3 June 08
I’ve been playing No Limit in anticipation of heading out to Vegas in two days. As mentioned numerous times in the past, I am a horrible NL player.
One area I’m trying to improve is River play when I’m sure I have the best hand. In the past, I’ve just tried to “get paid off.” I usually throw out a small bet and proudly turn over my set or whatever. Now I’m actively putting my opponents on hands and betting appropriately. It seems to be paying off.
Hand 1: I have been playing a lot of hands, and have a loose table image. I have pocket 6s. The flop is 6-2-2 with two diamonds. Schwing! LAG 1 bets $15. Lag 2 raises to $30. I get cute and raise to $45. They both call. The turn is a third diamond. Double schwing! They both check to me and I bet $45. Only LAG 1 calls. The river is a blank. He checks. There is about $200 in the pot. How much do you bet here?
Hand 2: I have pocket 4s. The flop is K-4-2. Say it with me - schwing! 1st position guy, who is fairly tight, bets the pot - about $30. It folds to me and I raise to $75. He just calls. The turn is a blank. He checks and I check behind, but not before telling Jason (sitting to my right) that the guy has K-Q. The river is a Queen. He plays with his chips for a bit and then checks. How much do you bet here?