Top pair meh kicker turns top 2 - played poorly

Ritter422Ritter422 Red Chipper Posts: 28 ✭✭
Yatahay Network - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 199.8 BB
SB: 92.8 BB
BB: 118.6 BB
UTG: 48.6 BB
MP: 57.2 BB
Hero (CO): 57.8 BB

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has :Ac:9d

fold, fold, Hero raises to 2.8 BB, fold, fold, BB calls 1.8 BB

Flop: (6 BB, 2 players) :Ad:6s:5h
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (6 BB, 2 players) :9h
BB checks, Hero bets 3 BB, BB calls 3 BB

River: (12 BB, 2 players) :6H:
BB checks, Hero bets 6 BB, BB calls 6 BB

I'm working through CORE and am aware I broke the "CB 100%" rule...

I felt like my hand was good against his defending range and chose to check the flop hoping to induce a turn bluff from him on a favorable turn card (for me).

Is this a mistake?

Turn bet too big? Too Small?

Check back river? Shove?

I think I'm missing a lot of key concepts in this hand...

Any and all feedback welcome.


  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,326 -
    Flop c-bet would be more natural I think, although check back has some merit. But the board is only going to get messier making it more difficult to extract a bet.

    I imagine what will most interest forum members is your decision to play half stack.
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  • Ritter422Ritter422 Red Chipper Posts: 28 ✭✭
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    I imagine what will most interest forum members is your decision to play half stack.

    Wish I had a strategic answer...

    Spent 3 orbits trying to top off in the cashier before realizing I had mistakenly sat at a short buy-in table in my haste to grab an open seat (50bb max on ACR).

    I'm just an idiot.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,326 -
    Not an idiot, just another victim of ACR's lobby.
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  • MattPMattP Red Chipper Posts: 102 ✭✭
    edited November 2021
    Turn and river seemed fine to me, but yeah, I think c-betting the flop would have been better IMO. With that dry/static flop, it seemed like a smaller c-bet might have been effective... and lots people would stick around with weak holdings.

    Your rationale for checking the flop isn't horrible though, especially if you had a read or data to suggest the villain would try to use aggression to try and steal the pot. So I'd have played it slightly differently, but I don't think it was a big mistake

    As played though, I could see an argument for check-calling river, but I'd probably have played it just like you and half-pot bet the river. But overall, I think this was pretty solid and I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

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