High stakes regular, magician, pageant queen, and CoinPoker ambassador Melika Razavi loves hitting the cash game tables. To give our community some insight into her pot-winning strategies, Melika will walk you through two great hands step-by-step.
94s Heads-Up – Enneye Open to 6000CHP
I defend with 94s. It’s a hand that is too good to fold if the open size is 3x or less, and it’s a hand that is too bad to 3bet since you can’t get a straight with it. A hand I’d much rather 3-bet bluff with is 96s, 97s or 98s.
These hands have higher equity, and in 3bet pots I want to have hands that I can continue barrel with on the turn when I pick up a flush or straight draw.
It’s a standard check call since I obviously don’t have AA, QQ or AQ in my calling range pre-flop. Therefore I am careful with check-raising flops where I can’t represent a strong hand.
My opponent won’t believe I am strong and if I, for example. had an Ace, A3 or 33 I would also check-call to protect my check-calling range from being just bluffs and draws.
A double flush-draw so I check-raised to represent 45, A3, A2, 33 and 22 for value. I really like this play since I’m blocking my opponent from having 45 by having a 4 in my hand. I also have lots of equity with a straight draw and gutshot, and I can’t really win the pot when I miss the draw after check-calling the turn out of position and river goes check check.
My plan was to bet the river on spades, diamonds and a 5 (straight) since I will make the same play with some of my diamond draws. By doing so, I get my opponent to fold his draws that would beat me in showdown if I give up or check-call the turn.
I also expect my opponent to give up most rivers with one pair and maybe even two pairs when diamonds hit and I bet. If the river is an irrelevant blank card then, depending on what I think about my opponent and the game flow, I may decide to bluff anyway.
If river is an Ace or a king I would definitely give up ,since those cards hit my opponents range better and therefore he is more likely to call.
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