$2K eff. I open 9♣ 9♠ to $40 in MP1, MP2, button and SB call.
J♥ 9♥ 8♦ $170 SB checks, I bet $110, MP2 calls, B raises to $420, SB folds
MP2 is a TAG grinder, I would describe as solid but snug. Haven't played with B before but he's been very active, 3-betting a lot and also displaying a lot of aggression in pots postflop and taking it down with no showdown. 25ish guy. Could be a grinder or just a LAGtard.
How do we respond to the raise now and what would be your plan for all future streets?
May 2, 2017 | 9:48 p.m.
April 28, 2017 | 3:05 p.m.
$3K eff. I open A♥ A♦ to $40 in UTG+1, V in HJ makes it $140. V is your stereotypical 45ish recreational tightreg cleancut guy. Seems stiff and disciplined. Not quite OMC but leaning that way. The kind of player who relies on presence of fish to pay them off and on running good. Otherwise, in a lineup with few/no fish he has no edge and probably breakeven or a marginal loser.
I feel like he has KK a ton of the time here. Discounted QQ and heavily discounted AK also possible. I don't think he's ever light here. Folds to me and I make it $600. He calls.
April 25, 2017 | 10:28 a.m.
CO ($1000) is a spewy recreational regular with non-poker money opens to $30. SB ($2500) is a semi-pro TAG reg 3bs to $110. Hero BB ($1500) makes it $350 with A♠ J♦
CO... flats (WTF?), SB folds.
9♣ 8♣ 7♥ $810 I shove $650 effective.
Is this good? Am I picking the right hands to balance my premiums with? How's my 4b sizing?
April 21, 2017 | 2:16 p.m.
3-Handed, $1000 eff. The game dynamics is very aggro, a ton of 3-betting, everyone opens very wide as they should.
Button is a grinder, very capable of aggression. I previously called his c-bet with bottom pair OOP and he shut down so he knows I'm capable of calling down light. B opens to $30, SB folds, I call with A♦ 9♣
K♣ 8♠ 3♥ $65 Check-check.
K♦ $65 I check, B bets $30, I call
T♥ $125 I check, B bets $260
Do we hero? Is this a good hand to hero with? If not, what hands would you be looking to hero with? What range are we putting V on?
April 18, 2017 | 11:53 a.m.
Let's say you open in late position and there's a grinder in the blinds 3-betting the crap out of you. Let's say he goes completely bananas and 3-bets like 40% in this spot because he sees you as "weak" or whatever the reason is. Let's say we're playing a balanced range so we fold some to this, we call some and we 4-bet some according to a range we memorized at home.
So if we're playing a balanced range that means we can't be exploited right? But what if he 3-bets just way too high and we don't adjust our balanced range? We're still not exploited?
April 18, 2017 | 7:48 a.m.
$1600 eff. MP1 opens to $40, I 3b in MP2 to $160 with A♥ A♦ HJ cold calls, MP1 calls.
Both Vs are tight.
Q♣ 6♠ 6♦ $495 Checks around
9♥ $495 MP1 checks, I bet $250, HJ calls, MP1 folds
3♠ $995 I shove $1190 and get instacalled by QQ
Where did I go wrong?
April 18, 2017 | 7:33 a.m.
I really fucked up and folded and he triumphantly showed Qh9h.
April 15, 2017 | 9:08 a.m.
Is giving him a chance to continue (semi)bluffing OTT worth the risk of a spade turn? And btw, I think if we call turn we're committed OTR. In fact even the turn maybe a jam given remaining stacks.
April 12, 2017 | 12:03 a.m.
$2000 eff, 6-handed. Very decent recreational reg opens button to $40, I 3b Q♣ Q♠ to $160 in SB, he tanks, makes obnoxious inquiries about how much I have (he can clearly see) and flats. V is generally tight and has it but is also capable of throwing in a move now and then. Good hand reader.
K♣ 4♥ 6♥ $330 Check-check
5♥ $330 Check, he quickly bets $220, I quickly call
5♦ $770 Check, he tanks and bets $580
Does a hero call here make any sense?
April 10, 2017 | 10:53 p.m.
$1100 deep. Donk has been playing 80% of hands, usually limping. Likes his top pair but very substantially tightens up postflop. Overall passive postflop. You know the type. V limps UTG, I make it $25 with A♥ K♦ in UTG+1. 2 callers including V.
K♥ 6♥ 7♦ $82 Donk declares he has a good hand and quickly... umm..... donks $115, we call, third player drops out
5♦ $312 V now doesn't say anything and quickly bets $300
I wonder what our line should be for the rest of the hand and how it relates to our whole range in this spot.
April 10, 2017 | 12:23 a.m.
$1000 eff. V is a recreational LAG reg. Plays too many hands. Plays too many hands OOP. Plays too many hands in early positions. Flats too many 3bs OOP. All are interrelated of course. Seems to have a big ego. Likes to make moves and hero calls. Loves to talk strat at the table.
He's been opening a lot and I've been 3bing him a lot in position and of course he's frustrated. His response has been flatting my 3bs 100%.
6-handed, he opens UTG (MP2 6-handed) to $20, MP1 calls, I 3b to $80 in CO with A♣ K♦ and only V calls.
K♥ 6♠ 3♠ $187 He checks, I bet $125, he CRs to $325
For value I think he'd do this only with sets. For bluff I think he'd do this with 54s and a bunch of suited spade connectors such as 9♠ 8♠ and 7♠ 5♠ Maybe pair+FD like KQss or KJss. I have As so there should be less suited Aces in his range.So in other words I think it's either sets and a bunch of flush draws.
What should be our optimal line?
April 10, 2017 | 12:20 a.m.
$1000 eff. V limps UTG, CO limps, SB completes, I check BB with 2♦ 2♥
J♣ 4♦ 2♠ $20 SB checks, I bet $20, V calls, others fold
T♣ $60 I bet $60, V makes it $160
Now I started thinking about his range. JJ he raises pre, TT as well. He may have JTs which is 3 combos. There are 3 combos of 44.
So paradoxically, we are way ahead or way behind and should just call? But if he limps KK+ then we're way ahead.
What do you think? What would be your line?
April 7, 2017 | 11:25 p.m.
Hero $1600, MP1 $900, CO $560. MP1 opens to $20, CO 3bs to $65, I 4b to $180 with K♣ K♠ in SB, MP1 folds, CO... flats.
CO is a rec player, generally on the tighter side but capable of doing dumb stuff. He does not 3b light or wide. His range is at its tightest QQ+ and at its loosest AK+/QQ+. He is capable of flatting with AA.
A♥ 8♠ 3♦ $387 I check, he bets $170
Comments on all streets please, including 4b sizing.
April 6, 2017 | 1:06 a.m.
$1300 eff. I open Q♠ T♠ in HJ to $20, SB calls, BB recreational player makes a clumsy raise to $50. I immediately become 90% sure that he has precisely KK or AA and call. SB calls.
I also know from observing his prior play that he's the type to stack with KK/AA 100%.. unless it's A-high board and he has KK or something.
Q♣ 6♠ 2♠ $150 SB checks, BB bets $75, I raise to $300, SB folds, BB shoves, I call
He has AA of course. Whether I hit it or not is irrelevant to the question and I don't want that to cloud your answer so I'm going to leave that out.
What do you think of my line?
If you don't like it, why, where did I go wrong?
If you wouldn't play this the same way how would you play all streets and why?
April 3, 2017 | 4:46 a.m.
Does your answer change if button wasn't in the picture?
March 25, 2017 | 9:29 p.m.
I open KQo UTG+1 to $25 over UTG fish's limp; TAG grinder on the aggro side who posted $5 behind the button (CO) 3-bets to $85. My read is that he sees this as good spot to defend his $5 in position. I've seen him 3-bet light in and out of position a number of times; it's something he does regularly. TAG grinder on the button very surprisingly flats, fish folds and it's on us.
Stacks: Me and CO $1500 each. Button $1000.
What should we do and why?
March 25, 2017 | 11:46 a.m.
OK fair enough. You are saying there are factors involved that would influence the answer. Could you at least list the factors involved?
March 22, 2017 | 11:39 p.m.
So when you take a certain action preflop you already have your river action planned out? No? Then you're clicking buttons, right? This is nonsense.
And I completely disagree that no useful answer can be provided given the information I provided.
March 22, 2017 | 11:33 p.m.
I'm trying to come up with sizing that I will use on both bluffs and value.
Preflop 3-bet: 16BB