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Thanks for the reply. Note that Vil was the PFR so he couldn't have 3bet. Even so, you have made me realize that he probably isn't c-betting this board with JJ-99 (especially with 2 players left to act).

Nov. 19, 2017 | 9:36 p.m.

Post | ralphykid67 posted in NLHE: Live $2-5 NL, river sizing?

Vil opens $20 from MP ($350)
2 callers
Hero defends from BB with Qd10c ($725)

Flop KcQcQs (Pot $80)

Hero checks
Vil bets $50
Folds back and I flat

Turn 8c (Pot $180)

Check, Check

River 2h (Pot $180)

No significant reads on vil. He's a young baby face that looks like he's 22. Seems smart and decent but a tad inexperienced. Any thoughts on my line up until the river? Seems ok to just check call flop/turn imo. Now here on the river the vil has about $280 left with a pot of $180. This looks like a value bet as he still AA, AK and KJ in his range and may find hero calls with 1010-JJ. He didn't like the turn club (live read) and I'm blocking a few flush combos (A10cc, J10cc, 109cc). What's a good sizing to go for here? It looks like we will have to fold if he jams on us as he will almost always have a flush or full house.


Nov. 18, 2017 | 3:56 p.m.

Check fold is not really an option unless I'm facing a very nitty player. I agree that we should mostly just be leading out river but I would probably bet bigger, more like half pot. I think we're missing value by betting small because a lot of these players are calling stations and will call here with one pair (AK as you've pointed out). We're really only worried about one hand (99). IMO players at these stakes aren't 3betting very wide so we can expect his range to be tight. Something like 88+, AJs+ and probably even tighter than that (at least in the 1/2 games I play).

Oct. 28, 2017 | 5:32 a.m.

I think this is a shove but it probably depends on the COs stats. We're not happy with 3-bet folding and flatting is bad for the reasons you stated. I think we just need to get it in here to iso the sb. It's not the direct bubble so we don't need to be that nitty.

Sept. 13, 2017 | 12:07 a.m.

BTW I prefer 6 table format as well. Anything more is too hard to follow and the graphics are too small.

Sept. 6, 2017 | 11:50 p.m.

First hand with AKcc, if he 3-bets (perhaps shoves) after we raise the river are we calling? I would think his range is extremely narrow at that point (sets only) especially as a rec player. I find myself calling too often in these spots so I'm curious how you would approach it. Thanks and great job on the vids.

Sept. 5, 2017 | 10:52 p.m.

I think you've misunderstood. Let's say it folds to CO short stack with 12bbs and he open shoves. A player who has already folded from MP now says "good luck" the moment that CO is declared all in. MP isn't involved. He's merely throwing out a premature "good luck" which is often a JINX lol.

Sept. 4, 2017 | 3:31 p.m.

Lately my biggest pet peeve is when someone is all-in and a player says "good luck" before anyone even calls.

Sept. 4, 2017 | 3:22 p.m.

I'm semi-regular here at 2/5. Mostly a 1/2 player but I play 2/5 when the action is good. Villain knows this. He plays 2/5 regularly and 5/10 when it runs. We've played together 4-5 times before and I would assume he sees me as a TAG. He's never seen me do anything notable that was out of line.

What do we do on a variety of brick turn cards if he just flats our 3-bet to $175?

Sept. 3, 2017 | 9:57 p.m.

Hero $650 opens A10hh to $20 in EP. Villain on button flats and he covers with about $1100. Villain is a good/aggressive reg. He's a tad on the LAG side but plays very well. Likes to make a lot of small raises after the flop.

Flop 962hhd

I lead for $25 and Villain raises to $65. Hero?

Do we want to 3-bet here with the intention of getting it in? We can get it in vs worse draws here or make a better hand fold. His range is quite wide here as I've seen him show up with draws or one pair hands in these spots.

Or do we just flat and then check call turn? That seems awfully passive with our hand not being made yet. I feel like we will be check calling turn and check folding river most of the time with this line.


Sept. 2, 2017 | 2:18 p.m.

35:30 or so and you 3-bet otb with 88 against a 20bb stack. What is our 3-bet range here being that we can never fold to his shove? Thanks for the vids as always!

Aug. 30, 2017 | 10:44 p.m.

150/300bb 25ante

Hero ~75k stack from 20k starting. Was blessed with AA and KK and a few other monsters early where I got paid huge. Table is very soft.
Villain ~ 35k stack. Good reg that is more of a cash game player. We have some history from cash games. Nothing too specific but we both know each other are regs who have been around for years.

Action- One passive/bad limper in EP with about 20k stack, Villain raises in HJ to 1100. Folds to hero in SB with 1010. Hero?

I decided to 3b to 3400. Hand is too strong to just flat imo, especially being OOP and considering that Vil's iso-raise range should be pretty wide. I felt like just calling was far too passive. Thoughts? How about the sizing?

Limper folds and it's back to villain who 4-bets it to 9k. Hero?

I decided to fold. I felt it was too early to play a monster pot with one of the only good players at the table. Especially since we're both very deep. Just looked like a recipe for disaster. If I flat I'm OOP with a vulnerable hand in a bloated pot. If I 5-bet I'm committed against his shove. I felt handcuffed here like folding was the only option. Thoughts?


Aug. 22, 2017 | 1:28 p.m.

Flatting is 100% not an option IMO.

With 7bbs, and being in the money I don't see any other option. A good player who's paying attention won;t be raising light in this spot so it kinda sux. But realistically are we going to fold, probably fold the sb, and then we'll be on the button with what like 4bbs? No thanks. We have zero fold equity at that point. This is likely the best spot for us to go ahead and try and double. We have 7bbs we need to get lucky somehow. Why not in a heads up pot with broadway cards, including K high ? I'm in there.

Aug. 7, 2017 | 10:25 p.m.

1/2 live is also my bread and butter game. In general this game will be very profitable since the players make so many mistakes. I agree with your simplified groupings that I will call A (tighter old nits) and B (more aggressive/thinking players). You're missing another group however. This group, C, is made up of very bad fish. This is where most of the money comes from. These players basically have zero chance of winning unless the deck blesses them. We don't need to focus on them as much since they're super easy to beat.

Now most of group A are fish as well. They are just tighter and are less likely to donk off their money on a random spazz. That said, both groups A and C are highly exploitable. Most pros/coaches will offer the same advice. That is, start with GTO as a baseline, and deviate from that based on the player/situation. So for example, a GTO strategy will certainly win money against all players. But will it win the most money? Probably not. These players are so bad that their hand is often "face up". When we can read them that well we are obligated to exploit them to the max. That means exploitative bets, raises, and folds. For example: a GTO strategy might dictate that you call a certain hand on the river. Against a group A player that never bluffs on the river and has showdown that he "has it" when he bets, do we want to call just because it's GTO? Throw in live reads/tells to the mix now.

So in summary, I recommend playing closer to GTO vs the better players (group B) and exploitative vs groups A and C. Lastly, if you find yourself at a nitty table of A's and B's you should probably just try to change tables where there are more C's. If that's not possible I like to start playing with my image and buying myself action by appearing to be something I'm not. That's a whole other topic tho. Good luck!

Aug. 5, 2017 | 3:02 p.m.

Here's one thing that may help. What type of flop and action are you looking for with J4s if you're going to fold on this flop and action? If you're going to raise this weak of a hand you're not going to smash many flops this hard.

Maybe the underlying advice is: tighten up your preflop opening ranges. If you're confused what to do after the flop in these spots it probably means you need to tighten up preflop to make the flop decisions easier. The players are bad at these stakes so we want to be in there gambling with them. But if you can't outmaneuver them post flop what's the point of playing weak hands preflop?

July 24, 2017 | 11:04 p.m.

I'm all in. He could be betting a worse hand like 89, 7x, 55, 66 for example. Calling isn't good because as you've pointed out we are pot committed if we continue. I prefer to jam as we can either win by taking it down or be called by a worse hand sometimes.

July 24, 2017 | 10:53 p.m.

Raise preflop. This is a strong hand on the button in a juicy pot with a straddle and 2 limpers. I'd probly raise to $150-200 pre.

As played I think we need to just go ahead and raise. This board is pretty wet with a flush draw and a few straight draws (QJ, Q10,J10, 67, 78 - all of these hands fit the preflop action btw). I raise to $6-$700. Will also play some flush draws and combo draws this way.

July 7, 2017 | 9:59 p.m.

Comment | ralphykid67 commented on 3-bet pot - 3-way

A little early in the tourney to start 3-betting this IMO, especially being in the HJ. This guy is UTG so his range should be on the stronger side. I like a flat preflop. We're so deep I don't like bloating the pot this early in the tourney.

July 3, 2017 | 2:19 p.m.

My bad I misread.

June 27, 2017 | 12:06 p.m.

His range is something like 22, 88, KQ, AQ or something like that and I doubt this exact player has QQ or KK or AA.

Why exactly do you not think QQ+ are in his range? Yes we are blocking QQ and AA so they are less likely, but they are still in his range.

Based on the info provided I would assume his range (after this turn bet) is almost entirely KK and AA. I know it's tough, but in live settings at these low stakes I think we need to find an exploitative fold here on the turn. Players aren't balancing their range in this spot at all. Especially guys who limp nonstop and then all of sudden raise once an hour. He also not likely to be turning a hand like JJ or 1010 into a bluff in this spot. Most of these players are just going to give up after you call them on the flop.

June 26, 2017 | 10:34 p.m.

$400k guaranteed at Venetian. Multiple starting days and prize pool more than doubled to $800k!

We're 2-3 levels from bagging for Day2 and I'm sitting on 74k at BB 2k (37bbs) after having just run it up from 9bbs. My image was tight having arrived at this table with 20bbs and grinding down, getting some shoves through, and finally doubling up a few times and gaining momentum. The table was mostly tough aggressive grinders. Stack sizes ranged from 60- 200k.

Villain opens in UTG +1 to 5k from about 100k stack. He has been way out of line with his opens. More on that later.
Folds to hero on button and I 3-bet to 12k with AJo
Folds back to Villain and he flats. Heads up to flop.

J 7 7 - rainbow

Villain checks
Hero bets 15k
Villain shoves and covers.

Thoughts on all decision points appreciated. Mostly the flop here after he jams. Are we folding near the top of our range of here? I feel like my image is so tight that my range looks like AJ, QQ, KK, AA so this looks like a value shove from him. Value hands = 67s, 78s, 97s, maybe even worse like 107s. Does he do this with value hands like 10J-KJ, 99 even? He will likely just flat these hands I would think but he is a crazy player so who knows. Bluffs= not finding many but it's possible with 89s, 109s,108s.

He is a mid 20's asian player with a very LAG image. He had been opening nearly any two cards. At one point he opened 94s utg and called off short stack's shove. I had also seen him check raise with air in a BvB pot. More on my image- white male about 30 yrs old, backwards hat, backpack, standard tourney grinder look I suppose.


June 17, 2017 | 5:49 p.m.

Thanks for the feedback all. I feel I played it well also. Was just checking since I'm relatively new to $2/5 and I've recently shifted my focus from tourneys to cash.
Was shell shocked for a few days because V called and turned over AJdd. River comes 8d no problem.

May 17, 2017 | 11:26 p.m.

Comment | ralphykid67 commented on Live $2/$5: AA utg

Pre-flop: Sounds like a loose game so you should probably size up since you're OOP and want to limit callers. I would open to $30.
Flop: Probably want to bet a little bigger to charge draws on this wet board. $70-80
Turn: Not sure why you're checking here? I think you can continue to barrel here for value. His calling range on the flop is going to have a lot of Jx and draws.

May 14, 2017 | 3:41 p.m.

I don't think a good reg would ever shove with AA or KK there. It's a huge over shove he's making. A bad player is more likely to shove AA or KK there. Good reg more likely to have JJ and AK there IMO. I call.

May 13, 2017 | 2:46 p.m.

Hero $700- Active image, I was opening quite a bit and probably seen as aggro.
Villain- $1500 stack. Also active and somewhat loose. Not a maniac or a bad player by any means tho.

Hero UTG opens to 25 with QcQd
Villain 3-bets to 80 from UTG1
Fold around and I flat. I don't see any need to 4-bet. Agree/disagree?

Flop 2d3d4h , Pot 160

I check, Villain bets 130, and I call. I figure I wanna let him barrel with 1010-JJ, AK. Agree/disagree with flat?

Turn Qh, Pot 420

I check, Villain bets 250 and I shove for 500 total.

What do we think about preflop? I feel like 4-betting is turning my hand into a bluff. If I make it say $200 and he shoves am I calling? I don't have info to justify calling off QQ there. His range will be almost entirely AA-KK at that point it seems. Not sure what's correct here but I think flatting and taking a flop is good.

What about on the flop? Any reason to check raise? I felt like check call was good since he can still have 1010-JJ. I think if I check raise I have to shove and that isolates his range to KK-AA, and AKdd.


May 13, 2017 | 2:29 p.m.

May 8, 2017 | 10:35 p.m.

Moved to this table from must move about 10min ago.
Hero UTG with $575, open to $25 with AdQh.
V1 calls from UTG1 with ~$1k stack- no info.
V2 calls from UTG2 with ~$275. Loose/sticky reg. Doesn't like to fold preflop or on early streets. Judging by his stack size and demeanor it looks like he's losing tonight.

Flop Ax2x3h
Hero bets $40 into $80 and both V's call.
Turn 9h brings bdfd. Hero bets $100 and only V2 calls leaving himself about $110 behind.
River Kd. I put him all in and he calls and shows K2hh for two pair.


  1. What do you think about my line? I'm unsure if I should be going for 3 streets of value here. V2 is so short on the river I don't think I can check fold.

  2. Sub-question: What is our betting range on this flop? I'm unsure how to build ranges on this flop. Let's assume we're opening UTG with 66+, J10s+ for simplicity. What hands should we be betting? I think we want to check the majority of that range so I'm wondering if we should just check our entire range.


May 6, 2017 | 3:06 p.m.

3-bet is the 2nd best option pre but again is a little unnecessary with no reads. I'd probably prefer a hand like KJo. I think in general we want to 3-bet our unsuited combos and flat the suited ones (to realize their added equity more often).

May 2, 2017 | 10:25 p.m.

Classic example of "FPP" fancy-play poker aka trying too hard IMO.

Pre-flop. Perfectly fine defend hand.

Flop- Why are we leading? What are we representing betting into 2 players? What is our plan on the various scenarios that could follow? This is what Dan Harrington calls a "dark tunnel bluff" IMO. We're heading down this dark tunnel that could be dangerous with no real plan. We're out of position and we have very little equity (most likely just four outs). This flop smashes both opponents range also. This looks like a check fold for the most part.

Turn/River- I understand we're following up on our earlier aggression and trying since its the only way we can win. It's just unnecessary aggression in this stage of the tourney IMO. This is a small buy in field and there are surely a lot better spots. We're triple barreling off half of our chips here. 30bbs vs 15bbs is a big difference at this stage.

April 30, 2017 | 4:52 p.m.

Also- In a tourney at this buy-in level, at this stage of the tourney, the good players notice stack sizes. A good player isn't gonna just raise-fold 3x here when there are shorties (you) behind. He/she will notice the shorties behind and adjust their opening ranges accordingly.

April 24, 2017 | 10:31 p.m.

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