I was goofing around at the micro-stakes tables today, killing some time, when this hand came up. As it played out, I called the two hands aloud before they were flipped upright. Let's see if you can do the same...
Merge, $0.02/$0.04 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
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CO: $4 (100 bb)
BTN: $6.63 (165.8 bb)
SB: $8.07 (201.8 bb)
BB: $4.10 (102.5 bb)
UTG: $3.68 (92 bb)
Hero (MP): $4 (100 bb)
Preflop: Hero is MP with J♣ J♦
UTG calls $0.04, Hero raises to $0.18, 2 folds, SB calls $0.16, BB folds, UTG calls $0.14
Flop: ($0.58) 7♣ 3♣ T♥
SB checks, UTG bets $0.43, Hero calls $0.43, SB calls $0.43
We're at the micro-stakes here, so the players' ranges are pretty wide, including trap hands, shiny-shiny-bright hands, as well as all the usual stuff. The limp-call by the UTG is usually a small pair or a weak connector. The SB cold calling is also similar, but we can also throw in hands like suited face cards, too. I've got an overpair, but the board is moderately wet and I've got two opponents. My mistake here is not raising to charge the flush and straight draws.
Turn: ($1.87) T♠
SB checks, UTG bets $1.40, Hero folds, SB calls $1.40
This is an easy fold, as a ten is easily in the UTG's range, we're multi-way, and I'm far from committed. The secret to hold'em is not to get married to a hand like J♣ J♦ in a multiway pot. The SB check-calling screams of a draw. Muckeroo.
River: ($4.67) 9♣
SB bets $4.67, UTG calls $1.67
The pot-sized donk bet by the SB means he clearly has.. what? The UTG's call is also indicative of... what? Can you guess?
Results: $8.01 pot ($0.40 rake)
Final Board: 7♣ 3♣ T♥ T♠ 9♣
SB showed K♣ 2♣ and won $7.61 ($3.93 net)
UTG showed Q♥ T♣ and lost (-$3.68 net)
If you can't make these two reads on the river, you've got to get busy and work on your R-is-for-Reads skills. Start with a hand range preflop, and then narrow it on each succeeding street of action. Practice make perfect. In fact, the best time to practice is whenever you're not involved in a hand, which should be about 75-80% of the time. That's a lot of practice...
All-in for now...