How do I play this better? What did I do wrong?

Show_Me_The_MoneyShow_Me_The_Money Red Chipper Posts: 16 ✭✭
.05/.10 blinds
I have QJ of spades and UTG
I limp for .10
player 2 & 3 fold
player 4 raises to .40
player 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 fold
I call .40
The flop comes 9s, Kh, 9d
I check, player 4 raises .45, I call
Turn comes 3c
I check, player 4 checks
river comes 9h
I raise $1
Player 4 calls.
Player 4 wins with pockets queens, Qh and Qd

What did I do wrong? Should I have re-raised the flop with the straight? (What if he had a 9? I did not know if he was fishy or not it was still early in the session) The turn didn't seem like a reasonable spot to bet in but when the 9 came out on the river I figured if he didnt have a king he would fold... what did I not understand about this hand? ie board texture etc?

I am trying to put together better spots to make money but I feel like I am not approaching post flop play correctly, my hand ranges are tight etc, I cbet the flop a lot based on board textures, I did not in this situation as I was limping in UTG with QJ suited, I feel like I am also not playing my suited connectors properly like in this scenario. I feel like my only options were to reraise flop and barrel turn and river, checking turn and firing a bluff on the river prolly wasn't smart.


  • RedRed Red Chipper Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭✭
    1) limping with a great hand is bad

    2) (river) not understanding the difference between a polarized bet/range and a merged bet/range is bad - but not a concept for early beginner tho

    3) thinking you've a straight on flop ("Should I have re-raised the flop with the straight?") is terrible
  • Show_Me_The_MoneyShow_Me_The_Money Red Chipper Posts: 16 ✭✭
    1. So QJ suited from UTG is considered a "great" hand?
    2. Your second point makes a lot of sense to me though.
    3. I did not think I had a straight I knew I had straight draw, are you saying I shouldn't have barreled a straight draw with 2 9's on the flop?

    I think your 2nd point may be the most thought invoking for me because I feel like I am not playing the ranges correctly even when I play them from specified position in the infographics sheet that comes with 1/2 nlhe course you get with Pro. I also do not even know where to start with putting another person on a range because I constantly see people calling preflop raises with like 22 or j 10 and beating my pocket aces etc and I am making huge preflop bets, not just at this .05/10 but even the 1/2/3 or 2/3/5 games at my local casino.

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