My first post to this forum. This will have two hands from this weekend. It's a 1/2 NL game, buy-in $30-$300. Most regulars buy-in for $200 or $300 (I buy-in for $300 and typically top-off when I drop below $200), most non-regs buy-in for $100 or $200, occasionally people buy-in for the min or near min and those players are always terrible and never play a good short-stack strategy.
I'm a 43 year old white guy, generally quiet at the table, and a "semi-regular", in that the observant regulars know who I am and regard me as a tight, solid player. I probably have a similar image to someone like Wendy. The less observant regs never remember me.
Hand #1: AKo vs young Latino non-regular
Villain in this hand is a ~25 year old Latino male. I've never played with him before, but he seems to be buddies with gamb00ly LAG Asian regular. It's fairly early in my session and I'm in middle position. I have about $215 which is the effective stack for this hand. A couple of limpers, I raise to $15, villain calls in BB, both limpers also call.
Flop is K94, all clubs. I have the Ace of clubs. I c-bet $40, only the villain in BB calls. I have $160, just over a pot-sized bet left. The turn is another 4. Villain checks.
What do you do?
Hand #2: AKo vs Old Man Coffee reg
Villain in this hand is "Eddie". Eddie is about 75 and he & his wife are regulars. I've played with him for years. Eddie's from the same town as me and I've even played with him the few times I've played in a private raked game. He sees lots of flops and will peel the flop. He's better at bet sizing than most Old Man Coffee types, and usually has it if he puts a lot of money in the pot. I value-owned myself a few hands ago against him, as I tried a super thin value bet with 2nd pair/top kicker that was no good.
I start this hand with about $450; Eddie has about $350. Two limpers, I make it $15 from the cut-off, Eddie calls in BB, one limper calls & one limper folds.
Flop is KT3 w/two spades. I have no spades. Checked to me, I c-bet $30, Eddie calls, other guy folds.
Turn is an A (not spades). Eddie checks, I bet $60, Eddie check-raises all-in.
What do you do?