Played $2-5 NL today and this hand went down. I raise from CO with 8c8d to $20. I get a call from the big blind. We have a little bit of history because he’s a bit steamed from a hand an hour or so ago where I value-bet a flush for a lot of money on the turn and he made a bad call for all his chips with a straight and lost. I get the feeling he’s a bit steamed at me or at least wants to get some chips back from me. My view of him: he’s a bit too loose and prone to not give people credit for hands. I have not seen him get too out of line with anyone before, but I think it’s possible he will make a move on me.
The flop is:
Kc Qd 7d
He bets $20 into me. I call.
Turn puts up a third diamond, 5d. He checks. I check behind.
River is another diamond, like the 9d or something. So I make the 8 high diamond flush.
He takes quite a while before he bets slowly bets $55. I decide it’s quite likely he’s making a move with a lot of bad hands, so I call. He turns over T4 of hearts and I win.
After the hand, I started thinking about it and realized that he didn’t once look back at his cards after the hand started. As you probably know if you’ve played much cash games, many players routinely check their hole cards when the board brings three of a suit or four of a suit. Most players, even good ones, don’t easily remember their suits, if their cards aren’t suited. (I, admittedly, needed to recheck my hole cards on the river to make sure I had the 8 of diamonds before calling.)
So I started thinking that, unless his hand was suited in diamonds, there would be a good chance that he would recheck his cards on the turn or river, just to make sure he had remembered that he had a diamond. The reason that he never had to look back at his hand, in this case, was because he knew he was suited in hearts (suited cards are easy to remember) and he knew he was making a move.
Of course, he could have easily had a good diamond or two diamonds. But my point is that this player wasn’t super-experienced, and I’d seen him recheck his hole cards in other spots, so there would have been a good chance of him double-checking his cards on the turn or river when the third or fourth diamond came out. The fact that he didn’t do this made it somewhat more likely that he was bluffing. At least this is what I started thinking today. Love to hear any comments or thoughts on this to see if my logic is okay.