Monday, August 27, 2007

One of my biggest leaks: how to play TPNK

Top pair no kicker, I just suck at making decisions with this hand. This was my last hand on the Poker Stars Sunday Million $500+30

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t300 (9 handed)

saw flop|saw showdown

BB (t9125)

UTG (t10250)

UTG+1 (t13975)

MP1 (t11575)

MP2 (t12253)

MP3 (t16997)

CO (t13275)

Button (t12650)

SB (t6875)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 4h, Qh.

2 folds, MP1 calls t300, MP2 calls t300, 3 folds, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (t1200) Qc, 5d, 6c (4 players)

Hero checks, BB checks, MP1 checks, MP2 bets t900, Hero calls t900, BB folds, MP1 folds.

Turn: (t3000) 2h (2 players)

Hero checks, MP2 bets t2100, SB raises to t5675, MP2 calls t3575.

River: (t14350) 7c (2 players)

Final Pot: t14350

Main Pot: t14350 (t14350), between MP2 and Hero. > Pot won by MP2 (t14350).

Results in white below:

Hero has 4h Qh (one pair, queens).

MP2 has Td Qd (one pair, queens).

Outcome: MP2 wins t14350.

My Analysis:

Preflop: Completing the SB was fine with 2 callers

Flop: It is the first puzzle, Do you check-fold any time you flop TPNK on a multiway pot?, if MP1 or MP2 bet, I most probably fold, but since the bet came from the last person to act, my hand may be good, therefore the call; Is a check-raise better? Is leading better?, because of the size of my stack, Is it the check-raise all in better if I'm not folding?, IS the call better and then shove any turn?

Turn: I think it was a total mistake, if I'm going all in, it's better to just lead all in, instead of check raising without any fold equity. He'd probably called anyway.

Meh, I should just fold the flop all the time until I learn how to play TPNK.

I went 0 for 6 this Sunday, I feel a little rusty, but the good thing is I'm playing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You're too good to be messing around on that flop - set, 2 pair (6s and 7s), or the completed straight on the river, especially with the 4 kicker.

Please play more so that you can update more :)