DECISION POINT: In a live $1-2 game, a player that limps speculative hands and raises their good hands decides to limp UTG and Small Blind completes. You raise from the Big Blind with A♥T♠ and both players call. On the A♠4♠3♣ flop SB checks, you bet, both players call. Turn comes 9♣, SB checks, you bet, UTG folds, and SB calls. Heads-up on the A♦ river your opponent checks and action is on you. What do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: Against the capped preflop ranges of both Villains, betting both the flop and turn will be profitable both as a value bet and to deny equity.
On the river, we should be shoving for value against Small Blind’s range. We can assume that they can have nearly any Ax hand, but skewed away from AK and AQ as most players will raise with those hands preflop.
There are many more combos of Ax hands that we beat than Ax hands that have us beat. We are more likely to be shown one of the smaller Aces (A8, A7, A6, A5, A2) than AJ+ or a full house. We may get calls from hands like 9sXs as well.
It’s important to maximize value with our made hands and recognizing Villain’s capped preflop range makes this a very clear value bet.
Moving all-in is the best play.
How would you play it?
Share your answer in the comments below!
Ready to Advance Your Cash Game Play?
Join LearnWPT Live at Commerce this August 3rd & 4th in Los Angeles for a 2-Day Advanced Cash Game Strategy Workshop!
You’ll learn techniques such as Making Exploitative Adjustments against opponents, how to use Linear, Polarized, an Mixed Ranges for profitable 3-Betting, incorporating Game Theory Optimal (GTO) play into your game, and more.
This Workshop is Limited to 32 Students!
Have questions about LearnWPT Live? Contact [email protected] or give us a call at (888) 600-5593 and we’ll be happy to help!