Played $1/3 NLHE at Rivers post-Pirates game Wednesday. Pocketed $107 in a bit over an hour for my fourth winning session in a row. Only one hand of note, as it resulted in a little verbal sparring between myself and another player at the table.
Limped pot with five players. I had completed from the small blind with K♠-7♠. Flop: A♠-Q♠-8♠. Well, hello, nut flush. I led out for $10 into the $15 pot. I got one caller -- a 50-ish woman with a healthy stack who appeared to be a solid, aggressive player. Turn: 10♠. Well, I hated the spade, as it likely killed my action. I bet $15, trying to keep her interested. She called. River: 3♦. I bet $25, hoping she'd find it in her to call one more time. Instead, she raised to $50.
Huh, that's interesting.
I re-checked the board, considered my options and smooth-called her raise.
"Straight flush?" I asked, tabling my hand and wondering if she was going to roll over J♠-9♠.
"Nah," she said, flipping up her lowly single spade and giving me the "good hand" head nod.
As I collected my pot, I heard two players at the far end of the table discussing the hand. "Man, how does he not re-raise there?" one of them said.
I butted in: "Because she wasn't going to put another dime into the pot anyway."
"Yeah, but you might as well try," he said, increasingly exasperated by my smooth-call. "It can't hurt you."
"It can only hurt me!" I said, now a little annoyed. "If she has anything less than a straight flush, she folds. If she has a straight flush, she drops the hammer. So how does it make sense to raise?"
I turned to the woman. "If I'd have raised you back, is there any way you would have called?" She shook her head "no."
"Doesn't matter," the guy said. "She's not going to have a straight flush."
"You're so sure," I shot back. "I guess you've never seen a straight flush before."
"I have," he said. "But come on, man -- there are no monsters under your bed."
Now, that, I admit, made me laugh out loud and served to diffuse the whole situation. It's a great line. I think I'll appropriate it and use it myself someday.
Thinking back now, I'm still convinced I did the right thing. It's true that straight flushes are rare, and if she did happen to have one here, it would have meant she played it super wonky and passively. But, again, if I determine there's a .005 percent chance she has a straight flush and a zero percent chance she'll call any size raise with less than that, then it must be EV- to re-raise her.