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.
On a 100/200 No Limit Hold’Em table I open the from BTN to 600 (I like to open 3x from this position). As a result, Sb folds and BB (fedow) defends.
The flop is 2h 8d 5s, making it a dry board with no flush draw and low cards. This means fedow will not have many two-pairs in his range. He most likely has folded all the off suited two pairs (i.e. 2-5, 2-8, and 5-8) preflop.
Most likely we have all the overpairs while fedow does not since he only called preflop.
For these reasons, I like to cbet very widely here. I bet almost my whole range; 1/3. By choosing a smaller sized bet, I am able to make enough cheap bluffs, which I can get away easily, to make the wide cbet range profitable.
Against most players defending tendencies I believe it’s very profitable to cbet all pairs, and at least some Ace high combos such as A3 and A4 for value.
Usually players with trips on boards this face-up will almost always go for a check-raise or check-call.”
So I bet 450 and fedow calls. The turn is 8C and fedow decides to donk-bet half the pot. In this spot, I really don’t believe that he has an 8. Usually, players with trips on boards this face-up (8 high on the flop and an 8 on the turn) will almost always go for a check-raise or check-call.
I decided to call to let him bluff the river as weThere’seres really no point in raising at this moment. The river is 6h and fedow snap-checks.
At this point, I put him on a hand that’s either complete air, a small pair, or 6-7, 6-9, 4-6, 5-6 etc. I bet slightly over half the pot with 1800the on Rive. He calls and I win the pot.
- I don’t mind getting the money in with a flush draw against a short stack when there is dead money in the pot. This probably only happens when SB has a Q or a draw himself.
- I can make Oribatej fold some pairs, like a weak Q, 9-9, or J-J, plus I make him fold his bluffs and straight draws.
- My raise looks strong to both players. I assume these players understand that I cannot be doing this check raise against two players unless I have a flush draw, two pairs, or a set. I gain a lot of respect when I check-raise, and it’s not fun to be out of position without initiative with a 4 high flush draw.
Therefore, I check-raised to 6000 to put SB all-in, and both players called.
He checks behind with Aces, which I think is a huge mistake.”
I have to check-fold and Oribatej needs to shove his KQo+ to protect his hand against my flush draws. He checks behind with Aces, which I think is a huge mistake. I would never check turn if I had a hand better than KQ+ when a player is all-in already and there is a flush draw to get paid by.
The River is 5d and I got to see it for free, but obviously need to check-fold now since it’s not possible to bluff my missed draw, fold, and then lose the pot to SB.
Oribatej checks behind River, and I am not sure why. To me, it’s clearly a value-bet and the size can vary from 1/3 to all-in. It’s all speculative and depends on the game flow, and this was early on in the game.
In the end, Oribatej scoops the pot with rockets!