Originally Posted by jjyykk
The reason I posted this thread is because of villain's small check raise. I wanted to gauge what people think his range is for doing this. This is a very, very weird play. I would never expect to get raised small on this board. I think a 5 should always just call and a flush draw would shove a lot. So I guess he had pockets?
while it's possibly a bluff, i wouldn't suggest it's likely. tbh, i think he just decided to mess with your head and do something different knowing his 5x or 22 was a lock. ppl don't tend to make huge bluffs with air at this stage of a tournament for 1/3 stack.
but they do get creative and start playing in non-standard ways with lock hands hoping to confuse you and give you the illusion of FE - especially when your larger sizing gets you close to pot committed. (@ssync - think it's still a spot you can mr b/f, but the larger c-bet sizing may have led V to believe hero was committed).
there's a tiny chance he's spotted your large c-bet and thinks 'why so much? i'm gonna test you out here'. it's not beyond the realms of possibility (so c-bet sizing is somewhat relevant) but if the guy has played passively post and not tried any funky stuff up to this point, the funkiest i'd expect is some non-standard line with a lock hand trying to confuse you.
sry for being somewhat responsible early itt for derailing the intended discussion point - but it did seem to be a case of (i) dunno, soulread + (ii) why not check this down with the likely best hand against the most passive post flop player in the history of creation - or take a cheap pot against said passive with a small c-bet that he might read as 'inducing'.
either that or he outplayed you with a sick read and great bluff