2/5 NL Cash From a Donk's Perspective
I am going to recap a 2/5 NL hand played at the Bellagio last week, from the Donk's perspective. The cash games at the Bellagio are ridiculously soft, so this is probably the typical thought process. I will also throw in my thoughts on how I would have played the Donk's hand.
Donkey gets dealt 74s in early position.
Donks thoughts: Those cards are suited and practically connected. I have $300 behind so if I hit big, I will get paid big. I will limp.
Blinders thoughts: No fawking way I limp with 74s from EP in a cash game.
Limp, Button raises to $25, BB calls, back to the donk.
Donks thoughts: Now I will get paid off big if I hit. The pot is going to be close to $100 already if I call, and I am suited and practically connected. Easy call.
Blinders thoughts: I can't believed I limped 74s. This is why you don't do that. Hitting 2-pair or better with 74s is a 40-1 shot, and this is a preflop raised pot, so I would expect action on the flop. I don't have nearly enough behind for implied odds to call. I fold.
One more caller, and flop comes all low with two diamonds.
Donks thoughts: Jackpot, I hit my flush draw, that's why you play suited 2 gappers. I will slowplay my monster. Check.
Blinders thoughts: I don't know how I got myself in this position. If the pot was smaller, and there were less than 4 in the pot, I would probably semi-bluff this. The pot is too big though, so I check to see if I get priced in for the draw.
Check, and then button (initial raiser) bets $60. one Fold.
Donks thoughts: If I call the $60, I will have $220 behind. So if I hit my flush, I will get paid off big time. Easy call.
Blinders thoughts: I have a babyflush draw, and I am not priced in for a one card draw to it. I need to assume that the initial raiser will fire again on the turn, and price me out of the river if I miss. Even if I hit, I will need to double through for the implied odds to be there, and they are barely there right now. I could lose to a higher flush even if I hit (or a boat). There is still a player to act behind me as well. Easy fold.
Fold, and now we are heads-up. Turn brings a diamond.
Donks thoughts: I am the best holdem player ever! See how I outplayed the table. All I need to do is get paid now. Push all-in for $220
Blinders thoughts: Well if I was sticking around for the implied odds, I better get them. If I push here, way too many hands fold. I could check and see if button fires again, or I could value bet enough to pot commit the button, and push the river if another diamond does not show. I bet $100.
Button tanks, and is very confused by the betting pattern. Button is having a difficult time putting the donk on the flush, though he could have a set. Button checks his cards, and sees that he still has rockets, and one of them is a diamond. Button was prepared to fold, if no ace of diamonds, but there it is. button has a redraw to the nut flush, if he is behind. Button also has a redraw to the Ace for a set, if donk, has a set. The all-in push when the flush hits is way too suspicious, and there are just too many hands the button is ahead of, to lay this one down. Button calls.
River is a brick, and the donk wins a $660+ pot.
I was the button
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