Another Boat on Board

Following hot on the heels of last week’s “What’s Your Play?”, here’s another hand where there’s a full house on the board and I beat it. This time I did go for the overbet just because in this case my range looks a lot stronger and my opponent has already checked the river, which weakens his range. Apparently that didn’t deter him, though:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $20.00 BB (5 handed) – Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

Button ($8175)
SB ($2778)
Hero (BB) ($4820)
UTG ($2088)
MP ($3868)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, 8
1 fold, MP bets $60, 1 fold, SB calls $50, Hero calls $40

Flop: ($200) 4, Q, 4 (3 players)
SB bets $140, Hero calls $140, 1 fold

Turn: ($480) Q (2 players)
SB checks, Hero checks

River: ($480) 4 (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $888, SB raises to $2574 (All-In), Hero calls $1686

Total pot: $5628 | Rake: $2

SB had K, J (full house, fours over Queens).
Hero had Q, 8 (full house, Queens over fours).
Outcome: Hero won $5626

I guess he excluded a Queen from my range after my turn check and thought he could get me off of a chop and maybe a pocket pair?

8 thoughts on “Another Boat on Board

  1. I see no rational basis for his excluding a Q from your range. You might sometimes bet the turn with a Q, but probably a long ways from always. If he took you off a Q, it was most likely because of the overbet.

    • Neither do I, but I don’t see why overbetting would preclude a Q, and I don’t see how he can shove unless he’s reasonably confident I don’t have one. It’s not as though as my range for calling a very dry flop with the pre-flop raiser still to act behind me is all that wide.

      • Another reason he might have check-shoved is because he believed he was masterfully repping a 4 with his flop bet + river cnr and figured you might make the Big Laydown even if you had a Q. That sort of mentality is quite common in the smaller stakes.

  2. Andrew…you mentioned his check on the river weakened his range. Is this because of your check on the turn ( and his) ? In other words, you weren’t building the pot at that point. Why would he check the river if you already showed you were willing to keep the pot small on the turn? I wouldn’t think someone with quads or the case Q would check the river.

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