I am going to post a few hands as a trial spin of the new Poker Atlas site. I know there is a lot of concern about the new site and I share some of the concerns. However, I don't want this community to dissolve and I don't want to lose the resource of having great discussion about poker strategy. So, I am going to post a few of the more interesting hands that I have played of late. I am hoping to have the same old community and great discussions about poker strategy. Here is the first installment.
I have just been seated at a new $1-$2-$100 table in Blackhawk, Colorado (spread limit game, bets up to $100 on all streets). The hand is question will literally be my second hand, so reads at the table are minimal. However, in this very brief time, I manage to listen in on a conversation where the player who will become Villain #1 reveals that he is a professional tournament player (whether he wins or not, who knows, but he claims to play poker tournaments as a full time job. Based on the way he handles himself, I am inclined to believe this story. He is telling this to another person and does not seem to be boastful in his claim). That is my one read specific read.
While the game is $1/$2, this table also has been doing optional Mississippi straddles. There is something about the table talk, stacks at the table, and perhaps other things that lead me to believe that this is a heavy action table that is going to play like a $2/$5 table. I am already pondering a table change as $2/$5 involve stakes that are above my comfort level. But this hand happens before I act upon my impulse to move.
There is a button straddle on for this hand for $5. Villain #1 (tournament pro) limps from the SB. Three more limpers for $5 after that. From cutoff position, I find A-9 of Hearts. I join the limpede. Button checks his option. Six players are set to see the flop. Pot is roughly $30, not counting rake (so pot might be $25 with rake).
Flop is 9-2-2, with one of the twos being a Heart (Rainbow Flop). Everyone checks to me and I bet $20. Villain #1 (Tournament Pro) calls as does one other random player (call him Villain #2). Turn is a black five. It checks to me on the turn and I check behind, a bit confused and cautious with two callers on the flop. I think this table is loose and aggressive, so I still believe I am ahead more than 50% of the time (someone may be making a loose call with overcards and/or hoping to steal the pot on a later street.... someone may have a weaker nine). But I am also not eager to lose a horde of money those time someone shows up with some goofy hand with a duece. My plan, on checking the turn, is to call a reasonable bet on the river (or bet for value if check to). Pot has grown to roughly $85 (now counting rake).
River is the three of Hearts (no flush possible). Tournament pro leads out for $60. Villain #2 pauses for fifteen seconds and calls $60. Action is to me (and now "us" because I am sharing this situation with you). What do you do? Thoughts on how the hand was played on other streets are always welcome.....