2/5 NLHE ($500 max) at Borgata during the Summer Open. My table is very high action, and I have a very good image - have won every hand I've been in at showdown, with mostly strong starting holdings. I do think I made a couple mistakes along the way in this pot, so I wanted to see if you guys could find a more optimal way to play this.
Hero (BB) ~$1700 stack - late 20s, white, very good TAG image.
V1 (UTG +1) ~$2400 stack - middle aged white guy, astonishing calling station. Has been calling very very wide preflop and continuing with ANY piece of the flop. Has acquired his stack mostly by virtue of making bizarre two pairs after calling large bets with inferior holdings. V1 has also racked his chips and is about to leave.
V2 (SB) ~$1000 stack - middle aged white guy, very aware, but on obvious tilt because he's been on the ass end of V1's suckouts several times. Playing very spewy at this stage.
3 limpers. V2 raises to $40 - a slightly large sizing relative to the table, but not absolutely out of line. Hero calls with A♣ J♣. I considered 3-bet bluffing here, but wanted to keep V1 in the hand. Based on previous play, he was very likely to call with virtually any two once two people were in. V1 calls, another limper calls.
Flop ($165): J♦ 4♥ 4♣
V2 c-bets $80.
Hero raises $215
V1 cold calls $215
In hindsight, I don't think I should be raising here. Raising next to act in this spot probably blows a lot of people off J10/QJ/KJ and the board isn't draw heavy. I believe V1 could still be calling with J10/QJ/KJ and maybe even lesser jacks based on previous play.
Turn ($675): 10♣
Hero bets $325
V1 tanks for a minute and moves in. He has me covered. I have approximately $1120 left.
I ended up tanking for about 3 minutes and folding. At $1120 into $2435, I'd need 31% equity to call. I think at that point, his cold call on the flop + ship on the turn range has my hand crushed. The question I have is this:
Did I play this hand too fast? Should I have simply flatted on the flop, OR should I have at the very least, once I raised the flop and got cold called, looked to realize my additional nut FD equity by check/calling a bet on the turn, rather than leading and inviting a 4 to ship over me? Granted, the size of the bet would have to provide value as I could (unlikely, but could) be drawing stone cold dead if he has the last two Jacks?