Played a 6-max deepstack homegame recently. Was 5-10 with unlimited re-straddles, about 3k average stacks. Only one professional in the game with 4 recreationals. Had a few weird spots to review-- would appreciate feedback on any hand.
Hand 1 (Turned straight facing check-raise, multi-way aggression) J♥
in HJ, about $3k effective. From BB, villian 1 raises to 60 over a $20 button straddle. I call and so do 2 more behind in CO and BTN. I don't have much play time with villain 1 but he strikes me as fairly tight pre-flop for a rec and mostly straightforward post (I have not seen him bluff big/go crazy in any game, but he's not a rock either...). Other two villains are wide pre-flop and like to splash around-- very normal for them to overcall here with weak holdings.
Pot is $245, 4-ways.
Flop comes K♦
V1 checks, and I bet $150-- soooo many draws here, and once PFR checks I don't think he has many hands with a K in them. My bet is slightly merged (sorry, I hate this term too). I think I have the best hand quite a bit but also a solid re-draw to the straight. V3 on button and V1 in BB both call.
Pot is $695, 3-ways.
Turn comes offsuit Q. K♦
V1 checks, I bet 300. BTN calls (I think he has a flush draw as played a LOT), BB check-raises to $1000 with approximately 1800 behind.
Action? I don't see how we can fold, but are we calling across all rivers too?
Hand 2 (missed a C-bet or not?) K♥
in UTG, about $3k effective. BTN straddle to 20, SB re-straddle to 40. BB limps $40. I raise to $175 and the BTN, SB, and BB all call.
Pot is $700, 4-ways.
Flop comes J♥
Do you c-bet here? I checked when action got to me, button bet 400 and all folded.
Hand 3 (is this double-barrel too crazy?) J♦
in CO, about $3k effective. BTN straddle to 20, SB, BB, and HJ all limp. I raise to $150 and two recs call.
Pot is $490, 3-ways.
Flop comes A♥
I bet $125 and both villains call.
Pot is $865
Turn is 5 completing :r:
If you double barrel, what's your sizing? I sized down on flop obviously, and now I want to get them to fold. I chose $450 and both quickly folded.
Hand 4 (too tricky on turn?) KK in UTG. BTN straddle to $20 and SB re-straddle to $40. BB limped, I made it $150 and CO, SB, and BB all call (all recs).
Pot is $470, 3-ways.
Flop comes 8 4 2 :r:
I bet $200 and button and BB call, SB folds. I size down here because of pretty dry texture and multi-way action. I think it will induce a lot of wide calls and I should be way ahead.
Pot is $1070, 3-ways.
Turn comes 5, bringing backdoor spades.
This card looks like a "scare" card for the PFR with overpairs, but it doesn't really complete much. Do you check or bet here?
I decided to check and BTN bets 600, BB calls, and I raise to $2000 and both fold.
Hand 5 (bluff sizing mistake?) 2♦
in UTG, with $20 on BTN, $40 in SB, $80 in BB, and $160 straddle from me UTG. About $4.5k effective. Folds all around to BB and he makes it 400. I call.
This particular villain has been in a lot of the hands above. I would describe him as super loose pre-flop, and super sticky on flop/turn. Aggression from him on later streets is almost never a bluff. He is afraid of me somewhat-- we played a hand once where I flopped a combo draw vs. his middle set and I check raised turn all-in and he tank/called with second set like it was a hero call.
Pot is $860 heads up.
Flop comes Q♦
He bets $400 and I call-- 3 to a straight, backdoor diamond...maybe light but given it's basically blind-vs.-blind here, I leaned toward call.
Pot is $1660.
Turn comes 4 pairing the middle card. Q♦
V1 checks and I bet 700 trying to rep a queen. I don't see him check strong hands here very often. He calls.
Pot is $3060.
River comes off-suit Q, double pairing board. Q♦
I am counterfeit and feel compelled to bluff. I go with a small sizing for a cheap bluff, also assuming he would have folded a lot of his A-high hands on turn. Keeping in mind if I had a Q or 4 here, I wouldn't bet more than half-pot almost ever.
So I bet $1000 for 1/3 pot and he tank calls with K♣
(!!). How do I bet exploit his turn call in this situation?
Hand 6 (facing a strange all-in) A♥
in HJ, with $100 blind on the button [not live/not a straddle]. BB limps, I limp, then BB calls the blind $100 and I raise to $450, both players call.
Pot is $1355 3-ways.
Flop comes J♣
This is a hand I put into check-call as a standard play (2nd pair, top kicker), ESPECIALLY heads up. So without thinking too much, I check expecting to call a bet. But the BTN (rec player, took a while to call pre-flop, LOVES playing blind hands occasionally but I have seen him tighten up a lot post-flop in recent years) shoves in approx. $3,500 all-in. BB folds and action to me, I cover.
Call/fold?? I really don't expect him to have AA, KK, or QQ given his hand was blind pre-flop and he flatted his button. JT makes sense although I block some of them...
Hand 7 (trying to get max value from a pro). 4♥
in UTG, button $20 straddle, $2.8k effective. I open to $75 (normal open with no limps), called only by a pro on the button.
Pot is $165 heads-up.
Flop comes Q43 :r:
I bet $85 into $165 (I'm probably better all pairs between Q and 4 as well as my AK with backdoor suits in the same way). He raises to $275 and I flat (my only real 4! here would be 44 and QQ, right?! Not enough bluffs to balance, so I flat).
Pot is $715.
Turn comes off-suit 9. Q439 :r:
I decide to lead for $400. I think this pro is pretty keen and would fold to a sizable check-raise/river shove with a lot of his hands as he would expecte QQ from me a lot. I almost never lead against this pro and thought it might throw him off-- either inducing or getting called by lots of worse hands. He just calls.
Pot is $1515
River is off-suit 5, bringing in a few gutshots but not changing much. I know I have the best hand here. I bet $1250 and he grumpily calls after about 10 seconds of saying he has a huge hand/can't fold (but it's like his instinct told him he wasn't good). He had 33. Do you think a good pro would pay off an overbet/all-in for 1.5x pot on river?