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Chael Sonnen

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Really good stuff, thanks for the video

Nov. 15, 2018 | 10:14 a.m.

Good video, thanks for the kind words :)

Nov. 10, 2017 | 6:16 p.m.

Keep watching videos, don't play too many tables, could hire private coach and work with solvers.

Oct. 26, 2017 | 9:18 a.m.

You should check flop very often, even with this hand.
Once you bet a polarizing sizing OTF, there is no point in betting 1/2 pot on a blank turn.
River doesn't change a ton and your opponent will very often check back, so jam yourself.

Oct. 26, 2017 | 9:16 a.m.

Hi, I are you still active? I would like your help.

April 16, 2017 | 12:19 a.m.

April 14, 2017 | 11:27 a.m.

Mixed strategy, but more often than not we bet here. It's a board we can cbet 80%+.

Sept. 21, 2016 | 2:18 p.m.

Comment | Chael Sonnen commented on River bluff???

Better to block the J and/or the straight here, but this play is too fancy either way, against a big nit like Villian.
25% RFI is not super tight, so I'd 3bet here and try to steal a lot of pots from him post-flop, since he playing too weak.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:53 p.m.

You'd play AK/AQ as a bet OTR very often and you have good blockers and no showdown value.
Check some Jx OTT so we don't get crushed by river check-raises.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:51 p.m.

Comment | Chael Sonnen commented on NL25 87s

I'd mostly call this and maybe jam Ahigh + gutshots and hands like 65cc/T9cc etc.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:48 p.m.

Flop raise is a bit loose but it's okay vs 1/2 pot. OTT we don't have much other air to bluff with, so going for it is probably good but you need to bet smaller, as your value range changes significantly on the 4straight turn.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:46 p.m.

Calling vs that river size is good. He could even be betting QcQx for value and we have a very good hand.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:45 p.m.

We can cbet the flop a decent amount but that means we need to check more turns.
Most players probably under defend 7x bvb at your stakes and your Ace blocks a few Ahighs that call turn (although those are mostly big AT/AJ and NFD and you dont have the Ah).

As played, check-fold river. Not that much air in his range and make sure to check some Qx sometimes.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:40 p.m.

I'd be scared of an overpair here after the turn min-raise (he checked to wait for a safe turn), but your price is probably good enough. He occasionally has TT/9x and probably a decent amount of random air.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:37 p.m.

Ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish? Are you value 4betting with the intention of calling a shove? I assume not.
Are you bluff 4betting because your hand is too weak to call with. Definitely not.
Your hand seems like a strong hand to be flatting with.

OTF I think calling is fine most of the time, Villian should not cbet this board that often. If he does, raising makes more sense.
You can raise combo draws that cannot stand as much heat on high card runouts, or raise NFDs with a weaker kicker. This specific combo is best to call with, most of the time.

OTT I'd call again, as we are ahead of hands like T9/JT, some club draws. It is very unlikely he has a full house, so we have plenty of equity here. Also, we need some air hands on the river that we can shove all in with. If we only call value hands, we have no more bluffs OTR and we'd have to turn hands with high showdown value into a bluff, to maximize the EV of our nutted hands.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:35 p.m.

Flipping a coin while being a favourite against his range, with dead money in the pot isn't a bad thing. ;)

Probably JJ/AQs+, maybe TT/AQo+. Look at stats and his location.

Sept. 20, 2016 | 5:30 p.m.

Life's good, poker has been going well. I turned pro in Oktober 2014.
Mainly playing 500 zoom up to nosebleeds and feeling good about my grind.

Please don't bump this thread again, thanks.

June 30, 2016 | 2:41 p.m.

It's okay to fold every bluffcatcher if you think Villian is completely incapable of bluffing here.
Otherwise, I would call.
You very rarely have a flush here, since you can't have 54dd and you probably only float a couple of KQdd/KJdd combos that are not a flush and you might check-raise them sometimes.
Villian also should have very few flushes here, since he likely 3bets too polarized BVB, thus not having too many big cards and not enough suited hands. And those often would have bet the turn.
So you don't have a whole lot better than this and Villian could be bluffing with KK/QQ/AK/AQ with one diamond or just something random.

June 19, 2016 | 12:26 p.m.

I had the soul read that he was bluffing 100%, and he probably was, but then called anyway.

June 19, 2016 | 12:08 p.m.

Does it say 100, 200 or 300k?
And yes, you are still a nit. ;)

April 14, 2016 | 6:42 p.m.

March 17, 2016 | 4:15 p.m.


Feb. 12, 2016 | 11:31 p.m.

He could have a boat but he can also be overplaying Ax or a lower flush.
I think you mostly should be calling the turn.

Jan. 26, 2016 | 11:14 p.m.

Comment | Chael Sonnen commented on NL10 Fast - T9s

Very easy river call. Even at 10NL, players will 3bet JJ+ almost every time, and A3s is not a big concern.
Also, when you trap the turn, you are very near the top of your range, so you would be folding the river almost 100% if you fold here.
If he underbluffs, that is not a problem, but he has bluffs, and he can be value betting the same hand, and maybe even worse.

Jan. 26, 2016 | 11:12 p.m.

We should check-raise the flop sometimes, but calling most of your continuing range is standard.
The King is one of the worst cards for your range, since you have almost no Kx to call a 9.5/16 cbet with, other than KhXh and maybe KQdd sometimes, so we don't need a big raising range on this card.


Jan. 26, 2016 | 11:10 p.m.

Comment | Chael Sonnen commented on AK NL25

Call flop because your price is amazing and you need a couple of bluffing hands in your river range, otherwise he should never pay off hands like TT-QQ, 9x when you bet-call, which you would be doing with a bunch of overpairs.

Also, you could just have the best hand.

Jan. 26, 2016 | 11:03 p.m.

This is a bit spewy and unnecessary. When he cold calls a CO 3bet with no money invested, his range should be pretty strong, assuming he is not a fish.

I would mostly give up on the flop, as your hand has few backdoors potential to bluff with, and the A hits his range hard, and you won't get him to fold TT-AA to one bet.

Once he raises after you have made two strong moves and are entirely uncapped, you absolutely have to fold. His range is really strong, and this is one of the worst hands you have in this spot, so there is no need to play back.

Jan. 26, 2016 | 11:01 p.m.

Comment | Chael Sonnen commented on A7s on BTN vs SB

Be careful with betting flops too thinly where your opponent should have a lot of strong hands. This is not a hand that can go 3 streets without improving, so checking back most of the time is probably the way to go.

Turn call, he can be making some kind of info bet with worse or be bluffing with an oddly played draw.

River jam all in, though it's close. AQ/A9 are not a big concern. You are only losing to flop slowplays, and he most likely calls you with worse more often than with better, unless you have a read that he is tight and scared on rivers.

Don't be afraid to go for value, just because you could be beat. As long as you get called by worse more often than by better, it is correct.

Jan. 26, 2016 | 10:56 p.m.

Happy new year!

Jan. 1, 2016 | 1:03 p.m.

Some people just like big bottoms.

Nov. 29, 2015 | 4:46 p.m.

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