I know that this is really complicate matter and that there is no quick fix, and i know that this is a noob question and that by asking i look stupid. I'm just searching for some valuable hints
So here's the deal, at my tables it's really often to find a guy that looks pretty much like this
Fold to 3bet 40
Fold to cbet 35 Fold to tcbet 50 etc..
You can imagine the other stats since i guess you get what kind of player we are talking about.
My first problem comes from the fact that, due being relatively new to the game, i have a very hard time evaluating their ranges because they are too big. Whithout any further information you might say that playing it's pretty easy, just fold whenever they show strenght. What i'm struggling with is that they show strenght in many different spots and i'm getting really confused.
They show strenght ( usually by minraising or potting)
- In the moment they hit 2 pair + BUT on the river aswell after maybe slowplaying regardlessly of the amount of free cards they give.
- On the river when they miss a draw
- On the flop when they hit marginal top pairs
- Whenever you are supposed to bet and you don't bet (this one is a nightmare for me) for example vs missed cbet and vs missed turn cbet.
I am making profit, but i feel like in this kind of pots i'm not winning enough and i don't have a solid strategy.
POSTFLOP: Sizeing bigger with my value range and smaller with my bluff/semibluff range
With my hyper strong value range i'm having no big difficulties but when i have hands like TPTK or OVERPAIR i'm getting in so many weird spots.
Which brings me to the biggest doubt i have at the moment, and it's about cbetting vs huge ranges with this kind of hands.
Every time i ask myself:
Do i want to get value from lower pairs and draws? Yes
Do i want to collect dead money from his folding range? Yes
Do i want tho to create a big pot when i don't want to play a big pot? No
Do i want, through creating a big pot, to give implied odds to tons of card to be able to call me and get value on the river? No
Do i want to bet big? So that i get paid a lot by drawing hands and random hands they just call because they are calling stations? Yes
Do i want to bet big? So that i valueown my self vs all his 2 pairs (Calling so wide they have two pairs combos on basically every single board) and sets that are already in the range? No
PREFLOP And i'm not even sure if i want to bet more preflop like 4bb+ to put them at disadvantage because
- I'm giving informations about the strenght of my hand to regulars
- I'm forcing them to adjust by folding the weakest hands in their range, and to play back with a stronger range. Let's say i have KJo, i suppose i don't want J4o to fold right? Why would i force them to play just KJ+ when i could face a wider range?
At the moment what i started doing with my vulnerable hits on the flop is
- Keeping my preflop sizes small
- Cbetting smaller and fewer times and check calling more
- Value betting only when i'm sure i'm valuebetting
By doing this i'm actually keeping the pot smaller and being passive which gives me these advantages
- I have more room to bluffcatch since their PSBs are going to be 10-15bb big instead of 30+
- I get easily to the river and to the showdown, causing my range advantage to actually realize his equity no matter what when i call river
- I put them in the condition of having to fire multiple barrels if they really want to get a fold from me, and what i noticed is that they are completely incapable of running a multiple street bluff. When i encounter multiple barrels i'm almost always sure i don't have the best hand
This small adjustment is also causing on the other side a lot of free/cheap turns to be given, which is both painful when my hand is vulnerable, but helpful for the draw portion of my ranges.
My river call efficiency at the moment is 1.53 (i don't know if it's too low because i'm not practical, i just added it so that you can evaluate better).
Thanks a lot guys and have a good week! :)