Game is $1/$2 NL Hold'em at the Venetian
Hero (~$200) - Been playing TAG for the first couple hours and went up about $100. Then switched to loose play since I've been wanting to improve that skill but wasn't successfully. Now been playing TAG for the past hour; switched soon after the villain arrived.
Villain (~$350) - Villain claims to be an online player that wants to learn live play. He's been making it $4 pre-flop several times in earlier hands; I never see $2 raises in $1/$2 games so his behavior really stood out. The villain has played reasonably well although I believe he's either been extraordinary lucky or other players at the table are folding way too often. I've only seen a couple of the hands he's played due to the frequent lay-downs by other players.
Hero is on the button. Villain is to the immediate right of the Hijack.
Villain raises to $15 pre-flop after a couple limpers. After the villain's raise, folds around to our hero, who looks down and discovers AK offsuit. Not wanting to overcommit his stack on AK offsuit, and not anticipating any other callers (based on table behavior), hero decides to call. As expected, it's heads up to the flop.
The flop is K, J, x (where x is some low card). There may have been two of the same suit but I don't recall it being relevant to the hand.
Villain bets $15 on the flop. Hero ponders a little and suspects villain's hand is weaker than his. After about 30 seconds, hero raises to $65. Villain thinks for about 10 seconds and calls.
The turn is a 9. Villain thinks for about 5-10 seconds and then pushes.
- Should our hero call the all-in?
- Would you push on the flop, instead of raising $50? Is there a larger amount the hero could have raised, without being pot committed, that might have induced a fold?
- Would you re-raise pre-flop?
Hover over the block below to see what happened to our hero:
Our hero thought for about a minute and called. Hero really believed the villain's hands were usually weaker than they seemed. Hero put the villain on: QQ, K-10, KQ suited and AJ. The thought of the villain having JJ occurred but hero expected the villain to slowplay that. 99 was also possible but hero didn't think villain would have called the raise on the flop if he couldn't be a pair of jacks. KJ also seemed possible but again, hero didn't think villain was that strong. Turns out hero was sorta right since our villain had K9d so he turned two pair and won the hand.