Another Virtue of Underbetting

Sometimes Villains just spaz out and throw crazy bluff raises at you:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $20.00 BB (2 handed) – Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

Hero (BB) ($2289.50)
SB ($2098.50)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 4, 4
SB bets $60, Hero calls $40

Flop: ($120) A, 5, 2 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets $60, Hero calls $60

Turn: ($240) 6 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB checks

River: ($240) 3 (2 players)
Hero bets $88, SB raises to $600, Hero calls $512

Total pot: $1440 | Rake: $0.50

SB had 8, K (high card, Ace).
Hero had 4, 4 (straight, six high).
Outcome: Hero won $1439.50

4 thoughts on “Another Virtue of Underbetting

  1. I have got to say, I love the underbet to induce the spazz. I play much smaller stakes, 10/25 cent with some 25/50 cent and I see so much raise/bluff spazz when faced w/underbet on river. Well done.

  2. Andrew – could you have some bluffs here for your river underbet on this line of play? If so, I guess you are either folding or re-raising him, so is this considered a low risk move by you and a horrible raise by him?

    • Good question. I don’t think I’m likely to be on a pure bluff, given my range for calling the flop. I’m balancing big hands like this with blocking bets, though I still wouldn’t necessarily fold to that raise. That doesn’t make it terrible on his part, though- we didn’t have much history at the time, so he didn’t necessarily have reason to assume I would hand read well enough to call this.

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