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Old 11-10-2007, 12:56 PM
BatsShadow BatsShadow is offline
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Default 1/2 Live - Straddled pot - tough turn and river decisions

This is a 100max game. The straddler in this hand is your typical lag regular - straddles, pushy, but calls too much and has wild swings.

Approx. Stacks
SB ($500)
BB ($75)
UTG ($150)
UTG+1 ($75)
UTG+2 ($120)
MP1 ($40)
MP2 ($300)
MP3 ($50)
Bats ($325)
Button ($150)

Preflop: Bats is CO with A[img]/images/graemlins/diamond.gif[/img], Q[img]/images/graemlins/heart.gif[/img].
UTG straddles $4. UTG+1 calls $4, UTG+2 calls $4, 2 folds, MP3 calls $4, <font color="#CC3333">Bats raises to $25</font>, 1 fold, SB calls $24, 3 folds, UTG+2 calls $21

SB is somewhat of a mystery to me. I haven't seen him do anything really really out of line except that he has limped QQ two or 3 times. One of those times, he limp/RRd. He has shown down some strange hands, but they are always the winner. I think he is playing his big stack loose in position. Like most live players, he bets way too small in most situations. Summary: I don't think he is a total idiot, but he is too loose passive.
NOTE: SB called really quickly.

UTG+2 is a regular "tag", meaning he is tighter than most and one of the better players but still not good. He is too passive, especially considering he is wearing Moneymaker glasses. I don't think he's playing his best today.

Flop: ($89) J[img]/images/graemlins/club.gif[/img] 7[img]/images/graemlins/club.gif[/img] 3[img]/images/graemlins/diamond.gif[/img] (3 players)
SB checks, UTG+2 checks, Bats checks

Turn: ($89) Q[img]/images/graemlins/spade.gif[/img] (3 players)
<font color="#CC3333">SB bets $25</font>, UTG+2 calls $25, <font color="#CC3333">Bats raises to $75</font>, SB calls, UTG+2 folds

I like the turn card, but the pot is too big. I seriously considered flat calling here, but with the guy in the middle, it seemed like a bad idea. I didn't know where I stood, except that I did not put either of these guys on QJ. Again, SB called faster than I would like.

River: ($239) 6[img]/images/graemlins/club.gif[/img] (2 players)
<font color="#CC3333">SB bets $100</font>, Bats ?
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:57 PM
feelixthegreek feelixthegreek is offline
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Default Re: 1/2 Live - Straddled pot - tough turn and river decisions

My first thought is that you might be calling for a split pot, but I would be surprised to see AQc, since from your description he doesn't seem like a guy who would lead out from EP with a big draw, and the $25 turn bet and subsequent call fits as well.

I don't envy your river decision. I'd like to think I can fold here.
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