I received an interesting hand via email from one of our members that I want to discuss here:
Do you think I should have called the river(he pushed quickly) or bet the flop? I didn’t have much info on the guy. It was only his 10th hand, and I wasnt paying attention to how he was playing… he limped under-the-gun and called my raise, I was thinking maybe he got two pairs. Did I have value to call river? Thanks
Seat 2 is the button
Total number of players : 6
Seat 3: Villain1 ( $50.25 USD )
Seat 5: Villain2 ( $50 USD )
Seat 4: Villain3 ( $49.75 USD )
Seat 1: Villain4 ( $49.77 USD )
Seat 6: Villain5 ( $30.70 USD )
Seat 2: HERO ( $53.25 USD )
Villain1 posts small blind [$0.25 USD].
Villain2 posts big blind [$0.50 USD].
Villain4 posts big blind + dead [$0.75].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to HERO [ Kh Qd ]
Villain5 calls [$0.50 USD]
Villain4 raises [$0.50 USD]
HERO raises [$4 USD]
Villain5 calls [$3.50 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 8c, 3d, 7s ]
HERO bets [$6 USD]
Villain5 calls [$6 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 6h ]
** Dealing River ** [ Kc ]
Villain5 is all-In [$20.70 USD]
Your time bank will be activated in 6 secs. If you do not want it to be used, please act now.
HERO will be using his time bank for this hand.
Villain5 does not show cards.
Villain5 wins $41.60 USD
Here are my thoughts:
It’s close, but I think a fold is best if you don’t have a read. It really depends on the player though – sometimes this would be a snap call. But think about what hands he’s limping UTG with – lots of low/medium pocket pairs and suited-connectors. They absolutely crush this board – 88, 77, 66, 87, 76, 86, 45, T9 all have you beat. I’d guess he was slowplaying a monster, or perhaps called the flop with a hand like T9 and hit on the river. Note there was no flush draw so that reduces his potential missed draws.