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Hand History | Hoothoot posted in NLHE: Straight facing a weird river check-raise
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $89.76 (Hero)
SB: $48.58
BB: $104.17
UTG: $52.40
MP: $194.53
CO: $59.08
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BN with 2 2
2 folds, CO raises to $1.25, Hero calls $1.25, 2 folds
Flop ($3.25) 5 3 4
CO checks, Hero bets $1.70, CO calls $1.70
Villain's flop call instead of c-bet usually indicates something like A-high with a BD draw, or maybe a small pair like 3x, 4x, or 5x that is seeking a cheap SD and doesn't want to bloat the pot OOP. I bet for equity denial/protection against his unpaired over-card type hands.
Turn ($6.65) 5 3 4 8
CO checks, Hero checks
River ($6.65) 5 3 4 8 6
CO checks, Hero bets $6.32, CO raises to $20.00
I make the idiot end of the straight, but it should be good most of the time vs the hands villain could have here. His c/r is really strange. He's saying he's got only 7x, but 75s is pretty much the only 7x combo he could have because 76s flopped the nuts and wouldn't triple check it (would he?), and 78s, 79s, and A7s aren't c/c'ing flop. I suppose it's possible that some bad players could play A2s this way, but I block that and they're unlikely to c/r it given this river anyway.

April 8, 2019 | 2:05 a.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in MTT: Facing river jam on wet board
Blinds: t100/t200 (9 Players) BB: 14,504 (Hero)
UTG: 11,202
UTG+1: 9,644
MP: 12,539
MP+1: 12,324
MP+2: 9,324
CO: 5,012
BN: 15,243
SB: 7,453
Preflop (300) Hero is BB with Q A
3 folds, MP+1 raises to 400, 4 folds, Hero raises to 1,200, MP+1 calls 800
Flop (2,680) 8 7 A
Hero bets 992, MP+1 calls 992
Turn (4,664) 8 7 A K
Hero bets 2,000, MP+1 calls 2,000
River (8,664) 8 7 A K J
Hero checks, MP+1 bets 8,112 and is all in

April 7, 2019 | 6:43 p.m.

The thing is that pre I'm getting a good price to continue IP (better than 2.5:1 I think) with a hand with good implied odds that will frequently flop equity.

April 1, 2019 | 12:46 a.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in NLHE: Trips in 3bet pot facing river donk jam
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $50.00 (Hero)
SB: $50.00
BB: $50.00
UTG: $65.72
MP: $125.69
CO: $50.00
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BN with J 9
UTG folds, MP raises to $1.00, CO folds, Hero raises to $3.75, 2 folds, MP raises to $9.50, Hero calls $5.75
Flop ($19.75) 7 A 9
MP checks, Hero bets $6.94, MP calls $6.94
A missed c-bet here means his range will be weighted to KK and QQ, plus the occasional AK, AA, and a few give-ups. So I'm turning my hand into a bluff here, targeting KK and QQ. I figure for balance sake I should bet small because that's what I would do with Ax vs a mostly capped range, and I can exert more pressure using bigger sizes on later streets if need be.
Turn ($33.63) 7 A 9 9
MP checks, Hero bets $11.82, MP calls $11.82
Gin turn, now I'm betting for value but still against what I perceive to be a KK, QQ type hand holding on for dear life, hence my small bet size.
River ($57.27) 7 A 9 9 8
MP bets $27.50
Suddenly it becomes clear that he doesn't have KK or QQ. I really don't think he has any bluffs here at all. As far as I can tell, he's got only AA (most likely, given his small 4bet pre) and flushes (mainly Ax hearts, maybe JThh, except I'd expect him to c-bet JThh so that's unlikely). I'm getting a fantastic price, like 4:1 I think, but I just don't think I beat a single hand he plays this way.

March 31, 2019 | 9:47 p.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in NLHE: Call down river in 3bet pot?
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $77.50
SB: $50.00
BB: $50.61
UTG: $115.22 (Hero)
MP: $50.00
CO: $77.31
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is UTG with 8 8
Hero raises to $1.50, 3 folds, SB raises to $5.00, BB folds, Hero calls $3.50
Flop ($10.50) T 6 T
SB bets $4.23, Hero calls $4.23
Turn ($18.96) T 6 T 3
SB bets $10.99, Hero calls $10.99
River ($40.94) T 6 T 3 K
SB bets $29.78 and is all in
So at this point I'm losing to all pairs, AK, and like AQcc and AJcc. The river K is awful for me and great for villain's range, except that AK should slow down here given that it has SD value and I have a lot more Tx than he does. That's the factor that makes this feel fishy to me. I'm getting better than 2:1 to call, but I really only beat AQ and AJs.

March 4, 2019 | 1:32 a.m.

I think the snap overbet is the biggest thing to consider here though. That is usually indicative of strength. It's tough for him to have worse trips than me since he overbet the turn as well. I suppose KT and T9s could do that, but not often. In other words, I'm looking to beat pure bluffs with which villain overbet twice.

Feb. 28, 2019 | 10:01 p.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in NLHE: Facing river overbet with trips, BvB
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $55.44
SB: $151.38
BB: $90.40 (Hero)
UTG: $55.36
MP: $56.59
CO: $55.50
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BB with T A
4 folds, SB raises to $1.50, Hero calls $1.00
Could 3bet here, but opted to flat IP given how deep we are.
Flop ($3.00) T Q J
SB checks, Hero checks
Turn ($3.00) T Q J 2
SB bets $4.00, Hero calls $4.00
Overbet is a bit worrisome, but still calling since I have a draw, and can't fold to a single c-bet.
River ($11.00) T Q J 2 T
SB bets $14.00
Villain SNAP overbets. Tough spot because on the one hand I block broadway and some FHs, but on the other hand I also block the bricked nut FD. It feels like villain is trying to ram through value with something like QQ, JJ, or maybe AK. The fact that he snap overbet makes me lean toward a fold. Thoughts?

Feb. 27, 2019 | 4:30 p.m.

Great video Ryan. A few questions:

  1. Your results for MTT and both SNG formats appear to show that you play way more hands from EP and even the SB than you do from LP, which is pretty counter-intuitive at first glance. I can only imagine it's because you make a special effort to defend your blinds given the price you're getting, and for EP because you get to open hands more often whereas in LP you're forced to fold a lot because of people opening ahead of you. Am I correct in those assumptions? Sometimes I think I'm playing too tight from EP when I play in both MTTs and in 6max of either SNGs or cash games. Any pointers you might have here would be great, in terms of the EP opening ranges you use.

  2. In regard to your checklist, could you clarify what "DATA POINTS!" means? And also clarify what you're talking about in the two bullets that mention off-suit portions of villain's ranges.

Thanks very much!

Feb. 23, 2019 | 7:13 p.m.

Haha well I've succeeded in starting a debate, that's for sure. As for the other part, I'm yet to hear a compelling counter-argument to my reasoning, which has only reinforced my belief that I made the right decision. So far I've heard two criticisms that I can easily refute.

  1. Villain could have KQ.
    Response: Equal combos as KK, and a less plausible line.

  2. My fold is exploitable.
    Response: I agree that it is, but that alone doesn't necessitate calling. Villain doesn't know what I'm folding, so there's very little chance for him to exploit me in the future.

Aug. 30, 2018 | 3:39 a.m.

Yes it's an exploitable fold for sure. But it seems to be a timely deviation from balanced play given my reasoning above. It's an exceptional circumstance to be folding the near-top of my range.

Aug. 30, 2018 | 2:59 a.m.

There are 3 combos each of KQ and KK. Since he's always 3betting KK and only sometimes 3betting KQ, KK is clearly the more likely. Add in 1 combo of an oddly-played AA, and this becomes a clear fold.

Aug. 30, 2018 | 12:53 a.m.

Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $71.49 (Hero)
SB: $122.76
BB: $50.00
UTG: $50.00
MP: $51.42
CO: $98.90
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BN with Q A
UTG folds, MP raises to $1.00, CO raises to $3.50, Hero calls $3.50, 2 folds, MP calls $2.50
Flop ($11.25) 2 A Q
MP checks, CO checks, Hero bets $3.96, MP folds, CO calls $3.96
Turn ($19.17) 2 A Q Q
CO checks, Hero bets $10.02, CO calls $10.02
River ($39.21) 2 A Q Q K
CO bets $81.42 and is all in

Aug. 29, 2018 | 10:34 p.m.

Ah, true. I always forget the formula, I thought it was: bet/(bet+pot) but it's actually bet/(2xbet+pot). So 119/([2x119]+67) = 0.39. 39% equity needed to call.

Aug. 22, 2018 | 3:20 a.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in NLHE: Over-pair facing massive river over-bet
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $152.15 (Hero)
SB: $57.61
BB: $210.00
UTG: $14.93
MP: $50.00
CO: $246.35
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BN with K K
3 folds, Hero raises to $1.25, SB folds, BB calls $0.75
Flop ($2.75) 7 Q 2
BB checks, Hero bets $1.75, BB raises to $7.50, Hero calls $5.75
Turn ($17.75) 7 Q 2 5
BB bets $24.50, Hero calls $24.50
River ($66.75) 7 Q 2 5 T
BB bets $176.75 and is all in

Aug. 21, 2018 | 2:34 a.m.

I noticed that on the 100NL table @ 31:10 you completed from SB with a weak hand vs a fishy player, reasoning that he'd likely let you see a high % of flops for free. Makes sense, and presumably people are better at defending their BB at that stake, but generally in Zoom isn't it better to steal instead of complete since players will fold their weak hands more often, knowing that they can just move onto the next hand instantly? A Zoom-specific adjustment, in other words.

Aug. 9, 2018 | 1:30 a.m.

Yeah I realized that he's going to have fewer traps here than I had first suspected because he won't want to risk me checking down Qx, 88-JJ vs his value hands. So I should def be bluffing here more often than not. The only counterpoint that remains is that the SPR is tiny so he might hero call river with any weak made hands he was bluffing with since he's getting a great price.

Thanks for your comment, it confirms my retrospective thinking on this.

July 30, 2018 | 11:16 p.m.

Thanks for weighing in James. I get that I can select a lot of stronger SCs to try this with pre, and maybe I should lean away from trying this when I don't close the action. However, the BTN appeared to be a fish based on his stack size, and I didn't anticipate a squeeze after he had just flatted my initial open.

July 24, 2018 | 9:48 p.m.

Thanks for your input Ben. It was a puzzler, that's for sure, especially since it was vs an unknown playing Zoom (which in my mind makes his squeeze and barrels stronger).

July 24, 2018 | 9:45 p.m.

Fwiw I had a double gutter to the nuts (2 or 6), plus the FD on the turn. I presume you say my implied odds suck because we're <100 eff, but otherwise I'd say my implied odds are good given his huge range advantage here. And yeah the fact he checked with so little left behind felt like a trap all day long. Which is why I was so baffled/furious when I checked it down and lost to his 9d8d lol.

July 24, 2018 | 9:42 p.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in NLHE: Bluff this river in suicidal spot?
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $38.40
SB: $51.04
BB: $44.73
UTG: $31.88
MP: $37.93
CO: $50.00 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is CO with 5 4
2 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, BN calls $1.50, SB folds, BB raises to $4.50, Hero calls $3.00, BN calls $3.00
Flop ($13.75) 3 A 7
BB bets $6.53, Hero calls $6.53, BN calls $6.53
Turn ($33.34) 3 A 7 Q
BB bets $15.84, Hero calls $15.84, BN folds
River ($65.02) 3 A 7 Q A
BB checks, Hero

July 24, 2018 | 2:53 a.m.

When you're constructing your 3bet range from BB vs CO open around the 14min mark, you appear to be choosing absolute napkins (ex. 72s, 73s, 63o, 34o, 45o) as your bluffs. But if you are 3betting those hands, are you ever folding? I don't get why you wouldn't fold those rock bottom hands, and get your ~8% of bluffs using some hands with better playability. Maybe you're thinking that choosing hands like 89s, 75s, T6s etc. make better calls and/or are more likely to be dominated by his 3bet flatting range IP, but still 72s etc. just seems ridiculous. Please help me understand.

April 4, 2017 | 1:01 a.m.

PokerStars Zoom Hand #162061621856: Omaha Pot Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2016/11/27 17:16:10 ET
Table 'Thyestes' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: jokeizitos ($26.50 in chips)
Seat 2: Qraven ($102.21 in chips)
Seat 3: wlcm2hell ($45.83 in chips)
Seat 4: paddyplo ($71.56 in chips)
Seat 5: Syler18 ($21.20 in chips)
Seat 6: natume26 ($25 in chips)
Qraven: posts small blind $0.10
wlcm2hell: posts big blind $0.25
Dealt to wlcm2hell [Js Ts 3h Ks]
paddyplo: folds
Syler18: folds
natume26: folds
jokeizitos: raises $0.37 to $0.62
Qraven: folds
wlcm2hell: calls $0.37
FLOP [9s 2s Qc]
wlcm2hell: checks
jokeizitos: bets $0.92
wlcm2hell: raises $3.12 to $4.04
jokeizitos: calls $3.12
TURN [9s 2s Qc] [4d]
wlcm2hell: bets $9.02
jokeizitos: calls $9.02
RIVER * [9s 2s Qc 4d] [2c]


I'm ambivalent about what to do here. On the one hand, I would expect villain to raise flop or turn with a set or 2-pair on the flop or turn, and the fact that I'm c/r'ing then barreling means that I'm far more likely than him to have made a boat on the river. That's the argument for going for it here. But since I've got a wrap and a FD, he's less likely to also be drawing, and is more likely to have a made hand here. It's generally bad to bluff while blocking the weakest hands in villain's possible range (aka bricked draws). So I need some advice here. Thanks

Nov. 27, 2016 | 10:52 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2016 | 5:19 p.m.

Around 31 mins the hand with 44 on KK656, if I understood right you advocated following through with a bluff on a 6 or 5 river if we choose to lead turn. But in my experience players who check back Ax hands on these dry boards -- especially the stronger ones like the AJ villain had there -- are actually more reluctant to fold on double paired boards, presumably because double paired board reduces the combos of value hands we can have and counterfeits some of our pairs, like what happened in this case. You mention yourself that we have next to no fold equity there. I'm just not sold on the fact that bluffing that river will be profitable, even after a turn bet. The only exception would be if we bet fairly large on both streets to rep Ks full I guess.

July 31, 2015 | 9:18 p.m.

So this is a concept that I struggle with because on the one hand when the blinds are big and there are antes we want to be stealing as often as possible, but with short stacks behind us left to act it makes it tough to open with small PPs and weak Ax hands, especially from EP, because it sucks to call off 10-15bb jams with those hands because we're flipping at best. I'm not really sure what an opening range should look like in this sort of situation, especially from EP. Is it optimal to muck 22-44, A2-A7 (suited and offsuit) from EP, for example, when you're afraid of rejams? This question becomes even more difficult for me when I'm playing a 20-30bb stack myself.

July 31, 2015 | 6:20 p.m.

That's just being results orientated. I've got both players in equity jail on the flop because there aren't any draws at all. What are they going to call me with? I've got 3/4 Aces. Even vs a wrap on the turn I'm a sizable favourite.

July 31, 2015 | 6:11 p.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in Chatter: Doesn't get much worse than this....
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $9.60
SB: $12.57
BB: $12.45
UTG: $34.77
MP: $26.34 (Hero)
CO: $10.46
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is MP with A Q A T
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.35, 2 folds, SB raises to $1.15, BB calls $1.05, Hero raises to $4.60, SB calls $3.45, BB calls $3.45
Flop ($13.80) 9 A 4
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks
Turn ($13.80) 9 A 4 K
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $4.00, SB calls $4.00, BB folds
River ($21.80) 9 A 4 K K
SB bets $3.97 and is all in, Hero calls $3.97
SB shows KsTsKh9c
Final Pot MP lost and shows a full house, Aces full of Kings.
SB wins and shows four of a kind, Kings.
SB wins $28.48
Rake is $1.26

July 28, 2015 | 7:40 p.m.

Hand History | Hoothoot posted in Chatter: Ugh....
Blinds: $0.08/$0.16 (6 Players) BN: $34.65
SB: $20.02
BB: $57.75 (Hero)
UTG: $34.50
MP: $16.24
CO: $19.00
Preflop ($0.24) Hero is BB with T 9
4 folds, SB raises to $0.48, Hero calls $0.32
Flop ($0.96) 9 7 T
SB bets $0.61, Hero raises to $1.92, SB raises to $4.72, Hero raises to $57.27 and is all in, SB calls $14.82 and is all in
Turn ($77.77) 9 7 T 7
River ($77.77) 9 7 T 7 4
SB shows Td7c
Final Pot SB wins and shows a full house, Sevens full of Tens.
SB wins $38.54
Rake is $1.50

June 30, 2015 | 4:04 a.m.

I haven't been able to post hand histories for months now, and these are straight from Pokerstars. It says insert raw HH and that's what I'm doing, but then it tells me it's an "invalid hand". I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

June 13, 2015 | 8:27 p.m.

Congrats Sam! First bracelet right?

June 12, 2015 | 4:40 p.m.

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