Playing a Set of Tens Against a Tight Opponent
DECISION POINT: In a $1/$2 no-limit hold'em cash game, three players limp, then a tight player in middle position raises and both the hijack and cutoff call. It folds to you in the big blind with and you also call the raise, as do two of the limpers.
Six players see the flop come . It checks to the preflop raiser who continuation bets, and only you call. Now heads-up, the turn is the and you check again, and your opponent bets once more. Action is on you...
PRO ANSWER: Against a default Villain in MP2, we should shove preflop. There is $39 in the pot already and we only have $130 behind. Also, we have multiple opponents with likely capped ranges and a hand that performs very well against most raising ranges from middle position players after several limpers.
However in this case since Villain is tight preflop and likely has a narrow range, calling preflop will be more profitable. The amount of money already in the pot makes it profitable for us to call $8 more even if we only ever continued when we flopped a set.
Once we see a flop, we should check-call since top set on a dry flop eliminates most ways in which an opponent can connect with the board.
The on the turn gives our opponent more ways to connect (e.g., with A-Q or K-Q) and their very narrow hand range still includes overpairs. Check-raising all in is very reasonable, since this type of opponent will often check back on the river rather than go for three streets of value.
Against an opponent who has a wider range preflop and is more aggressive postflop, calling and checking the river to induce bluffs is a better play.
However, against this type of opponent with a narrow range, check-raising all in on the turn is the best play.
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