Royal Flush! – Hand Of The Day

 The villain in this hand (the guy on the button), has stats of 20/8.7/0.17 over 200 hand.

Poker Stars, $1/$2 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 8 Players
LeggoPoker Hand History Converter

MP1: $224.25
MP2: $209.70
Hero (CO): $199
BTN: $166.75

SB: $203.30
BB: $126.25
UTG: $238.80
UTG+1: $395.40

Pre-Flop: T K dealt to Hero (CO)
4 folds, Hero raises to $8, BTN calls $8, 2 folds

It’s folded around to me in the cut-off seat and I make my standard raise to $8 pre-flop. I get called by the button, which I’m not thrilled about because he will have position on me. I have an okay hand, it looks a lot better than it plays, and he could easily be calling with a hand that has me dominated.

Flop: ($19) 5 7 J (2 Players)
Hero bets $12, BTN calls $12

This is a very dry flop, there is no flush draw, there’s a straight draw, but that is an unlikely holding. it is also a flop that is likely not to improve most of his holdings. I have the aggression behind me, it would be horrible not to continuation bet here. I make a standard dry board continuation bet and he calls, I narrow his range to a jack, probably AJ-TJ as well as TT-55, if he has 55 or 77 I’m in trouble.

Turn: ($43) A (2 Players)
Hero bets $24, BTN raises to $56, Hero calls $32

Unless he has AJ or a set, he really can’t like this card. The ace of spades give me the nut flush draw, gut shot straight draw and a royal flush draw. This is kind of where being out of position sucks, I’m not sure whether to check/call or bet and risk being priced out of the hand. I decide to bet about half the pot, hoping he just calls and I can get to see the river fairly cheaply. I’m also hoping he folds out his pocket pairs that haven’t made a set and maybe I can even get him to fold JT/QJ here. He thinks a while and then raises me really really small. If his raise were bigger, I would have to fold. As it stands though, I have to call $32 into a $123 pot, meaning I need to be good here around 26% of the time. If he has AJ I’m 27% to win from here, if he has 55 I’m 22% to beat him. I also have implied odds in my favour, that is, I hit my hand and he pays me off because my hand is so well disguised. it would nearly be impossible for him to put me on a flush or a straight should I make it.

River: ($155) Q (2 Players)
Hero bets $100, BTN calls $90.75 and is All-In

I’ve just made a royal flush! Such a rare occurrence, I’ve had a few of them, but a lot of them were in tournaments, only using one of my hole cards or hardly won anything. I decide just to put him all-in, I bet a nice round $100, making it look bluffy and he instantly calls. He cost himself a lot of money by not raising enough on the turn. I’m not too sure on how good I played on the turn, but I’m happy with how I played every other street of this hand.

Results: $336.50 Pot ($3 Rake)
Hero showed T K (a Royal Flush) and WON $333.50 (+$166.75 NET)
BTN mucked J A and LOST (-$166.75 NET)

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