Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sometimes you make more money if you check

I haven't been playing much online poker lately, so decided to enter a cheap bounty tournament called Shark's League.

In late position, I picked up: A J and raised 3 times the big blind. The big blind called. The flop was nice for me: A 5 8. BB checked and so did I. The turn was the K completing a rainbow board. BB checked and I bet 777, around half the pot, he called! Now I know he has something, but an ace is not likely; so, when the river was the 3, I bet 777 and he called again.

If I had bet the flop, he would have folded. By checking, I got calls on two more streets. Here's a screen shot:

This hand helped me end up fifth.


  1. Nice play, sir. You worked'em good.

  2. It was one of those you're either way ahead or way behind things.

  3. Nice play. By checking he didn't put you on an ace and the turn let him catch up a bit.

  4. Hmmm ... you're playing Shark Poker Tour games, huh? I might have to get a little more serious about them.