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    Ignition - $0.25 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
    Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

    BB: 40.72 BB
    UTG: 99 BB
    MP: 97.6 BB
    CO: 215.32 BB
    Hero (BTN): 98.6 BB
    SB: 67.4 BB

    SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

    Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has KcJh

    fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, SB calls 2.6 BB, BB calls 2 BB

    Flop: (9 BB, 3 players) Kd9h2d
    SB checks, BB bets 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB, fold

    Turn: (17 BB, 2 players) 7h
    BB bets 13.76 BB, Hero calls 13.76 BB

    River: (44.52 BB, 2 players) 9c
    BB bets 16.36 BB, Hero?


    I struggle dealing with donk bets. How would you play this?

  • #2
    I would have played this one the same way since their bet sizing's are in line with about how I would have bet. I call river and make a note on what he donk bet with.
    I prefer to pick up what they are doing with donk bets on someone else's dime but that's not always possible.

    Here goes one I just played. No history with this V 88 hands 27/7/0. Had he bet the turn too he probably would have taken it down, if not then surely on the river unless I actually had a made hand.

    Last edited by kkep; 02-06-2020, 09:23 PM.


    • #3
      Yeah kkep is right.

      We have a hand that is strong enough to call down, but if we bet and get raised we probably have to fold.

      Make a note on what the villain is donking with because at these stakes they're incredibly unlikely to be balanced.


      • #4
        I contemplated raising on the flop to get value from worse kings and straight draws but K9, K2, 99, 22 could be in villains range. I decided to let villain do the betting and call down with what was likely the best hand. Villain had Q9 to river trips.

        Is this a scenario where you can raise the flop for protection / information / value and fold if re-raised? Or, are you always just calling down with your good but not great hands?


        • kkep
          kkep commented
          Editing a comment
          It's always so hard when we don't know what the hell they are doing. IP I like check calling down until I have a clue, we always get to go last so if they ever check we could always bet.

          Some donk MM, or top pair, some draws, some just 2 pair or better. Then we have to figure out if they are calling stations tor not.

          Vs the players that donk MM I like to do a lot of bluffing as soon as a scary card hits. Sometimes it takes 2 barrels but they usually get through unless their hand improved.

          Vs the players that donk draws it usually goes like this donk flop 1/2 pot, turn doesn't help them then they bet really small. I've done this in $1/2. The pot will be like $40-$50 on the turn then they down bet $2 (I swear I see this often enough) I raise to like $30 -$40 with good made hands and or ATC and they go away. I'm not letting them set the price for their draw and the bluffs make up for whatever value I may lose buy trying to keep them around by raising to $10 and never getting paid when they miss on the river bc they ain't bluffing at.

          It really comes down to I get to play with the same players quite a bit. Even tho I've played with over 400 unique V's in 1/2 I always seem to be at a table with several players I have at least 100's of hands with and I'm getting into the the 1000's with some.

          Those bad players don't make adjustments....