Backstory: main villian in the hand is in town for a large tournament series. Definitely a competent player, has shown that he can play tricky and aggressively, but plays cash games very much like a tournament (i.e. overvalues top pair, pot controls marginal hands rather than exploiting small edges, etc.). Much of the table is very deep, and the effective stacks in this hand are $650 (I cover with about $1200). I have been playing much more aggressively than I normally do, and while I've been pretty card dead, I've managed to win a few big pots through naked aggression. The only time in the past couple of hours that I have made it to showdown, it's been with a flopped boat that I bet and was called down on all three streets by an overpair. Nearly every player at this table is loose/passive except for above villian and one other player who is irrelevant to this hand. I don't think I've been raised once post flop, and 3-betting is non-existent. Players are in pots with ridiculous cards (a few hours before a hand went 6 ways to the flop after I squeezed with As4s to $55 and the winner showed down Js10s)
The hand: limped aroundto Hero in the SB with 9c7s. Hero completes (this is a spew, I know). Pot $20.
Flop: 5c6c8c. Hero leads for $15. I wanted to try to price in all draws. Only Villian calls. Pot $50
Turn: 3d. Hero leads for $40. Same rationale. Villian calls. Pot $130
River: Jh. Hero leads for $75. I figured that most AcX hands that also have a pair on board will look me up here given the deep stack sizes along with sets, two-pair, etc. Villian ships for $600 ($525 more to Hero). WTF?!?
Hero?!? It's a limped pot, so that makes me nervous, but his play is so odd that I'm really confused. Any typical 1/2 mouthbreather does this and I fold without a second thought, but this guy seems compent like I mentioned above. Does Villian ever show up here with anything other than a flush?
I'll post results later