BB: 15,253 (Hero)
July 28, 2019 | 7:01 p.m.
devwil "Obviously, the drier the flop the smaller I bet; ditto if I'm at a range disadvantage."
This is something that confuses me because I feel like I've learned contradicting things about it. On the one hand it seems logical, as you say, to bet smaller when at a range disadvantage simply because we're exploitable if we routinely put too much money in the pot with weak hands. The corollary of course being to bet larger on boards where we have the range advantage.
On the other hand, how will we get value if we're sizing up with a range advantage? Like say in NLHE if CO opens, we 3-bet from SB and CO flats IP, and the flop is A74r, we have the clear range advantage. But I feel like in this situation we need only bet small (hence the popular strategy of c-betting 1/3 or 1/4 pot) because our range advantage compensates for our small bet size and allows us to win the pot very often. Unless we're against a calling station, why would we ever blast it there?
July 18, 2019 | 4:53 p.m.
Blinds 100/200, no ante
UTG+2: covers (I think he had no more than the starting stack of 20k)
UTG calls 200, UTG+2 calls 200, folded around to Hero in SB with 8c8s who raises to 1500, fold, fold, UTG+2 calls 1500. (Pot: 3200)
Hero bets 1500, UTG+2 raises (quickly) to 5k. Hero?
No reads on villain, only 2 hours into tournament. He's a 30-something white guy who's mostly limped when VP$IPing but sometimes opens to like 4x.
July 13, 2019 | 10:16 p.m.
I realize I'm bumping an old thread but here I go. In the 65s hand, it seems to me that we're horribly imbalanced towards bluffs in the range PIO advocates x/r'ing. For value we have 65s, A5s, and 55. That's only 7 combos of value. But then we're raising many of our 7x, gutshots, medium PPs, and even a few A- and K-high hands. Vs a range like that, villain should just ship all his hands 99+ and AJ+, forcing us to either call off crushed or fold a ton of equity.
July 10, 2019 | 4:22 a.m.
SB: $58.35 (Hero)
July 9, 2019 | 1:39 a.m.
BN: $80.33 (Hero)
CO wins $39.75
Rake is $2.00
July 4, 2019 | 4:04 a.m.
I understand that as OOP 3-better we're betting more often on dry boards and checking/betting polarized on FD boards since IP caller has more suited combos than we do. What I don't understand is why we're overwhelmingly checking the Axx boards that have a FD. Wouldn't we be giving IP a free card when we have a range advantage, and letting villain realize his equity?
My confusion extends to boards like T9x and JTx, which I would assume is better for IP's range and thus demands more checking from OOP, but if I'm not mistaken I see quite the opposite in your chart.
July 3, 2019 | 12:14 a.m.
When you are calculating 1-A in order to determine what portion of your range you must defend against a bet, do you reevaluate the calculation on every street? Or is it for your starting range for the whole hand? As an example, here's a hand I played where this came into question.
I open 77 from CO, BB 3-bets, I flat IP.
Flop: T83r, he bets 1/4 pot, I call. (Need to defend ~80%)
Turn: 8s, he bets 2/3 pot, I call. (Need to defend ~60%)
River: Qh, he jams for a pot-sized bet. Hero? (Need to defend ~50%)
So in other words, since my calling range becomes progressively winnowed down (eg. I lose bottom 20% of my range on the flop), I am calling turn with the remaining 60% of my range, and calling river with the next remaining 50%, correct? (Which is to say, much less than 60% and 50% of my preflop 3-bet flatting range.)
June 29, 2019 | 6:34 p.m.
If you had bricked the turn on that very first hand with T8cc, would you check or bet again? And if you check and he bets, how do you proceed with such a monster draw against various sizings?
Also, in the very last hand with KJss, how would you react if villain had checked the river instead of jamming? I personally struggle with spots where I need to bluff to win vs his A-high hands and random underpair bluffs, but that I feel might be pretty transparent and that villain is likely to bluffcatch fairly often, so I feel cornered into making a suicidal bluff myself.
June 29, 2019 | 12:28 a.m.
In the KK hand beginning at about 34:20, how would you play a value hand like AK or Ax suited (if you ever use those as 4-bet bluffs) that has become two-pair or the wheel straight? For the sake of balance I'm guessing you have to check all or most of those on turn and river in order to protect the times you have KK or QQ like in this situation. I was going to say that the only value hand I can imagine betting river with is like TT because it unblocks villain's Ax hands, except I don't think we're 4-betting TT pre.
June 26, 2019 | 4:14 p.m.
Thanks to both of you for your feedback. Upon further reflection I think the best line is actually to check turn. Much of his range apart from Qx and sets will check back and give me a free river, which if I brick I can think about bluffing vs a capped range. If he bets I can call getting a terrific price. I think my lack of SD value is actually less damaging than I first thought. It's my lack of fold equity that really makes betting a worse line, I think.
June 22, 2019 | 2:36 p.m.
So I recently played a live 1/2 hand where I got into a tricky spot. Admittedly I should have folded pre with this hand, but I had been playing very tight up until this point and there were no strong players at the table, so I got a bit fresh. Anyway, the action went like this:
Hero in HJ, ~90bb: Opens $7 with Jh4h
Villain (old Asian man) in CO, ~100bb: calls $7
BB (white man in his 30s w/ shortstack of ~40bb): calls $7
Flop: Qc 5s 3h
BB checks, Hero bets $10, CO calls $10, BB folds
Hero bets $30, CO raises to $85, Hero?
I'll stop here because the turn is the main decision point. I was done with the hand after being called on the flop, but then I turned a FD + OESD. I decided to barrel pretty large because a) I picked up a bunch of equity, and b) I have next to no SD value, so x/c seems really bad. But in hindsight I'm not sure how much fold equity I have, given that villain's got a decent amount of Qx here, and his other hands like 77, 65s, 76s, and Ax wheel draws won't fold.
Villain's raise is for like half his stack, and calling another $55 would leave me with only about $70 behind. But I don't think jamming is good since he's got no bluffs in this spot, and I'd be getting it in bad. At least by flatting and seeing river I can save myself $70 if I brick. Plus I only need like 25% to call, which I'm more than getting.
June 21, 2019 | 3:43 p.m.
MP: $55.97 (Hero)
June 20, 2019 | 5:19 p.m.
For the 2nd hand with KK, I get that we check the A turn because villain may have some Ax hands and we don't want to value-own ourselves, plus even if he doesn't have Ax, it kills our action. But my question is this: would it be a legitimate strategy to c-bet the turn ultra small, like 25% pot, in order to squeeze value out of worse hands on an earlier street than giving him a free river? A tiny c-bet might even induce some bluffs from villain, though not very often since the A is better for our range than his. Granted there aren't many bad rivers for our hand, so there's not much downside in checking, and it's not great to bet with a hand that has become a bluff catcher OTT. But I wonder about this anyway.
June 20, 2019 | 2:47 a.m.
UTG: $137.76 (Hero)
June 8, 2019 | 9:04 p.m.
soutaz89 Polar means 3betting your strongest and weakest hands, and flat calling with your medium-strength hands.
Linear means 3betting with strong hands plus some medium-strong hands, then folding the rest and not having a flat calling range at all, usually.
June 5, 2019 | 2:52 p.m.
SB: $54.25 (Hero)
June 4, 2019 | 5:02 a.m.
Maybe it's ok to x/f my hand exact hand because I don't have a club, but normally I would think that a c-bet is useful to put pressure on his hands like 66, 78s, and 88-JJ. The Q hits him plenty, but I still have a decent range advantage on this board. I take your point about K and A turns having negative implied odds for me, though.
May 29, 2019 | 3:21 p.m.
SB: $80.26 (Hero)
May 28, 2019 | 12:58 a.m.
It's interesting that live poker is so limp heavy, since the rake in live cash games is often quite steep, which in theory incents agression preflop to avoid the rake. I guess it just goes to show how fishy live poker is in most places. (Unless of course OP was playing in a home game.)
May 23, 2019 | 12:16 a.m.
I wonder what would be harder, a pro writer transitioning to pro poker, or a poker pro transitioning to professional writing. This being a poker website filled with people know know how tough poker can be, I have no doubt that there's a bias toward saying poker is harder. Although I'm not a professional at either activity, I have a lot of experience in both fields, however, and imo it's a coin toss. Getting published is very hard.
May 22, 2019 | 10:09 p.m.
You weren't able to copy and paste the hand history into the hand converter? I don't think the suits of your hand were relevant in this specific hand, but often they can be useful info. Also, stack sizes are always relevant, so you need to include those too. Yet another reason why the actual hand history is helpful.
First of all, fold QJo pre vs UTG open. As played, I'm just flatting river because what worse hands can villain have, opening from UTG, that will bet/call this river? Basically just QTs. Maybe AA and KK, too, if the SPR is low enough by the river. But unless he's clueless he's checking those down. Your hand is actually just a bluff catcher since you lose to all his value bets except QTs (Q9s, KQ, AQ all beat you).
May 22, 2019 | 1:03 a.m.
UTG+1: 180,226 (Hero)
May 20, 2019 | 11:58 p.m.
I was similarly wondering why hero elected to bet 2/3 pot on both flop and turn. Normally I'd expect that hero has a range advantage on a Kxx flop that allows him to bet more like 1/3 pot. But since it's a fairly wet flop I'm guessing that's why sizing is larger? Larger sizing makes more sense on turn I suppose, particularly given your Ah.
May 17, 2019 | 4:13 a.m.
CO: $78.05 (Hero)