Sunday, December 28, 2008

Maximizing Your Pot

I'm playing the play money 45 person SNG again for practice. Like I've said before, usually after the first few donkey plays, the rest of the field actually trys to (play)money in the tourney.

So its good safe practice. Although lately I've been getting trounced. Leading out with bets and getting calling stations that suck out. Flopping the nut straight, only to have the board runner-runner a bigger straight for someone else. Yada, yada, yada . . .

Tonight, I was at a table where I was 4th in chips overall. The flop and turn were both checked, giving me a four card flush to my ace of hearts. The river? A fourth heart.

The guy two seats to my right min. bets $100. The guy immediately to my right raises to $600. I've got the nuts. I figure one of them has the K of hearts. But I've got two players to act behind me, plus the original bettor. I WANT to raise, but I'm scared of scaring off the original bettor, and scared that I can't draw anyone else in.

I just called the $600. I got another player to call. The original bettor dropped out. Could I have made more with a min. raise do you think? Or did I max that pot?

Respectfully submitted,

The Wife


MHG said...

With the knowledge that you're playing play money, I don't think you max'd that pot by calling. Play money players aren't known for their great lay downs, and I don't think anyone is laying down a K-hi flush in that spot.

If the same hand was in the Sunday Million, I still think a raise is in order to max your profit. You don't want to scare anyone off, but you're also not giving them rope to hang themselves with :)

Play money I'd just go all-in and likely get a few callers. Real money I might get tricky with a smaller raise.

February Home Game at my place, I'll send out specifics after talking to Matt about when his game will be.

Instant Tragedy said...

Yeah, the tricky canadian MIN raise.

Take the play chips and run.

My thoughts repot it, let him think you are trying to buy the pot and let him toss the play chips to you.

Drizztdj said...


The scene is the whole background here as MHG mentioned.

If you want to max out your win, don't be sly here and push.