hero (BB): $25 (100 bb)
UTG+2: $19.70 (78.8 bb)
MP1: $4.65 (18.6 bb)
MP2: $26.07 (104.3 bb)
MP3: $26.45 (105.8 bb)
CO: $4.65 (18.6 bb)

Pre-Flop: Hero is BB with 8c 9c
UTG+2 calls $0.25, 4 folds, BTN calls $0.25, SB folds, Hero checks

Flop: ($0.85) 3s 6c Tc (3 players)

I thought about potting it with 2 others in, but opted to just bet 2 bbs.

Hero bets $0.50, UTG+2 calls $0.50, BTN folds

Turn: ($1.85) As (2 players)

I’m always a bit lost as to what to do in an unraised pot where I’m OOP and I bet out with a draw on the flop, got called, and missed my draw. Sometimes I bet again, other times I just check/call. Ace is not really a scare card here since it’s not a raised pot preflop. That also makes it unlikely that he holds a Ace if he called the flop bet unless it’s maybe AT.

Hero checks, UTG+2 bets $0.25, Hero calls $0.25

So he bets min. I don’t know what that’s supposed to accomplish. I’m certainly not folding anything, and he’s setting himself up for a check-raise, though that’s pretty uncommon in this situation at this level of play. I’m not fond of looking for fold equity in this situation by open betting big or check-raising even with all my outs because there’s only the river to come so my chances are half what they are when I bet or raise on the flop.

River: ($2.35) 7c (2 players)

Now my problem is I don’t know what to do. I have no real idea how strong his hand is, I have no reads at all. I could check hoping that he feels strong enough or is aggressive enough to bet, or overbet hoping to rep a bluffed flush. If he has a flush himself he’ll call a big bet, and because I open bet the flop it’s somewhat unlikely that I hold a flush given this level of play. I opt to make a bet size he’ll likely call with a medium strength hand like some kind of T.

Hero bets $1, UTG+2 calls $1

Results: $4.35 pot ($0.21 rake)
Hero showed 8c 9c (a straight flush, Six to Ten) and won $4.14 ($2.14 net)
UTG+2 mucks Ah 3h and lost (-$2 net)

Ah, the the play. Open limping a small suited Ace at this level isn’t awful, though it’s better to call behind. But to call the flop bet with bottom pair hoping for a 3 or Ace is pretty bad. Then minbetting the turn with two pair? I guess he didn’t want to scare me off?

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