12-07-05 [poker]This hand is not that dramatic, but it's very interesting for illustration because it's actually two good players who are playing based on previous patterns that have been set up. If you just saw this hand without knowing how we'd been playing, you wouldn't understand what was actually going on.
Seat 4: chukb (1780) Seat 5: BLUEEYEZ (335) BLUEEYEZ posts small blind (15) Barche posts big blind (30) ** Dealing down cards ** (folds to me on the button) Dealt to chukb [ 9h, Ts ] chukb calls (30) I limp 9T on the button. I would often steal here, but Barche is a nutty loose fish, so I just play value against him. I want to flop something big and bust him. BLUEEYEZ calls (15) BLUEEYEZ is a good semipro player, perhaps a bit predictable and passive. Barche checks. ** Dealing Flop ** : [ 4s, 8d, Jh ] BLUEEYEZ bets (30) BLUEEYEZ min bets the flop. That's a very weak bet, which I've seen him do in the past with hands like a 4 or 8 in this situation. He'll often fold it to a raise. In fact, he has QJ, which is a very good hand, and he's min betting because he's set that up as a trap and he wants to get raised. Barche folds. chukb raises (130) to 130 I have the open ended str8 draw and BLUEEYEZ has just min bet. This is an ideal semi-bluff spot for me. I don't automatically semibluff here, but his bet says to me he has a small piece of it and will fold. I also know he's on a short enough stack that I can't be pushed off my draw. In deep stack scenarios I might be more inclined to take the cheap card to hit my draw. Also, if Barche were in the hand I'd be more inclined to just call since he could bluff allin later when the straight card hits. BLUEEYEZ raises (275) to 305 BLUEEYEZ is all-In. He reraises allin. I know he must have the jack. chukb calls (175) I'm getting great pot odds for an 8-outer, so I call.
I'm attacking a pattern I've seen from him, and he's using the fact that I know he plays that way to set me up. Of course, maybe I'm giving him too much credit, but that's what I would have been doing in his spot.