Stupidhead, on Friday, February 15th, 2008, 1:24 AM, said:
The 2 players in the pot have been playing pretty standard. MP2 and CO haven't played a hand in a while, though CO tends to be a little looser than most preflop. MP2 has to have a strong hand to raise any pot, and I don't want to get forced into a coin flip for my stack, which is why I just called preflop (also had position, which helped).So, do I just call to try to disguise my hand still and make more money on the turn, or do I raise it right now to force out any potential draws that CO may have?
Re-raising pre-flop is pretty standard in this spot. I'm not sure that I agree with Metternich that it's 100%, but it's probably 95%. If you were just facing MP2's raise, then I can get behind calling more frequently. However, with CO's call, I think you need to take a shot at the squeeze. That said, while you're losing some value, it's not a terrible mistake (as you noted...you have position). Don't be afraid of "flipping" for your stack here...against a reasonable MP2, he'd need a really huge hand to 4-bet you after you'd shown so much strength.On the flop, you really need to raise. The board is pretty drawy, you're facing a bet and a call, and you can get action from hands that you have crushed.