So I'm not sure if this is the best hand I've ever played but its definitely near the top of the list as one of the sickest.
Game: 2/5 NL, 4 Handed
Villain: Villain is good agro reg. Capable of value betting/raising lite, bluff raising, floating, etc. He plays real good. Definitely the second best player in the room (get it?). He's also my best friend and roommate. We discuss hands all the time and generally know each other's game really well. So with that said, let the leveling begin!
Hero ($865): BTN, Raises to $10 with 8
Villain ($900): BB, Calls $10
- I don't usually ever min raise but I just did it here because SB was tight and Villain 3 bets a good amount from the BB to a 3x, so the idea was to avoid getting 3b as much and keep his range wider while I'm in position. Also, Villain subscribes to the school of thought that you should basically defend everything from the BB to a min raise. I don't agree with this, but make no mistake, he has basically any two here.
Flop ($22): 5
- Way above average flop for my hand. Flopped a fd and gutter. My plan at this point is to triple barrel almost any run out. Pretty standard.
Villain ($890): Checks
Hero ($855): Bets $15
Villain ($890): Calls $15
Turn ($52): T
Villain ($875): Checks
Hero ($840): Bets $40
Villain ($875): Calls $40
River ($132): 9
Villain ($835): Checks
Hero ($800): Bets $110
Villain ($835): Raises to $300
Alright, so now the fun starts.
Final Board: 5
So what's Villain's range here?
To me, this is classic capped range vs uncapped range. First question is can he have a set? I think the answer is a resounding "no." We are too deep for him to ever play a set like this and he's a good enough player to know that he has to try and get the money in, either by raising flop, or raising turn. Secondly, can he have a straight? Again, I don't think so. I have the 8
so he can't have J
. What about 68? Again, I have the 8
is impossible. That only leaves a bare 86, with no flush draw. I don't think he ever takes this line with just 68. He's either going to raise flop, or more likely turn. So, all that being said, his range is capped at 57, 59, T7, T5, T2, T
, or bluffs. And I do believe he does have a good amount of bluffs here. With a bare flush draw, I think he's liable to take this exactly line a good deal of the time. He can also have something like 7x of spades or a 5 that he turns into a bluff. I can have all sets, both straights with J
and 68, all of which I would play the exact same way.
Sooooo, our range is nutted and Villain's is capped.
Hero: Moves allin for $500 more. ($800 total).
Hero: Shows 8
, the table goes nuts and everyone starts puking because they've never seen anything so sick.
Shipppp Shipppp Miiiggippp!
(I make it a rule to never show, but I just couldn't help myself, my ego got the best of me, I had to show this one.)
After the hand, I talked to Villain and he said he had T5. So he was value raising river, and I just had the perfect hand to bet 3b river with. If you're Villain here, do you play the hand differently? And if you do take this line, what's your range for calling river? Anything?
Your turn ladies and gents, fellate or flame away!