Lately I have been working on planning my hands around commitment. This is a hand which came up in my home game, $.50/$1 blinds.
I have been playing with these guys for years so I have a pretty good read on most of them. Likewise I assume they think they have a good read on me. V is a relatively tight player does not usually get very creative.
Although the blinds are $.50/$1 on this evening in particular, one player (in middle position in this hand) is raising to at least $3 almost every hand so the game is playing more like a $1/3 game.
I am on the button with
V is in the small blind.
Loose raiser makes it his usual three to go, a couple players call and I raise my button to $15. V calls. everyone else folds.
Flop= J ♥ 6 ♠ 4 ♦
V checks I bet $25 V calls.
Turn= J ♥ 6 ♠ 4 ♦ 9 ♦
V checks, I bet $40, V raises all in for $60 more
There is about $190 in the pot and its $60 to call.
As I said I know V pretty well and he is rarely bluffing here and would probably check call with top pair and a big kicker. However, I have some equity because his range includes AJ (chop) plus even if he has two pair I have some outs. I feel like I am committed here so I call. He turns over a set of sixes.
Here is my question. Once I am heads up with this particular V I know that if I play a big pot top pair top kicker will not be enough to win. Is it to weak to check it down to exercise pot control and avoid being committed?