I’m at a 1k/2k ring table, with about 400k to start, and win a couple of small pots quickly, and get my stack up to 421k.
UTG limps, I wake up in UTG+1 with pocket 77s, and decide to open it. I go with a little bit bigger open than I normally would, because I don’t much want to get re-raised here, and it’s also my hope that it will get a few players to fold, and I can hopefully be heads-up for the flop.
The CO folds, Button calls, SB, BB and UTG all call. Pot is 44.5k for the flop, a nice big family pot.
Flop is about as good as I could ask for: 667, for top boat for me. I consider my options.
I could check-raise, but so much of the time when I get the perfect hand to check-raise with on a big multi-way pot, everyone checks around and I don’t get to the raise part of the play.
I definitely want to get chips in on every street of this hand, to get as big a pot as possible, so considering my options, I decide rather than check, I’ll make a weak-looking bet, and hope that it gets raised.
The size of the pot makes this very easy. I put in 6k, which is less than I opened preflop, not even 25% pot, and I feel looks appropriately weak.
Sure enough, the button raises me, going for an overbet to 63k. The only hand I’m worried about here is pocket 66, although potentially pocket over-pairs could end up outdrawing me. The raise is large enough that I wonder if my opponent could possibly have 67, in which case it’s going to be a bad day for one of us – hopefully him, as long as the 4th 6 stays off the board.
SB, BB, UTG all fold to the big raise. I re-raise, to 234k, about 2.3x the pot, and enough to put the Button all-in to call. I really expect a fold here with pretty much anything but a 6, but the size of the bet is large enough that I’m putting him on that hand, and hoping it’s not 66. Against a 6X hand, I like this sizing, against anything else it’s probably too much.
Here, though, it works out great. Button calls, and reveals pocket 33s. I think raise-folding would have been the correct play to make here for the Button in response to my small open, but guess I must have looked like I was bluffing?
Anyway, the board runs out brick-brick, and I get his stack. His only out cards would have been the other two threes, or the other two sixes for a chop, so he’s drawing dead on the Turn.
+493k slides over to me.
I can’t really remember the last time I flopped so well and didn’t have a disaster run-out ruin my hand, so this is one for the Saved Hands collection.