A fun exercise I've been working on in my head. Here are a few hands where I make plays which are obviously not too standard. But here's my question, because I remember the hand, but not the villain too well: what did I see, or better what did I need to see make these plays?
What evidence did I need to make these plays profitable?
Are these exploits that should ever be utilized at this level or is this too fancy and I'm being results/individual-hand oriented?
Hand 1: Three limps. Hero OTB A♣ 8♣ calls. Villain in SB completes. BB checks.
$20. Flop A♦ T♠ 4♣. Villain leads for $20. 3 folds. Hero folds??? Villain shows.
Hand 2: Three limps. Hero raises to $35 OTB with Q♥ 9♥. All three call.
$140. Flop Q♦ 8♠ 7♠. Check, check, villain bets $50. Hero raises to $180??? Fold, fold, villain folds face up.
Hand 3: Villain in EP raises to $15. Button calls. Hero in SB A♠ 5♠ raises to $85? Villain calls.
$183. Flop A♣ T♦ 7♥. Hero bets $110? Villain calls.
$403. Turn 6♥. Hero bets $350, putting villain all-in??? Villain calls.
As an aside, I actually use ?, ???, !, !! as notations for questionable or good plays in my notes at the table. It goes a long way to highlighting spots where I need work.