So on to the interesting hand I mentioned at the end of Part 1: I was sitting in the small blind and the big blind had not yet returned from break.
It folded around to the player in cut-off, who prepared six black ($100) chips and one yellow ($1k) chip. However, he didn't say raise, and had pushed the black chips forward first. He was held to a call since they call this a "string raise."
Even before looking at my cards, I was planning on three-betting any late-position raise with a wide range of hands. With the big blind sitting out, late-position players are generally willing to raise with an especially wide range.
However, their three-bet calling range remains almost unchanged ... something I can't help but exploit.
I looked down at the A♣ T♣ in the small blind. I was actually hoping to look down at a hand like the 5♠ 7♠, where I can make my move and still have an easy decision if I get reraised.
I decided to raise anyway, to $3k total. He called pretty quickly, still looking frustrated about the string-raise ruling.
The flop came A♥ 3♠ 4♠. On this flop, I will rarely get action from a weaker hand if I bet out. He will rarely have a weaker ace, and will easily be able to fold most pocket pairs and other hands that did not connect with the flop.
Although the flop is a very dangerous one to give free cards on, I decided that the best play would be to check and hope to induce a bluff or get him to overvalue a pocket pair and Matt Stout: