So there is a gambler/maniac poker player at my table. He is great for the game. I have seen him triple barrel bluff big bets 3 times in 3 hours with stone cold air and he is happy to show it. The read I have gotten is that he slows down a bit when he gets SD value and since he is bluffing everyone, he thinks everyone is trying to bluff him. It makes for the interesting dynamic in this hand.
$2/$3 $500 cap game.
Maniac straddles to $6 on the BTN. In this game action starts UTG and skips the button going to the SB, BB and the BTN is last to act pre-flop.
Eff stacks: I have $500 and he has $450.
It folds to me in the SB. I know that Maniac will raise any two, (this play is debateable, but I have been raising him a lot) I limp in for $6 with A♣ 7♣ . BB folds. Maniac makes it $41. I call.
Flop: Q♣ J♣ 5♥
I check. Maniac bets $75. I contemplate raising, but the $75 is actually less than he usually bets, so I am actually concerned he has a pair and I have seen him get very sticky with pairs cause he thinks everyone is bluffing him, so I flat call the $75. My main question is, when is it best to let a maniac bluff of his stack if he has shown the propensity to do so? If I raise, I think he will fold all his air hands. If I check, I think he will bet with a super high frequency. My plan is basically to realize my equity while getting to as cheap of a showdown as possible cause I think A high is good here A LOT. (good plan?)
I check. He tanks for about a minute and finally checks.
I check. And he tanks for about 2 minutes and checks again and shows A♦ 2♦ for a rivered chop.
I am about 60% that if he did not have Ace high, he would have barreled turn. I know it gets super sticky, but do I ever want to take that ability away from him by semi-bluff raising the turn?