This happened to me last night in a $2-5 game. After it happened, I wasn't sure what to do with the info, or if it was even enough info to use going forward.
$2-5 NLHE 9-handed, $800 effective, I have villain covered.
I'm UTG and straddle to $10. A couple loose-passives limp, villain makes it $60 from SB. BB folds, I look down at KQo. I would often fold here, but my spidey-senses were on alert by villain's bet. The sizing was big for the current game flow, he was an unknown, I had position, I thought there would be many boards on which I could potentially take the pot away from villain, so I called. Two other limpers fold, pot $145.
Flop comes J76r. Villain pauses, then bets $70. I thought by the way he bet that he wasn't strong. I called, and planned to take the pot away on the turn if checked to, or possible raising the turn if he continued to bet depending upon his sizing. Pot is now $285.
Turn 9. He hesitates and checks. I bet $135, trying to look value-y. He chops out some chips and check/raises to $350. I muck, he turns over AQo.
I didn't think this villain was capable of this line with AQ as I thought my line of call pre-flop, call flop, bet turn looked pretty strong. He didn't even have a semi-bluff. Or maybe he was just clicking buttons. Or maybe he thought he was value betting. I just don't know.
So, what conclusions would you draw about this unknown $2-5 player based on this hand? Would you say villain is a competent hand reader? A sicko? A donk? A button clicker? Would you say he got lucky? Or that he had a read on me? Do any of you play with other $2-5 players that you've seen take a line like this?