I just started playing HE recently. A couple days ago I was playing 1-4-8 at Mandalay Bay and had a hand that involved pocket kings. Basically what happened was (please excuse the lack of knowledge regarding poker terms) in the pre-flop I had pocket kings. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd players after the blind mucked their cards. It got to the 4th player he raised 4, 5th player folded, I re-raised, the dealer and both blinds folded. 4th player called. The flop came up, 3, 7, J off-suits. 4th player raised the max, I re-raised, he called. Turn was a 2 o. He raised, I re-raised. The river came up, Qo. He raised, I re-raised, he called. He had two pairs J’s and Q’s. Needless to say, my pocket kings lost. Did I play that hand correctly, what would you guys have done differently?
Just so you know, his original bets on the turn and river are called “bets” (not “raises”) because he was the first to bet on that round. You can’t raise unless someone has bet first in that betting round. As for your play:
- Preflop: Good
- Flop: Good
- Turn: Good
- River: Mistake.
Once you raise on the flop and turn, there’s no way he will bet into you again unless he has AT LEAST two pair. Just call here.
I, too, started playing HE recently and had a similar experience with pocket Kings yesterday in fact. I’m in next to last position, dealer to my left. I’m dealt the kings, two players before me call the bet ($2) and I raise. Button drops, blinds call, player immediately after the blinds calls and everybody else folds. Me and 3 other players and I’m in last position. Flop: 2d, Qc, 8h, no threatening draws, no over cards: (I’m already stacking the chips.) All check to me; I bet; they call. Turn: 3s. Everybody checks to me, I bet; they call.
Still in decent shape. Board looks harmless enough, (click, click, click I’m counting chips.) I’m River: 4d. Ouch! Small blind bets; other two fold; I call. He turns over 4,5 off-suit. \
I guess you mean a 6d on the river. Anyways, you will see people calling the pre-flop in low limits. I, although I am a beginner, would never play the flop with 4, 5 off suit. They keep playing like that, especially against pocket kings, and I am sure they
will not last long at the table.