Poker Hand Review – 76s Turn Play

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So I have been toying with this idea for awhile, and today seemed like a good day to get it started. I want to mix in, between articles, blog posts, music, etc, some hand history review. This should be a fun way to look over some old hands, learn a bit, and LOL at some old results and lines. So let’s take a look at this old hand with 76s, where a common turn issue comes up that doesn’t allow me to max value in the hand.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $0.50 BB (8 handed) – Poker-Stars Hand Converter from

MP2 ($50.50)
CO ($50.80)
Button ($51.90)
SB ($40.90)
BB ($53.45)
UTG ($46)
Hero (UTG+1) ($55.50)
MP1 ($14.50)

Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with 6, 7
1 fold, Hero bets $1, MP1 calls $1, 1 fold, CO raises to $2, 3 folds, Hero calls $1, MP1 calls $1

Flop: ($6.75) A, 4, 6 (3 players)
Hero checks, MP1 checks, CO bets $2, Hero calls $2, MP1 calls $2

Turn: ($12.75) 6 (3 players)
Hero checks, MP1 checks, CO bets $3.50, Hero raises to $13.40, MP1 calls $10.50 (All-In), CO calls $9.90

River: ($50.05) 3 (3 players, 1 all-in)
Hero bets $33.40, 1 fold

Total pot: $50.05 | Rake: $2.45

That was the original hand. It probably seems odd that I minR’d from EP, but I do this with a wide range of hands (SCs, PPs, big hands, etc) dependent on table conditions. I get pretty much min 3b by the CO (25/12 over 45hands), which is awesome because he is giving me awesome odds when it comes back to me. So I call, and end up seeing a 3way flop OOP.

I catch a weak pair, so I check, MP1 checks, and CO makes a smallish CB (about 1/3 pot). I think his hand is probably about TT+/AQ+, and I peel thinking I have good implied odds if I improve to either my 7 or 6. Surprisingly, MP1 peels as well, and I am OOP on a very awesome 6 turn.

Now, this is where i disagree with my line.

Turn: ($12.75) 6 (3 players)
Hero checks

I really want to be betting here. The fact that CO just min3b me pf allows me to believe he probably is not a very thinking player. And the fact that the MP1 is a shortstacker, I can assume the same about him. Here, is a great spot to bet, trap a bet in from MP1, and allow the pot to get bigger while gluing in both stacks. I like a bet of $8.6 here. If MP1 calls, and CO calls, it leaves a nice ~$40 pot with about $38 back effective between Hero and CO. Also, checking doesn’t really encourage CO to fire with anything less than AQ…so a check is only keeping the pot smaller when we want it to be huge.

Given the nature of the smaller sized pf sizes, it is very hard to get stacks in the middle. And when we come across a hand like this, it can be frustrating because we don’t get stacks often. But, in a given strategy, it can be much more profitable to create smaller 20bb-50bb pots regularly, and sacrifice a little return on your huge hands. (volume + good ROI > rare + great ROI).

Happy discussing =)



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