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.
I raise with from small blind to 400, and JeSuisJP1963 3betsmy open-raise to 1,200 from the big blind. I have an easy call.
When I’m small blind playing against big blind I like to raise by 4x. Since I am out of position I don’t mind taking down the pot pre-flop. I have a tighter open-range from the small blind compared to the button, and it will be harder to win pots out of position post-flop.
The flop is and I check-call a cbet of 1,400 into 3,600.
With top pair and top kicker, my hand is too good to fold here.”
The turn is a and I check-call a bet of 3,700 into 7,800. With top pair and top kicker, my hand is too good to fold here, even though my opponent can have any overpair, two-pairs, sets, or straights. This cuts it close and I don’t think it’s a mistake folding on the turn against many players.
However, there are still plenty of straight-draw and flush-draw hands he can have that he would give up if he misses the river.
The river is a . I check and JeSuisJP1963 bets 10,700 into 19,000.
The only hands I could beat now is a missed flush or straight-draw that doesn’t have an 8 for straight. JeSuisJP1963 could potentially have , , , or any random two clubs with an 8.
This makes it an easy fold for me and JeSuisJP1963 takes it down.
undemoni0 open-raises 150 from the cut-off. I respond by 3betting to 550 from the small blind with . undemoni0 calls.
The flop is , giving me a backdoor flush-draw with my . With Ace high, or etc. I like to check out of position, especially on a wet board like this.
But now when I have backdoor nut-flush-draw I have a few reasons to bet. When another heart comes on the turn I can bet again and follow up with an all-in river. This is a great bluff-line that I will likely get away with for the entire hand.
A good rule to remember is to at least bluff when you have a nut-blocker.”
With the nut-blocker, I’m blocking my opponent from hitting a nut-flush, so I know I have higher chances of getting a fold.
Also, I will end up on the river with the flush with a lot of other combos with suited hearts and I can’t only be doing this when I have value. It’s called being balanced, and a good rule to remember is to at least bluff when you have a nut-blocker.
undemoni0 calls my 1/3 size cbet of 400, and the turn is a . I think it’s important to check here for the following reasons:
- I won’t get 3 streets of value; maybe from but we need to slow down the action now with only one pair
- I can always call when our opponent bets the turn.
- I have top pair and gutshot and will take down more pots on the river by check-calling the turn than by betting and then being forced to check-fold on a lot of rivers (i.e. a flush)
undemoni0 checks behind turn and the river is a .
Now it’s clear that I more than likely have the best hand. I can bet-fold without worrying about getting bluffed out of the hand or facing a raise from anything other than a 7.
It’s a clear value-bet to get a call from a lower pair. I chose a 2/3 size bet of 1,350 and got a call and a muck. The pot of 4,600 went my way.