The following hand is from a $2/$5 cash game with $1000 (200bb) effective stacks at my local casino. The game I'm playing in opened about five minutes before this hand developed & I joined it because the other tables were full.
With black pocket tens in MP, I flat an UTG1 $25 raise from a 20something guy wearing Underarmor playing with a stack of black chips whom I haven't played with before. Another player calls.
Flop $75 3 ways KdTd4x. The preflop raiser bets $40. I raise to $125. The other player folds. The villain re-raises to $275. I think about the player's range which likely includes AK, AA, KT, and 44. Some combo draws like AQdd and QJdd may also be here, but from my experience I don't see most players playing combo draws very aggressively in $2/$5 games. I opt to just flat here rather than putting in another raise and having the player fold hands like AA, AK, and even KT - I want to keep the hands I'm quite ahead of in his range and figure that stacks can get in by river as I have position and I expect the player to keep betting on future streets.
Turn $625 headsup 2x. Villain bets $400. I consider raising all-in here, but once again do not want to fold out hands like AK, AA, and even KT. I suspect villain will put in another bet on river/get all-in. After all, villain showed lots of strength on the flop and likely has a big hand, but, again, I don't want to fold out the weaker parts of his strong range.
River $1425 headsup 4x. Villain surprisingly checks. I shove and villain tanks saying things like, "Wow, would a $2/$5 player bluff like this? A missed draw? I'm really thinking of calling here with Ace high." I say nothing and he eventually folds Qd face-up.
Perhaps villain here indeed had AdQd and would have called off turn had I raised, but I don't want to be results-oriented here and would hate to see hands like AA, AK, KT possibly fold turn. Maybe the combo draws here were the only hands that would check/fold river?
What are your thoughts on this hand regarding flop and turn play? I'm looking for feedback in these deeper situations as I get used to 200bb situations that don't happen very often. Thanks.