Barrel the turn?
I am in a 4NL 6 max game and Gino23 is a very active player. He likes to see a lot of flops and his stack goes up and down. He cannot be bluffed of a hand when he has at least 1 pair...
My plan is to play against him, but not to put a lot of money in the pot before I actually have a hand that can beat him as he cannot be bluffed and he is quite lucky today.
As predicted he limps UTG when I am on the button with Tc Qh. It folds to me and I raise to 3.5bb, both blinds fold and he makes the call.
The flop is ok as I have a gutshot and 2 overcards, so I C bet. He calls.
The turn pairs the board, so I check behind for pot control.
The river is pretty favorable 🙂 I make the straight and do a pot sized bet.
The question: is the check on the turn ok, or should I barrel here?
Game #569200515: Table NL4 - 0.02/0.04 - No Limit Hold'Em - 13:27:35 2017/09/05
*** Seated players***
Seat 1: Runningonair (€4.35)
Seat 2: benjoio (€2)
Seat 3: Gino23 (€3.90)
Seat 4: jokerknife (€1.87)
Seat 5: Tata76 (€3.89)
Seat 6: Hero(€4)
*** Blinds and button ***
Hero has the button
Runningonair posts small blind, €0.02
benjoio posts big blind, €0.04
*** Hole cards ***
Dealt in Runningonair
Dealt in benjoio
Dealt to Gino23 [3c 9h]
Dealt in jokerknife
Dealt in Tata76
Dealt to Hero [Tc Qh]
Gino23 calls €0.04
Hero raises €0.14 to €0.14
Gino23 calls €0.10
Pot size: €0.34
*** Flop ***
[8c 7c 6c]
Hero bets €0.17
Gino23 calls €0.17
Pot size: €0.68
*** Turn ***
[8c 7c 6c] [7d]
*** River ***
[8c 7c 6c] [7d] [9s]
Hero bets €0.68
Gino23 calls €0.68
*** Showdown ***
Gino23 shows [3c 9h], Two pairs, Nines up
Hero shows [Tc Qh], A Straight
Hero wins €2.02
If Gino is a loose passive calling station, you should tighten up your iso-raising range and greatly widen your over-limping range (if the blinds are iso-raise happy). If the blinds are passive, I'd rather over-limp QTo on the BTN to try to go multi-ways and risk less to see the flop with position on all of the callers.
You can make an argument checking the flop for a couple of reasons. First, you said he's never folding with a pair - so you have very little fold equity. You have a medium-strength flush draw. He can have lots of hands with Jc, Qc, Kc, and Ac in his limping/calling range. If a club hits the turn you're never too happy, especially if Gino becomes aggressive.
As played, yes, check the turn. Gino calls, so he has a pair. He is never folding, so betting the turn will either induce a raise or a call when you have the worst of it. So good check.
On the river, I'd over bet...I would bet closer to $1 to exploit his tendencies to call too much.
Thanks for the explanation Alton.
I almost never overbet the pot...
Should I apply that strategy whenever players have the tendencies to call too much?
Only on the river or also on earlier streets?
Most definitely yes! This is how we exploit calling stations and extract maximum value from them. Default bet sizing is just your baseline, but always look for edges to extract more money when possible. Heck, if I thought he would call an all-in shove, I'd do that.