Poker Hand Review – 99 Scary Board

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Poker Stars $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold’em – 6 players –
The Official Hand History Converter

Hero (SB): $50.00
BB: $46.30
UTG: $39.55
MP: $56.45
CO: $19.25
BTN: $78.25

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is SB with 99 of spades 99 of clubs
2 folds, CO raises to $1.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $1.25, BB calls $1

Flop: ($4.50) 99 of diamonds JJ of hearts QQ of clubs (3 players)
Hero bets $2.90, BB folds, CO calls $2.90

Turn: ($10.30) 88 of clubs (2 players)
Hero bets $6.20, CO calls $6.20

River: ($22.70) QQ of hearts (2 players)
Hero bets $8.65, CO calls $8.65 all in

So the table is starting to break down slowly. However, the villains here are pretty bad, so I opt to stay. The CO is 29/17 over 77 hands…very loose, but only CB-ing at 67%. The BB is a very loose dude, running 46/26 over 62 hands. He has some major calling station tendencies. Hero is running pretty tight at 13/10, but I doubt either of these two really care =)

CO opens to 3x with a 1/2 stack. Now 99 is a real cusp hand here…I have no issue 3b-ing to commit here against certain villains, this one being pretty close to ideal. However, I have a very loose guy to my left…who has a nearly full stack…and would be offering me a whole new set of implied odds (no pun intended). So I opt to call here and play poker, and invite the multiway pot, which the BB so kindly obliges.

We see a very lovely 9JQ flop, and here we have the decision of donking or CR-ing. If we look at our left, we see that CO doesn’t always CB, and we see that the BB is a calling station. This is actually a much better spot to donk out, rather than CR given it gives the BB a chance to put dead money in the pot, and also allows the pot to get larger much quicker. Obviously if either one raises, we will commit it now…but remember to check for good spots to donk, as opposed to CR when you catch big hands.

The CO is the only taker, and he just calls, leaving himself about 1.5SPR…pretty damn close to commitment. But we actually get quite a bit of information about his hand. He doesn’t jam the flop, which leads me to believe there is never a ten in his range. Although he is not super aggro over the sample, I can still be pretty damn confident that any ten would have commited already. So his hand must be something like AJ/AQ/KQ/KJ or something of the like. The 8, while a very scary card, is almost a complete brick here as far as HIS range is concerned. However, now we have two decisions again, to donk or to CR.

I opt to smallish double barrel here. If villain were aggro, and I thought he might bluff here, then obviously check would be the best line. However, given the range I have assigned villain, he will most likely check that behind trying to get to SD, rather than risk getting CR’d. If that happens, then I don’t get his stack, as he will surely not call a 1.5PSB on the river. I bet to start getting villains stack inside…and not force it all at once. This is called “gluing” someone to the pot. You make a bet, that they “have” to call…which leads them to make another call…generally allowing us to get a nice pot.

Obviously on the river we shove it in when the Q hits, but the real meat of the hand has already happened and allowed us to ship the pot against this player.

Final Pot: $40.00
Hero shows 99 of spades 99 of clubs (a full house, Nines full of Queens)
CO shows AA of spades QQ of diamonds (three of a kind, Queens)
Hero wins $38.10
(Rake: $1.90)



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