lIlCitanul, how are you exploiting this spot when they check? By Bluffing a lot? I think that would not be correct against the fish in this spot. There will be too much calling. I think what you mean, is to value bet thinner here. The reason is that villain will not be raising us often because as you said he donked the very strong part of his range. Am I thinking correctly about this?
May 28, 2020 | 11:51 a.m.
I was raising for value. I thought that he would be weak here but it seems that this is wrong. RaoulFlush, if he donked the river with his whole remaining stack which is $1.05 in a pot of $0.98 pot, would you call here? The river completes a straight of 87 and also 2pair combinations which are stronger than ours and also a set(if he called with 44 for 2 streets). I don't feel very confident about calling if he donked all in on the river. I would fold personally. Am I thinking correctly?
May 28, 2020 | 8:54 a.m.
BB: $2.18 (Hero)
May 27, 2020 | 5:25 p.m.
6max -NL2. CO open limps who is a fish with stats of 37/9. BTN who is a reg raises to 4BB, SB who is a reg folds and we're at the BB. How much to defend here? Should it be more or less vs the case where BTN open raises in BTN with no fish open limping behind
and we're at BB with SB(reg) having folded.
I personally defend more here than when BTN just open raises because there is the fish who most likely is going to call and thus I want to get in this pot in order to play with him.
May 21, 2020 | 7:26 a.m.
NL2 - 6max. The table has 2 regulars in the blinds and a whale with stats 85/10 in the BTN. We're at the CO. Normally if the rest of the players were regulars here, I'd open about 28% of hands with 2.5x sizing. What about this spot though? Should we widen our range because of the whale? I think that this player is going to call here almost always which then is going to increase drastically the chances of multiway pots. What should our strategy be and what about our sizing?
May 14, 2020 | 5:48 p.m.
In Grinder's manual, Peter says we should open from CO about 25.5% of hands with 2.5x sizing(He says though that the more experienced players can open wider). When there is a fish in the blinds and there aren't aggressive 3bettors ahead, he suggests to open about 37.5% of hands. Now, in my own example, how much wider should we open? I know that the % is lower than 37.5% since we don't have position vs the fish. How much wider than our defeault range should this one be though? Also we don't have any info vs the fish regarding what type of fish they are, so I guess we can't open too wide because he might be one of those fishes which doesn't like to fold postflop and thus if this is true, hands which rely on fold equity won't perform well vs the fish.
May 12, 2020 | 5:36 p.m.
NL2 - 6max game. UTG and HJ fold. We're in the CO. BB and SB are regs. However BTN is a fish which we don't know yet what type of fish he is. In this spot if BTN, SB, BB were regs, we'd open around 25% of hands or maybe a bit more. In this case with the fish, what should we open though? Should we open wider? I know that if fish was in the blinds then that means we should open wider(I read this in Grinder's manual). What about this spot though?
May 12, 2020 | 4:46 p.m.
How much tighter is the range going to be though? Could you give some examples? Let's say that we're in a 6max game and the HJ open limps. We're at the CO. What is your RFI range for the CO, and also what is your iso range for this spot? We have no info on what type of fish villain is.
May 12, 2020 | 4:33 p.m.
I can'd understand what you are saying. How is rake going to impact me in a way that opening 2x isn't profitable? Is it because, if I open 2.5x I'm going to get more folds on average vs opening 2x? When the hand finishes preflop, then that means that no rake is taken from PokerStars. Since with 2.5x sizing I'll be getting more folds preflop, then that means that I'll be avoiding rake more times on average. Is this what you mean?
May 12, 2020 | 4:25 p.m.
If we know after a few hands with someone, that they are fish, then what type of fish should we assume that they are? In Grinder's manual by Peter Clarke, he says that there are 4 types of fish: Fit and fold fish, Station fish, aggro fish and whale. Now in my own example, we just saw our opponent give some signs that he's a fish, but we don't have any enough HUD stats in order to tell if they are folding a lot when they limp vs an iso, or if they are folding a lot on the flop(also not enough stats for if they are an aggro fish). So clearly here, we can't know if we have fold equity against them so we can iso them with a wide range. So how should we proceed here? I am asking this question for NL2 since that's where I am playing.
I think that in a situation where we see someone is a fish but don't know what type of fish, we should take a strategy which is going to be between one we would use vs a station fish and one vs a fit and fold fish, meaning that our iso range will be tighter than the one we would use if we were sure that villain was a fit and fold fish and also our range will be looser than the one we would use if we were sure that villain was a station fish. What are your thoughts? I don't think that whales or aggro fish are common. However, if our opponent happens to be a whale then that's good. We can still iso with a wide range. That's what the book says.
May 11, 2020 | 8:15 a.m.
Thank you for answering! I don't know what to do for BTN sizing. In Grinder's manual it says this:
''I'm going to recommend that vs Regs, Nits, semi-Nits, and anyone in between, Hero uses a 2x opening strategy unless he gains the read that one of the Regs in the blinds flats a lot (Nits won't do this by definition). Against Fish in the blinds or the more flat-happy type of Reg, Hero can revert to 2.5x, 3x or even more, depending on the severity of the caller and their post-flop tendencies.''
He also says: ''With just two players to act, fold equity is now huge. This means that sizing can be reduced to 2x to enhance the steal price further, especially vs Villain's who aren't flatting very much out of the blinds. Hero will have an easy time reaching his required folds target with many hands on many tables, for this enhanced price.''
The book was written in 2016 I think, so maybe some things have changed in the Microstakes since then. I'd like to listen your opinion about this. You say that about 45% is the GTO open % for BTN 2.5x. So if I decide to stay at 2x sizing, should I go higher than my current 49%? I think that GTO will have about 50% opening range with smaller sizing at this spot. I'm not sure about this though. So since we don't play vs opponents who their strategy is close to GTO, should I go to 55-60% opening range?
May 9, 2020 | 4:31 p.m.
Do these opening ranges seem decent for NL2 6max? They are for UTG, HJ, CO and BTN. My sizings are 3x for UTG and HJ. 2.5x for CO. And 2x for BTN. Of course there are dynamic ranges that I use as well based on other factors that I read in Grinder's manual, but for now I am just posting my default ranges for when there isn't any data on opponents. What do you think about my ranges? What changes should I make?
I created looser ranges from what Grinder's manual suggests, since I already have some experience. I won for about 8bb at NL2 at about 70-80k hands in 2019, but stopped playing since then. The book says that the more experienced players can use looser ranges.
Also, what range should I open for the SB? I know that it depends based on who the villain in the BB is. However, if we villain is unknown, what should our default range be?
May 9, 2020 | 2:27 p.m.
Thanks for the answer! If I see someone 3bet a garbage hand like 85o at the BTN vs CO open, should I conclude that he's light 3betting too much? We don't have any HUD stats on him and there are no any other signs that he's a weaker player. He could do that just for one rare time and never do this again(maybe because he's tilting or whatever). In the long run he may be light 3betting only the correct hands so he shouldn't be exploitable. Or should I make the conclusion that he light 3bets too much and in general also playing too many hands(maybe he's an aggro fish)? I don't know the answer to this. I personally if I see someone do sth like this, I label them as a fish. I am thinking that it's correct that sometimes he'll be a good player that is 3betting 85o some very rare times. But I think that this cenario maybe happens 5% of the time or sth like this. The other 95% of the time he's a fish and therefore it's ok to label him like that. Am I thinking correctly? Should I apply the same thinking proccess in any showdown hand I see from my opponents instead of bothering about those rare times?
Feb. 22, 2020 | 1:27 p.m.
If let's say that the real VPIP of someone is 50% and we have just 20 hands on him, how to know on a confidence interval of 68% or 95% or whatever, what the differences are going to be from his real VPIP? I want to understand what a good sample size is for using to make educated guesses on our opponents.
I was watching this very interesting video which talks about this stuff, but doesn't talk on how to calculate this yourself for any sample size or other VPIP percentages. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbQ9Jlj9bOE
I want to be able to calculate this stuff in any confidence interval I want with any sample size or VPIP. Could you tell me any videos or articles which I can use to learn this stuff? I searched but everything seems very confusing...