Running a Large Semi-Bluff on the Turn
Today's hand comes from early in a $3,500 World Poker Tour event, and as I mention at the start of the video below, I played this hand a little bit odd.
The blinds were 75/150, and it folded to a loose-aggressive player in the cutoff with about 40,000 who raised to 400. I had 32,000 on the button where I'd been dealt . This being a reraise-or-fold spot, I elected to three-bet to 1,100. It folded back to the original raiser who called, and the flop came .
My opponent checked and I decided to check behind. (Listen to the video below where I talk about why checking seemed the best option here.) The turn then brought the and a sizable bet of 1,900 from my opponent (about 80 percent of the pot).
With a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw, plus the pair of tens, I wasn't going to fold. But could I raise the turn after having checked the flop? I had to consider what kinds of hands I would play in such a manner — checking the flop, then raising the turn — including whether or not I would actually play any premium hands this way.
Take a look and hear what I ended up doing, as well as my explanation for playing the hand the way I did:
As I say, this was kind of an odd hand because while middle pair is often good, it is almost certainly not in this situation. What do you think?
Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,300,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.