This is NL2. I'm not sure about the range of vilain Hawkswin choose here. Either vilain is a NL2 and he will 3bet AKo, QQ and A5s-A2s all the time. Also He'll call is broadway 100%. I agree with Phrikshin finally our rangehave nuts but a bunch of garbage too K5s, A8o... While vilain have a more compact range. Plus he can call 1 street with an underpair like 99-TT.
Either vilain is a super fish and we can bet 2 street and make him fold
Feb. 16, 2020 | 1:13 p.m.
What are vilain stats of agression factory and how many hands do you habe on him?
Preflop is ok
Flop chexking is good. Maybe if vilain is passive we could bet flr protection. His range is very wide = weak. He can't defend a lot here. Giving a free card to JT or K9 is a problem since vilain is IP and can bluff us or hit one of his cards
Turn the call seems good but in fact, every time I call that kind of spot I lose. When vilain goes all in, 95% of the time it's for value. Plus his PFR is not that high. In game I would call but I must learn that this line = value
Feb. 16, 2020 | 12:47 a.m.
You opened MP and yet CO calls... You must be careful here. BB's range is looser
Flop I wouldn't bet here. We're oop versus a strong range (CO). I don't expect a K to call and there is no worse A in CO's range. I would bet my best A (AK AQ AJ) and some draws like gutshot.
Turn we chop against every Ace. Not sure sf betting is the best option
River we're overplaying our hand. We should X here. I can't see the value
I suppose vilain in CO in a NL2 reg... If vilain is a calling station then it's a different story
Feb. 16, 2020 | 12:25 a.m.
I'm trying to think range instead of thinking with my hand. I'm on my way, slowly. But I'm stuck when it comes to choose a sizing
Sometimes I know that vilain's range is strong, so I won't bluff or rarely. And I go big. I choose some combo to stick to a value/bluff ratio that's correct.
When vilain's range is weaker, I'm lost. When he has a weak range, I'm thinking "go big his range hisso weak he'll fold a lot" but after "well his range won't call enough, better have a good risk reward" and my timebank is gone... My range is an important thing to have in mind when you choose a sizing. When my range is weak a bet bigger since vilain won't believe me and can call to see my hand (bluffcatch). I don't bet pot because my range can't support it. When my range is stronger a bet small since vilain doesn't have to call that often.
How do you deal with that question?
(I know we can overbet when vilain is capped. I'm talking about more standard spots here)
Good luck players!
Jan. 25, 2020 | 9:16 p.m.
Here the thing, We need to do this very well or we'll lose a lot of chips. The EV we gain by splitting our range will be crushed by the Ev we'll lose by betting the wrong hand with the wrong sizing. And I don't know where do I begin...
Oct. 13, 2019 | 9:22 p.m.
I have troubles with the concept of bet sizing.
Let's imagine we're playing a reg. If I bet 1/3 with hand like top pair weak kicker and pot with trip^s for example, I'm capping my range and vilain can exploit that. I mean betting small with my weaker value hand seems incredibly easy to counter for vilain. And balance my weaker value hand with some nuts would 1) leave my heavy value range weaker and 2) I don't have that many strong hand to compensate and I'll have to split my nuts. I think it's useless since my nuts will represent a very poor fraction of ma weaker value range (10% of nuts doesn't protect a range)
I fell like I'm missing something. Does anybody wants to share their opinion?
Oct. 7, 2019 | 2:16 a.m.
Well, vilains are calling station generally. They wouldn't fold an overpair. That said I think we have the odd because our hand is better sometimes and we have some outs so... I'd rather call but raise seems to be ok too
May 4, 2019 | 9:29 p.m.
Weird but well as played fold is the best option.
I would check back river since if vilain is bluffing he would fold and if he wasn't we're crushed. He can have TT or JJ but that's few hands et I would to bet smaller to value them
May 4, 2019 | 4:04 p.m.
The board is very wet and you have a nuts advantage here. Even 2 pairs would be a bluff catcher for vilain sometimes. I would bet larger (3/4 or pot). And I will bluff my backdoor flush like 98,87. Few bluff since I expect vilain to overcall here. No bluff at all ca be fine I think
May 4, 2019 | 10:34 a.m.
In general, It's difficult to bluff a FD that miss I think. And in NL10 vilain will rarely fold an overpair on that board. You can have T9 on 2 pairs but they won't fold so I won't bluff river. GU and next hand.
Raising flop is an idea but you have to pick your bluff since you won't have that much nuts here. I won't pick KTc because hitting a pair will often be good. I'd rather bluff some weak hand like GS (T9dd,JTdd; T9cc, JTcc) and some offsuit with 1 club (AcX, KcX)
May 3, 2019 | 8:39 p.m.
Vilain is tight. How far we can't tell but he is. It's NL5. How often do you see a vilain double barrel bluff in a 3bet pot? I'd rather over fold here et give up turn. I still can change my opinion on him later. The board is ultra dry, no draw and he 3bet early... I would fold here
May 3, 2019 | 5:08 p.m.
I try and to be honest it work. The thing is I can't keep doing it because I'm always thinking "What if I'm wrong? How can you say that you're right to fold here?" And I hate it when I fold and a friend tell me "You can't fold here you'll fold too much" and I don't know what to respond. I play with my feeling but I don't trust them I'd rather have theoritical tools
Sept. 24, 2018 | 7:29 p.m.
I'm working on my game and even if it doesn't payback, I'm trying to go higher. I'm a micro stake player and I try to undestand some theoric NLHE aspect. Here's one that I have trouble to get:
If vilain bet half pot, I need to win 25% of the time (That's easy). I need to defend 66%of my range. And that's where I'm lost. I'm a calling station, I know it. I try to fold more. But how? I can't say because I don't see the point of defending 66% if vilain bet only 15% of his range or if he bets 80% of his range but those 80% are nuts! I'm calling to defend enough but it's ev- since some vilain bluff less than I thought. I know that's numbers and I need to focus on spots but I need hints to starts to work on those spots. Also, to denfend enough, I started to check some value hand to protect my checking range and I had to stop when my cbet frequency dropped to 43%... I think I'm close to undeerstand those numbers are related but I miss something
Sept. 24, 2018 | 2:11 p.m.
First, congrats for the initiative, you've got the spirit ;)
I think you don't need GTO+ yet. It's a wonderful tool but at the beggining we need to understand basic theory and learn to play a solid poker. GTO+ will come after
Here you decide to 3bet AQs vs MP and I would recommend you to just call unless you have some read on vilain.
Why do you 3bet here? Bluff? I don't see many hand that vilain would fold in his open raise range. And we know you can't 3bet for value because once he call we just have 50% in an optimistic scenario. I think call here is more profitable than 3bet. And when he 4bet we,re behind. At this stake, there's few 4 bluff Oop and his value range crushes our range. You have to fold here and it's horrible to fold AQs you're waisting a lot of equity
Flop I wonder if vilain would bet AK after you called his 4 bet... And the worst part it's if he does we're still behind! It's an absolut fold flop.
Aug. 2, 2018 | 2:33 p.m.
I'm not sur about raise flop. I mean that flop, vilain,s range is way stronger than ours. We don't have KK or AA. We have AK and nothing better. Plus we won't bluff here with a FD since we would be called too often (vilain will call AA, KK, AK and his FD)
AP Fold it's my policy when I don't know vilain. Usually they won't bluff river or 3 barrels bluff and in fastpoker they bluff less often. And the 4 river doesn't change the board
But I'll call if I feel that vilain is a reg. We block AA-KK, I don't see much T in his 3bet range, the flushdraw misses and we don't block it...
Aug. 1, 2018 | 9:09 p.m.
Preflop everything is ok
Flop: I would bet higher. The flop is very wet and your against 2 player. I would bet 80% .
I would call his raise. You loose against QJ (16 combos) and JJ (3 combos). BB could have some bluff so I'm ok to call but BB is check raising in a 3 way pot... And at this limit there isn't that many bluff. Turn it stinks (we say it in France). River you should fold. You don't have infos, and like I said, in general vilains underbluffs the rivers. QJo is the my best guess and I'm not sure vilain will bluff even if in that limit I saw everything!
Aug. 1, 2018 | 5:40 p.m.
Blockquote QQ+,AQs,KJs+,AcJc,QcJc,AQo,KJo+, being optmistic if he calls with QQ and KQ, we have 47.06% OTR, but if he calls with his AK we have 57%
I think you're being too optimistic. You called a 3bet preflop, called flop et raised the turn. If you shove river, there's no way he call AJ or KQ. The flush and the straight came in. QQ would fold too.
XC would be better if you think vilain can bluff or value cutting himself (which I doubt)
July 31, 2018 | 3:35 p.m.
I'm ok with preflop and flop. Turn you can bet but I won't be shocked if you won't. If vilain doesn't fold enough XF it's a good option. River we can't check call since the flush hit. Vilain won't bet less than full, flush or set. I can't believe he would bet AQ even with a spade. He flat a 3bet and called 2 streets. If he bets river it means that he's strong. I can't see bluff here or value cut (JJ-QQ). Raise is a less horrible option but the best move is to fold here.
"Given that, I think we need to have flushes in our check-range"
I agree . This spot should not be a 3 barrel. You only have flushes (not that much since the ace of spade came out) and 3 combos of AA for value. You could bet them and GUP your bluff since vilain would call them very often.. Lets try an other line: the hand you'll value will be the same that will bet and value thin. I'm ready to try an XR line
XR my flushes, full and balance my range with hands that blocks his flushes like AK-AQ with a spade, KK-QQ with a spade
July 28, 2018 | 9:47 p.m.
I think flat 67s preflop is a good idea if you assume that vilain is too loose preflop and make mistakes postflop. Flop you can't fold I mean if you fold here why did you come here in the first place? He bets pot and it can be scary (I put him in 99+ and honestly they often has overpairs) but he does have some hand like A high, K high. Like they said, turn you're in position and the turn card will tell you what to do: fold or raise if vilain is to aggressive.
July 28, 2018 | 8:11 p.m.
Okay I've lost that war you were my last chance" (in fact, plenty of friends told me that but I was fighting them until my last breathe and you just took it)
The thing is I don't know how to do this. I always overthink. I mean I have to play "simple" (compare to a NL100 regular) but how can I know that vilain has not figured out how I was playing, why I'm doing this etc? In videos, they go deeper in strategy and I don't know when to assume that is a concept I need or that's will come later. I have some theory basics but in pratic dude I suck as hell. I'm stuck in those micro stakes for so long because I can't adjust my play. Plus it's boring, Always do the same move but don't know if they're good, bad, unlucky that time, bad against that type of vilain. I'm lost
I save my time and play instead of doing that to begin with. Thanks guys. The basketball comparaison got me
May 1, 2018 | 6:16 p.m.
Hi "pokeriste" friends (yes, that's french)
I'v learned that we have to defend X% to be unexploitable, to Cbet or bet or check-raise vilain to exploit him etc. But I have some trouble when I review or when I create my range:
Imagine i'm Button, vilain is BB in a SRP. Here comes the flop: T25r
I don't want to Cbet all my overpair because I want protect my turn range. Even if I know vilain is going to fold very often, I wanna be able to represent a strong and turn sometimes.
This goes when you have a flush draw etc
For now, I split my hands: 70%-30% (I'll check 30% of my overpair on T25r) or for strong draws I split 50-50 (or 70-30 it depends). The thing is I already split my preflop range (Cold call AA sometimes) so on turns et rivers, I only have few strong hand (AA-QQ 12 combos preflop, 4 when I check the flop....)
A friend told me I was crazy to do that thing in NL4 (against reg ONLY but still). I'm sure that can't be awful I mean I'm harder to play and less predictible. Plus regs are not use to that type of play
Do you apply that kind of play? How low can you fall (15?25%?)
If you don't how do you balance your range? I'm not looking for answers: "yes it's good!" "No you shouldn't" I really want to have discussion. I may be wrong but I wanna know why,etc (Isn't the strategy part that we love in that game?)
April 30, 2018 | 5:25 p.m.
CO: $4.00 (Hero)