$5/$10 at Bellagio, Around 9:30 PM on a Friday, the first day of the WPT Five Diamond Classic Preliminary Events
(Posting from my phone - Pardon any typos)
Hero (Button, $1700) Previous table broke, just moved to this table less than an orbit ago.
Villain (CO, $6000) mid-20s kid, clearly a solid player, not just because of his stack, but the way he handles his chips.
SB ($1000) and BB ($2000) are unknown as well.
Folds to villain who raises to $30. Hero calls with 99. Blind call.
Pot $120. Flop 3x 4c 9c.
Blinds check. Villain bets $70. Hero raises to $230. Blinds fold. Villain calls.
Pot $600. Turn Tx.
Villain checks. Hero bets $400. Villain calls.
Pot $1400. River Qc.
Villain checks. Hero has set up a river shove pretty nicely ($1060 left), but checks behind.
Preflop, I put David Chan's philosophy on 3-being into action. I suspected Villain would 4-Bet or fold, so I want to have a polarized raising range here. Easy call in position.
I think flop and turn are standard. I feel like my sizing was good, but please comment if you feel otherwise.
On the river, I didn't want to see the club come. Not because I think villain has a hand like the but flush draw (he probably reraises the flop with that holding). I feel like villain's range is pretty much JJ+, and he won't pay me off with a hand like KK now since clubs got there. The only hand he calls with is QQ, which beats me. The question: Does he actually call any size bet with worse? I don't think he ever folds better, and he never calls worse, so why bet?
Interesting thought I had after the fact, though: Perhaps I should have bet small (like $350) to induce a bluff shove by AcAx. That's the only way I get any value at all, right?