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AK facing donk lead and shove

Lucere29Lucere29 Posts: 10Subscriber
edited June 2016 in NLHE Strategy Discussion
1/3 casino game. Hero has $250 effective and has been relatively card dead. V1 is loose Asian guy who has chased a lot of draws and previously called large all in bet on the turn from another player with A K on a J 9 8 6 :s: board. V2 is a middle aged white guy who just sat down, but made a comment in the previous hand that he would have called my flop bet if I was deeper. V1 and V2 cover Hero.

Hero has A :s: K in CO. V2 opens to $7. V1 calls. Hero raises to $25. Folds around, both Vs call.

Flop ($74 after rake): K :s: 8 6

V2 checks. V1 donk leads for $30. This seemed like blocking bet with hearts or straight cards to me. Hero raises to $75, V2 folds, V1 shoves.

Hero??? Other thoughts as played to this point?


  • BananaStandBananaStand Posts: 1,455Troll
    edited June 2016
    Sounds like you could have raised to $70 pre-flop and still got called by V1. Maybe that's a bit much but I definitely would have raised much larger pre-flop. $40-$50 seems right. These uber-gambly types just never fold pre-flop.

    On the flop.....I'm mostly parroting Ed Miller here, but he explains it sooooo well.....

    When he donks, you have to decide if you are committed. You have to ask yourself "if all the money went in right now, do I have a positive expectation? If the answer is "yes", then you should be raising and trying to get all the money in to realize your maximum expectation.. If the answer is no, then you should take a more passive line and play a pot-control game trying to get to showdown.

    Against such a spewy gambly type, you are definitely committed with TPTK on a draw-heavy board. If I'm doing the math right, you only have $150 left and the final pot will be $524. You only need 28%. Easy easy easy call.
  • dpbuckdpbuck Posts: 2,060Subscriber
    My raise on the flop is going to be bigger. If he does have hearts or straightening cards, he's not folding. Make it $100-$110.

    As played the pot was three-bet preflop, and raised on the flop. SPR is very small. Once you raise the flop, you're committed to getting it in on this flop. Easy call - fade hearts.
  • Lucere29Lucere29 Posts: 10Subscriber
    Thanks for the comments. I didn't want to raise larger on the flop because I was thinking of an all in turn bet size if the turn bricked and V1 only called on the flop. My stack size was a bit weird there. This was the last hand of a bad session, and I've been running terribly lately, so I'm at the point where I'm questioning everything.
  • stayinschoolstayinschool Posts: 2,969Subscriber
    Agree with larger flop raise. AP call
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