I observed the following hand recently in a live $2-$5 game. Our hero for this hand is one of the better players in the game, though his hand reading is a little cloudy. The main nemesis is relatively tight and straightforward, though not extremely so. The effective stacks are $700.
One loose and bad player limps, and our hero makes it $25 go on the button with 8 7 . A raise this size was typical for the game and would be called almost as easily as a raise to $15. The tight/straightforward player in the big blind called, as did the loose and bad limper.
The flop is 8 4 2 . The tight/straightforward big blind bets $15. The limper calls. Our hero makes it $60 to go. The tight/straightforward player thinks briefly and calls. The limper folds.
The turn is the 2 . The big blind bets $15 again. Our hero calls.
The river is the Q . The big blind checks, and our hero checks.
What do you think of hero’s play? Would you have played differently? How and why?
Tags: Hand Reading, no-limit-holdem, poker, top-pair