This is a hand I played a while back, that was widely regarded by my friends at at the table as one of the better live plays they have seen, after hearing my justification. I don't give myself that credit, and I'm not entirely convinced it was played well; instead, thinking maybe (?) it was a touch spewy and I got "lucky".
Regardless, this is the hand:
Hero: I play live poker as my source of income in a small casino, with a ton of locals who frequent the place. I'm regarded as one of the better players (I was a 200NL online 6m and 100NL HU NLH pro prior to online poker being wiped out of my country). I play primarily with business men playing 5/10/20 NLH, (when the game actually gets up), and as such, I have taken on a cocky and egotistical persona - with the theory that they come after me and give me action. Worse players very often try to make plays against me, and villain falls into that category.
Villain: Aggressive Asian player. Successful and young business man. Thinking player, albeit, thinks incorrectly - but he attempts to play good LAG'ish poker. I've seen villain limp behind small pairs set mining, (which is almost standard where I play). We have an established dynamic where I have pushed him around a bit prior by fighting his aggression with my own aggression in select spots. I have the upper hand over him, and I'm not so sure he likes it.
The current table dynamic is quite loose passive by most players, with a ton of limp/calling and just general low stakes shitty play that you'd expect to see at these stakes.
$600 playing 2/5 NL.
Villain is in the cutoff. Hero is in the BB.
: 2x limpers from EP. Villain over-limps in CO, SB completes, Hero raises to $50 from BB (10x).
EP limpers fold.
2 players to the flop.
Pre-flop: I raised to 10x as the "standard" raise sizing I typically use is 5x from EP, 4x from MP and 3x from LP. 5X from the blinds. I add on a BB for each limper. The standard open from everyone else that somewhat knows what they are doing is typically 4x from anywhere.
Flop: This is where it gets interesting. Against many of the players I frequently play against, in this spot, I'd just sigh fold and expect them to show up with some crap like QXs. QTo, QJo, KQo or something of the sort. Especially from the older aged players who just limp call almost their entire range, save their absolute premiums.
However, vs. this villain, I'm not so sure.
I elected to check the flop, as, well, I was trying to sell my hand as AK that missed and then I was checking the flop as it is supposed to hit villain's range. Something to note: I don't believe this flop hits this particular villains limp/call range at all. (Except maybe 9Ts or 89s for a gut-shot. But I have the Tens, making only 2x combo's of 9Ts.) Saying that, villain probably doesn't know that I know this. I'm putting myself in his head here, and playing how he'd expect me to play if I was him.
Anyway, I thought for 10s or so, then checked the flop here with absolutely zero intention of folding. My initial thought was to check/call the flop, and let villain fire away on future streets and calling him down on most all run outs; but villain almost had his chips in the pot before I'd even finished my check.
Seeing his speed at betting and lack of thought, I decided to check/raise all in for value, expecting to get called by a small pair after villain (incorrectly) reads my hand as AK.
I raised all in for $550 effective, and villain thought for a bit, and eventually called.
Final board: QJ224
Showdown: Hero has TT, Villain has 88.
Thoughts on this hand? Given reads, is it worth shoving 110BB's in OTF with effectively 3rd pair? Or is it just a spewy gamble based on hero's thoughts on villains typical range?
TLDR: Managed to get all the monies in there, by playing my hand like it was AK that missed.