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 minimum raise with to 50 from the button and urcoinsrmine 3bets to 150 from the big blind.
Pocket tens are good enough to 4bet and call off a 100 BB all-in shove. I expect to get my money in against both higher and lower pocket pairs, as well as and . So I 4bet raise to 425 and my opponent calls.
The flop is a dry rainbow. I cbet 275 into 850, which is a 1/3 size and my opponent calls.
The turn is another rainbow. urcoinsarmine checks and I bet 600 into 1,400. I’m leaving 1,200 left in my stack for a value-shove on most river options.
Here is where it gets interesting because urcoinsarmine decides to check-shove and is putting me all-in for the decision to call off my last 1,200 to win a pot of 3,800.
The problem with calling here is that I don’t think he can have any bluffs.”
The problem with calling here is that I don’t think he can have any bluffs. It looks like he has slowplayed a hand like , , , or . He could also have a hand like or for trips.
It’s not fun to fold here since I was planning on going all-in on the river and get a call and, in most scenarios, win. But it’s unlikely that my opponent is doing this with a worse hand or a with straight-draw.
I don’t recommend playing a lower pair than tens the way urcoinsarmine is playing this hand.”
I don’t think he would and I don’t recommend playing a lower pair than tens the way urcoinsarmine is playing this hand. It’s called overplaying your hand, and to check-shove on the turn with a pair lower than tens in this 4bet pot would be devastating in the long run.
I’m happy to call with or + here, but with tens, I have to let them go since I’m not beating anything. urcoinsarmine wins the 2,600 pot.
Short-stacked (40bb deep) PokerAbuser raises from the button to 1,800. I call with from the small blind, a hand I could have chosen to 3bet instead.
Since my opponent is a bit short and might 4bet shove if I 3bet, I prefer to not make as many bluffs as I would if he were sitting deeper.
ennuye calls from the big blind and the flop cards are with a flush draw. ennuye and I check and PokerAbuser cbets 2,700 into 7,200.
I decided to check-raise to 8,400 here for the following reasons:
- I am happy to get it in against the short stack with top pair kicker here. I can expect PokerAbuser to fold some bluffs, call some weaker hands and shove with both weaker and better hands. I will get it in good against PokerAbuser’s range that contains a lot of high and low draws that are committed to going all-in when sitting with a such a short stack.
- I can make ennuye fold a draw,, and maybe . My play looks strong and is one of the weakest value hands in my range that I will raise with on this flop. He will have to fold a few better hands and draws since he is sitting deeper with me.
If PokerAbuser wasn’t sitting short, then I think it would have been a lot better to just call the bet on the flop instead of a check-raise that would face the problem of being deep-stacked against better hands.
ennuye folds, PokerAbuser goes all-in with a pair and nut-flush draw. I snap-called for another 13,800.
It’s close to a flip, but this time the 50,000 pot went my way.
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