I recently played a hand at 2-5 NL where physical tells, betting patterns and meta game played a factor into my decision. This decision led to me winning a pot over 2k. I developed my basic skills from playing online professionally. Betting patterns and timing tells were all I had to go on. I have come a long way since the online grind and black Friday.The hand played out as follows… I was about 5 hours into a session at a South FL Casino and was about even. I had been playing relatively tight until I got a rush of cards. The two hands prior I was dealt Kings. I three bet both times one time getting called & winning a medium size pot without going to showdown after that hand I was sitting with a little over 1k in front of me. The villain in this hand was on my immediate right. He just moved tables & had been sitting in about one rotation.
Stacks are about 1k effective
The villain in the hand is an older middle eastern gentleman.
I pick up QhQc in the cut off
One player limps utg +2
Villain opens to $25 from HJ
Hero 3 bet to $80
Folds to Villain he snap calls
(when a player snap calls this usually represents weakness. I could tell he was irritated with me 3 betting the previous 2 hands)
Flop come 9h3h6s
Villain snap leads for $125
(The quick bet again gave me a clue my opponent was weak)
Hero calls $125
Turn is 6h
Villain snap leads $125
(From my experience, the speed & bet sizing on the turn represented weakness)
(At this point I felt my opponents range was a high heart & or a over pair with an heart)
Hero makes it $280
(I decided to put in a smallish raise here to set up a shove on a non heart board)
Villain snap calls.
River J c
Villain snap shoves $470
Hero tanks calls
(As I was tanking, the hero lifted his cards up & showed his neighbor to his left it seemed as if he was acting confident. When a player acts strong he is usually weak. His body language had shifted away from me. All these tells added up and in correlation to previous tells & his betting patterns led to my call)
Villain shows A9 with no heart.
Hero wins pot. Although my read was not 100% accurate it was close enough. Remember to always take your time when making a decision, do not allow your opponents quick play throw you off your game.
Next post we will take a look at technical skills.