My student's immediate instinct was to fold, but before we did I asked what was the villain's preflop range? Remember, they just flatted an MP open raise and we're ~100bb deep. Student's answer: small- and mid-pairs and suited connectors.
So the next question was: Good, so what are you afraid the villain has here? Answer: a nine? Maybe a two? Or an over pair?
Name the deuces that are in his range? Answer: Uh, there's only one pair of deuces.
Good. Now name the nines that are in his range? Answer: There are a few combos of pairs of nines. Or he could have T-9.
And what over pairs are in his range? Answer: Uh, tens?
Really? At this aggro 6max table? Answer: No, he'd probably re-raise us with those pre.
And how many other cards in his range missed this flop? Answer: Uh, a bunch.
So what are you afraid of? Answer: Uh... uh... not much.
Based on his stats, is the villain aggressive post-flop? Answer: Uh, yes.
Does he multi-barrel? Answer: Uh, yes.
So do we have the best hand the vast majority of the time here? Answer: Yes.
Will he bluff a lot in this situation? Answer: Yes.
So, when we have the best hand against a bluffer, what should we do? Answer: let him bluff.
So we called. Turn was a three that completed the rainbow.
So, did this improve villains hand? Answer: No!
So has anything changed? Answer: No!
Do we still have the best hand the majority of the time? Answer: Yes!
Are there any draws we should be afraid of? Answer: No!
Is the villain likely to continue bluffing? Answer: Yes!
So what-- Answer: Let's let him keep bluffing us!
We check. Villain fires another barrel.
So should we call or raise? Answer: If we call, he'll have about a pot size bet left to bluff again with.
Do you think raising here is going to get worse hands to call? Answer: No.
Do you think he'll fold those few better hands in his range if we raise? Answer: No.
So raising accomplishes what? Answer: Nothing good!
So, what should we do? Answer: Call!
River was another blank.
Should we-- Answer: Nothing has changed! The only way he can win is to bluff us again. We should check!
We checked, villain shoved, my student snap-called, we doubled up.
A-ha, says the student. A-HA!
All-in for now...