The River Overbet: Taking an Optimistic Line in a Rare Limped Pot
Most of us know that open-limping before the flop in no-limit hold'em is generally not a move made by knowledgeable players, although there can be exceptions.
But do we see players limp sometimes, even in higher buy-in tournaments. This week's hand — coming from early in a $5,000 buy-in event — features just such a situation.
The blinds were 50/100, with the effective stacks close to 30,000. In fact it was early enough in the event that the table was short-handed as players were still arriving.
In the hand a couple of early position players folded, and the action was on a 40-year-old player on the button who just called. I then completed from the small blind with , and the player to my left in the big blind checked his option.
The flop came — reasonably good for me. I led with a bet of 200, the big blind folded, and the button-limper called. The turn was the and I decided to check, and my opponent checked behind.
The then completed the board, giving me trips and the effective nuts in the hand. At that point I decided to take an abnormal line that was either amazingly great or horribly bad.
You might recall last week's hand where I made a huge overbet on the river as a bluff. Here I also decide to make a big overbet of 2,200 into the 700 pot.
See what happens:
If you get the vibe that your opponent thinks you're loose-aggressive and inclined to bluff in a spot like this, such a big value bet can sometimes be a good idea.
Do you ever attempt this play in this situation? Let me know in a comment below.
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.