To begin with the blinds at 30/15 and limping with Q-10 suited is an ok thing to do, especially when you have a deeper starting stack i.e 3K. If someone with a big hand like AA or KK were to raise to say 120chips that\'s less then 5% of my stack, I can call and hope to out flop him.
With the flop of
my Q-10 is usually the best hand, so I lead out. After getting a call, I immediatly narrow my opponents hand range. There are 2 hands he/she is most likely to have, that is a flopped flush, or a ace or king high flush draw. Less likely but still possible is a small pair with a spade, or a similar hand to mine A-10, K-10, etc..
The turn brings
, a fairly nothing card that doesnt change anything. I lead out again with a 2/3 pot bet believing that my opponent has an A high or K high flush draw.
Up until now, all my actions are ok, perhaps overplaying my hand a little, but nothing particularly wrong.
The river hits
, this is my main mistake I lead out with $300 as a stopper bet, stopper bets are useful in some instances when you want to prevent your opponent from betting the river, and to get people with missed drawing hands to fold. But in this instance I have put my opponent on an A high or K high flush draw, in which case there is a good chance I have been rivered. If my opponent has flopped a flush, which is the other possible hand I\'ve put him on then I\'m also beat.
The best thing to do in this situation would be to check-fold, or check-call.
My opponent then raises me to $800 chips. The only hand I can beat now is a small pair, or a king high flush draw, which seem very unlikely now. If my opponent had A high he has now hit, but it is most likely he would\'nt raise me on the river, I would just get a flat call. The only hand really left is a flopped flush, and I had been milked all the way.
If I had check called, it would have cost me about the same as the stopper bet, and at least I get to see my opponents cards. Convinced my opponent has the flush, having eliminated all other possibilities, I fold.
Cheers everyone, I\'ll be posting a new hand every Monday.
Rob (aka colonel1)