Okay, my second installment of poker hands from recent $1/$2 games.
New table. Game is playing somewhat tight pre-flop. Raises to $7 or $8 are not uncommon and are getting unusual respect (often getting called, but only by a few people at most). Game is fairly loose afterwards. Most players are the table have trouble getting away from top pair. Open ended straights and four card flushes are being over-played. Table is fairly passive, although several players are more aggressive.
Villain #1 in the hand is to my immediate left. He has only been at the table for a half hour. He is a White thirty-something year old male, if you want to pick up clues via stereotypes. He has bought in for $100. While playing no hands of note, his stack has been ground down to $82. You somewhat suspect him of being neither loose nor tight, but leaning toward passive since you haven’t seen him raise or force the action in his short time at the table.
Villain #2 is a lady in her late sixties, if not older. He is also passive, not raising pre-flop in her hour or two at the table. She plays fit-or-fold on the flop. She has trouble folding top pair, even when its obviously in trouble. This problem has cost her the first $100 buy-in. She is now on her second $100 buy-in, which she has poorly played into a stack of $77 to start this hand.
On to the hand. I am in the big blind with 10-8 of Spades. After four limpers, including V#1 and V#2, I check my option in the Big Blind. Since the small blind has folded, I am first to act on all remaining streets.
The flop is quite good for me. The flop is 10 of Clubs, 7 of Spades, 6 of Spades. I have top pair, bad kicker. I have a flush draw. I have an inside straight draw. The nine of Spades will give me gin. I like the flop and want to start building a pot, yet I don’t want to scare anyone away either. I throw out a single red chip as a pot building sucker bet. Villain #1, to my immediate left, raises very quickly to $15. It folds to Villain #2, on the button. Villain #2 wastes little time in calling $15. I think there is merit in re-raising, but I am also quite happy to see a turn for only $10 and re-evaluate from there. I call $10 more. The pot, taking out rake, is now about $50.
The turn is a red nine. With a board of 10-9-7-6, two Spades, I now have the ten high straight. I am first to act. What is the best course of action for Hero here on the turn? If you opt for something other than moving all in, what is your plan for the rest of the hand (after your recommended action on the turn)?
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