I was recently watching an instructional video by an online pro who was playing in an online tournament. He got to a particular hand that I thought was interesting and wanted to get your take on it. So, here’s the hand.
The hero is in middle position with 7507 in chips and the villain is on the button with 9890. Hero, obviously, is a pro, and villain seemed a pretty solid player himself.
Hero has AK of spades. It’s folded around to hero. Hero makes his standard raise to 385.
It folds around to the villain, who calls, and the blinds fold. There is 995 in the pot heads-up.
The flop is 7c 7s Tc. Our hero is first to act and he bets 425 into the pot. Villain smooth calls the 425.
The turn brings the 3s. Now hero has the nut flush draw.
Hero fires again into the pot. This time he bets 1200. After nearly exhausting his time bank, villain shoves all-in for 9080.
Hero deliberates for a long time. He asks himself, “Is there any way I could ever have the best hand here?” A good question. He answers his own question, “I have no idea. It seems like the answer to that question is ‘no’.”
Here I paused the video to think about what the villain could have. After pondering it for a few moments, I put the villain on one of three hands. I resumed the video and our hero ended up calling. The villain ended up having, amazingly enough, exactly one of the three hands I put him on.
So, here are the questions:
- Do you agree or disagree with Hero’s 425 bet after the flop? Why?
- Do you agree or disagree with Hero’s 1200 bet after the turn? Why?
- Do you agree or disagree with Hero’s call of the villain’s all-in shove? Why?
- What hand(s) or hand-range do you think the villain could be shoving with here?
It should be worth nothing that these two just got in a big pot the hand immediately before this one where the Hero called an over bet to the pot on the river with 99 and the villain ended up rivering a straight. Our Hero was really confused by the overbet on the river. May have knocked him off his game a bit.