This is from a hand that I recently played in a soft 1/3 NL game at Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights, CA. On this particular Friday night, they had 14 cash games running and plenty of action. For a couple of reasons, I felt like I played this hand poorly, which proves why it is important to review hands after your session. Fortunately, my opponents weren’t playing very strong, and I was able to salvage some value on the river by using a raise/fold line. Feel free to comment below on how you would have played the hand.
The game was 9 handed and I am dealt T♠T♥ UTG+1. I open for $10 and get 4 callers from middle position, middle position +1, button, and big blind. The flop comes T♣,6♠,4♠ and the big blind checks. The pot size is currently $50. How would you play the hand here?
- Check B. Bet $25 C. Bet $35 D. Bet $50+
I decided to bet $25, although I probably should have bet about $35. Continuation betting into a 5 way pot shows a lot of strength and I don’t want to scare off my opponents. Although there is a flush draw, I know that there are no flush/pair combo draws because I am holding the T♠. Other than the big blind’s range, this flop also doesn’t really hit any of my opponents two pair hand ranges, and even top pair is unlikely given I have two Tens, so overall it is a pretty dry flop. I think this is why I opted to bet only half the pot size in an attempt to lure in one or two opponents. Although it is a dry flop, there is too much value lost by checking here in an attempt to slow play because you will still get a call from flush draws and smaller sets. Checking this flop is probably your worst option.
Both middle positions and the big blind call, so we now have a 4-way pot with $150 in the middle. The turn is the dreaded J♠ The big blind checks once again. How would you play the hand here?
- Check B. Bet $85 to $100 C. Bet $150 D. Shove