I'm in the Big Blind with about $180. I get 44's. 5 limpers.

I raise to $13, 2 callers (UTG+3 & the Button).

Flop comes [A,K,4]

I raise $25. Both call.

Turn is a K.

I raise $35. Both call again, but button looks a little disgusted.

So in this position, I'm thinking that the button has an Ace and the quick call by the other player tells me he has a King. On the river, i'm planning on shoving until....

Another King drops on the river, At this point I'm S.O.L in my mind... I check.

UTG+3 bets out $55. The button calls and I fold.

UTG+3 shows K8 for quads, Button Shows an Ace..

Did I play this correctly? Should I have done anything different?

  • OMG that is a cooler.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Sep 1, 2017 at 22:06

2 Answers 2


Flop If its rainbow, Thats a decent sized bet. I guess you could argue for $28-30 being out of position, but your sizing helps your opponents make more mistakes calling with bad aces and kings.

Turn I like this small bet size cause it keeps aces in. AND, on a river brick, you can continue your 'ace' line betting tiny to instigate a reraise from trips as well as get some bad calls from an ace.

River Obviously had to fold.


Check OOP with the small PP pre. Raising gets you in lots of spots where you're cbetting with no equity OOP vs multiple opponents or c/f'ing when you miss, which sucks.

As played the Flop bet is good, but the turn bet is way too small. The pot is ~$114 so you should be betting somewhere near $80 (possibly more because $1/$2 players hate folding).

River is standard.

  • I understand your thinking, but I didn't want to let either of the fish go on this hand. I knew one had a king and another had an ace. If the river was anything else but a King or an ace. I was shoving on the river and would atleast get one caller. An 80$ bet on the turn commits me to the pot and the king DEF would have sucked out. Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 15:39
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    Frankly, I don't understand yours. If you really knew one had a King on the turn you should be shoving because $1/$2 players find it really difficult to fold trips, especially fish. It would be a slight overbet but not that much, around $142 or so into about $114. The king would have sucked out on this particular river, but you're ahead on a vast majority of rivers and want to get in more money sooner.
    – Silversana
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 2:43
  • By waiting to shove on the river. 1) I don't lose the hook on the Ace. 2) on the occasional suck out, I don't get stacked. Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 15:11
  • Shove the turn, not river. This would be an abysmal river to shove.
    – Silversana
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 15:49
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    You have to maximize your profit against your opponent's whole range. Keeping aces in for more money, while presumably still stacking kings on the river is the most profitable strategy.
    – skeelsave
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 18:34

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