a limit holdem flush draw
Here's the essence of her post.
I positioned myself to the left of a southern California thinking maniac. She was the small blind, I was the big blind. I had Q4s.
The flop came with two hearts (my suit), and a straight already possible. She bet out, I called, we got four overcalls.
The turn brought my flush, she bet. I felt that my best move was to smooth call her, hoping for the overcalls. I didn't raise because of the loose/passive opponents left in the hand. I also felt that given the odd chance that I was beat, I would lose less. If I won the hand, I was hoping to get many overcalls by our passive opponents who were basically playing defense against the maniac and would call down with any piece of the flop.
On the turn, two passive players called her bet. On the river just one.
My first instinct, which was to go for the overcalls, seemed like the best at the time. There were seven big bets to start the hand. After the flop, there were ten. After the turn, fourteen. After the river, seventeen.
She showed J2s for the jack high flush.
My comments --
This is an example of why it's better to be on a maniac's right. You want them acting after you, not you acting after them.
In this situation if you'd been first and the maniac second, you could have check raised the flop and trapped the other two players in for a capped pot. Once they call that first bet by the maniac they'll keep calling (and you'd be getting 3-1 as a 2-1 dog, so you profit from the raises).
On the turn you'd have the same situation. You check, maniac bets, they call, you raise. The maniac then re-raises and you probably lose one of them at that point, but even if you lose them both you got one bet out of them.
Overcalls are nice, but if you plan ahead and try to get a better seat you can go for both overcalls and extra bets.
But, given your bad seat you did about as well as you can expect. I might have raised the river. But might not have.
Probably just as well that she has me blocked from commenting on her blog. I needed to make a post here anyway.