Don’t Like These Spots vs. Unknowns

It’s Sunday night poker and this villain is a complete unknown to me. It’s a full ring table, but game has broken apart. He tanked for a bit on the flop, so I’m fairly certain he has some kind of medium/small pocket pair or hand of similar weakish value holding in this spot. His stack size feels kind of awkward here. I see a flop c-bet as pretty standard here, it is going to take down the pot a lot of the time against two unpaired hole cards, as well as there being a lot of good turn cards to double barrel on. Now my question on the turn is, do you just give up here because of the villain’s stack size and probable range or do you think there is enough fold equity in betting again… Or am I spewing for even thinking about it?

Poker Stars, $1/$2 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 5 Players
LeggoPoker.comHand History Converter

UTG: $209.95
CO: $62.60
BTN: $144.80
Hero (SB): $198

BB: $96.25

Pre-Flop: A K dealt to Hero (SB)
2 folds, BTN raises to $4, Hero raises to $18, BB folds, BTN calls $14

Flop: ($38) 9 9 4 (2 Players)
Hero bets $26, BTN calls $26

Turn: ($90) 3 (2 Players)

About the Author: Andrew Ferguson

4 Comments + Add Comment

  • Ouch, that is exactly the kind of hand I have no answer for… Perhaps something to investigate about stack to pot ratio?

  • Hero raises?

  • Tough spot.

    Villain’s open min-raise from the button looks a bit fishy, like he wants action. If he calls the flop, which is as dry as they come, I can’t see him folding to any bet on the turn and you’re drawing to 6 outs on the river and maybe even drawing dead.

    My default move would be to check this turn vs an unknown. What did he have ?

  • Yeah I felt like b/f flop and c/f turn is standard. A friend of mine thinks I should check the flop though, it is unlikely that the villain will fold a pair on this board and its also unlikely they will bluff if checked to.

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