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Comment | Jbarez commented on River Decision

I dont use donkbet often in my strategy but I think 1/3 probably is way to given low SPR and 3way pot

Sizing on river? I assume after bet turn like in your hand? Pot is too big, shoving or checking are your only options, using blockbet doesnt make any sense.

Nov. 7, 2019 | 3:34 p.m.

Comment | Jbarez commented on River Decision
  1. Yeah, donking should be fine in 3way. You want some protection and MP+2(agressor preflop) should check there literally 100% of his range
  2. Bet on turn should be a bit higher to avoid PSB on river
  3. Biggest mistake in this hand is not betting river. So many hands that can pay you off will snap checkback river. However if you check then I'm not thrilled facing shove but with set you have to call.

Nov. 7, 2019 | 12:43 a.m.

Comment | Jbarez commented on GTO or GTNO? (part 2)

Postflop with 66 hand is pretty interesting. It looks like recreationals with their valuebluffs were right long time before solvers.

Oct. 29, 2019 | 11:42 a.m.

Comment | Jbarez commented on 25NL Check Flop?

I have similar thoughts - Given hero stack size hands like TT-99 or 8x have more incentive to fastplay and our hand is also not that big equity favorite against flushdraws that usually will have additional outs to make higher pairs than our 7s.

Therefore b/c and decide turn looks most convincingly

Oct. 26, 2019 | 10:29 a.m.

UTG is most likely fish as he is playing with only 75. It also means that either CO is fish or has very weak range as regular would isolate recreational player very wide there. I think you can consider squeezing especially if you would 3bet in HU against EP, but I would mostly stick to calling - you get too good odds and this hand doesnt perform well in postflop game in big pots.

Oct. 22, 2019 | 10:01 p.m.

As general rule your 4bet bluffing range should be more focused on playability and nut potential. So more Axs, braodways suited , less offsuit trash and connectors..

Oct. 18, 2019 | 8:17 p.m.

Rake trap doesnt exist, its only used by bad players to excuse their fails. Let's be honest - if someone can't beat nl10 and blame rake then certainly that person is not good enough to win on higher stake.

Oct. 17, 2019 | 12:12 a.m.

Most important part of this hand is preflop. You don't have position and are facing huge 4bet(10->27,5bb!). In this case I think you should narrow your calling range and instead go for shove or fold strategy(Jacks obviously 100% shove).

Sept. 27, 2019 | 8:28 p.m.

Ah right I see now, this thread is your little whine fest...

I understand some of you play theoretically correct regardless of
situation but I'm not burning money in a spot I feel uncomfortable in
just so my line can be congruent with what a solver suggests.

So why are you trying to make theoretically correct plays based on bold assumptions about opponent range?

I don't think check folding is too extreme in a zoom pool where I'm
seeing another hand in 1 second. You do?]

your argument is invalid. Zoom or reg tables can differ on many levels but in both formats you pay 1,5bb for every 6 hands so it doesnt make any sense to avoid tough and close spots just to get another AA a bit faster.

Sept. 24, 2019 | 1:14 a.m.

What? How you could NOT raise river?

Sept. 24, 2019 | 12:39 a.m.

So after 17 hands you know villain enough to justify check/folding there? AA is too strong to fold it in 3bet pot without any player specific read. Obviously having Ad in your hand is not great and I doubt you should x/raise there. However check/call flop and check/call most turn cards should be standard there.

Sept. 23, 2019 | 9:12 p.m.

ye, and thats exactly we have to call as he can valuebet AK there too. Overall I think calling turn is way closer to fold than on river.

Sept. 23, 2019 | 3:50 p.m.

Comment | Jbarez commented on NL5 AKo in 3betpot

No, I would mix my whole range between check and small bet with more inclination to bet hands with diamond and hands requiring more protection(like AT/JJ). Overall I think it should be around 50-50 for bet and check.

Sept. 23, 2019 | 3:48 p.m.

Comment | Jbarez commented on Check\Raise BB vs UTG

You need to ask yourself:
1.What are you trying to represent?
2. How many value hands you have compare to other player?
3. How good turn card connect to both of your ranges?

Anyway its not that GTO+ suggest 75% PSB, you allowed it to use only that sizing. To check what sizing solver prefers on turn you need to let it pick from ~3-4 sizings and observe which ones are prefered by solver. Then run sim again and delete unneeded sizings to make simplified strategy.

Sept. 22, 2019 | 11:41 p.m.

Comment | Jbarez commented on NL5 AKo in 3betpot

So I have some Hands like JJ, TP, Sets (88,TT), Straights (J9s) which
want to bet

Problem is that he has more strong hands(2pair or better) and you additionally have more offsuit broadways. Thats why you should check a lot on this board, and even if you bet you should keep your sizing smaller as your range can be even behind his range. As played turn and river are fine, I dont see many hands that you can valuebet.

Sept. 22, 2019 | 6:57 p.m.

My redline has never been worse these 2 last months

You should be really worried by that, your studying went to wrong direction. Obviously not everyone will be instantly redline warrior, but usually after studying game you should be able to plug many of your leaks which will lead to better redline, not worse.

Maybe you should watch some RIO videos or good twitch streamers on full focus and try to understand what makes them certain plays and how they generally menage their ranges.

I wont post graph as sample is small, but after 2 months break I decided to drop stakes a bit,started terrible on nl25z and for now I have 35k hands and almost 4bb/100. I'm still running very bad - cooler spots like KK vs AA, AK vs AA, set over set are in majority against me. What am I doing? Just playing solid, without any hyper exploiting of playerpool.

Sept. 22, 2019 | 10:35 a.m.

I would add to what guys above wrote that you should also look at your opponent and what you want to achieve.
Example 1:
Your opponent is folding a lot to bet so you can use smaller sizing that usual with your bluffs
Example 2:
You bet half pot with straight on turn and double flushdraws to widen your opponent calling range and therefore allow yourself to valuebet even on flushed river
Example 3:
Against some opponents you know their checking range is completely unprotected and so you can use many overbets that will be very effective.

Sept. 22, 2019 | 1:03 a.m.

How many hands you have on him?

Anyway I think your game should never deviate that much from your standard strategy. Obviously you should call/raise more against player who is likely overcbetting but it doesnt mean you should float without position and equity.

To be honest I think fold on flop is by far best option, if you wanted to do anything with that then its better to raise, and obviously sqz or fold preflop.

Sept. 21, 2019 | 1:01 a.m.

belrio42 Isn't it opposite? I mean open/jam against cold 4bet is super strong line, many players would fold there decent amount of AK in MP shoes. Calling BTN on 120bb deep also sucks but I think its easier to find enough equity vs BTN than against MP

Aug. 26, 2019 | 12:37 p.m.

I'm not solver strategy expert but I think reason for all your question lies in villain shallow stack. You cant do much in that low stack to pot ratio with BFD when you are against that strong and condensed range.

  1. Why fold even if EV is similar? You have many better hands without blockers to villain bluffs to call , every pocket is better for that reason. Probably PIO also prefers to float hands like KJ/KT as they unblock more give ups later on.

  2. Villain has big range advantage, he also has more often overpair or better so you cant really play your backdoors , especially against guy who started hand with only 86bb. Actually I doubt you should have there any raising range.

June 25, 2019 | 3:50 a.m.

There are people who can just go to midstakes+ without anyone help, though there are also people like you who can beat nl10 without coach. Limitless for example now play highest stakes but was stuck on nl2 for long time.

So yes, people learn from videos and books, but for many its not enough to make step forward. Maybe if you dont want(or cant afford) coach why dont try to search poker friends from similar stakes to learn from each other?

BTW. 20 BI is normal swing, especially on zoom. Recently I dropped around that in 2 days.

June 24, 2019 | 8:33 p.m.

To be fair - I dont think anyone can help you just by looking at your stats - they look ok at first sight, only WTSD is probably below average.

From what I read you dont even know how to analyse your game and where you can make adjusts... so I would hire coach in your place. Usually people from higher than yours stakes can instantly see flaws in your game, preferably in your native language to help you understand things better.

I wouldnt recommend any videos - you have probably seen a lot and it didnt help you much so its better to find another way.

June 24, 2019 | 1:27 a.m.

Clear fold flop, I would probably fold with bfd too. Problem is that you can count only on runner-runner flush there, 5 is tricky and can be 'payoff card' against AK,KK+.

June 23, 2019 | 8:02 p.m.

3b AQo vs those positions will almost never result in going heads up as a favorite

Treat is as semi-bluff. You have decent equity against calling range, have both position and initiative, also you are protected against squeezes/overcalls which makes your hand extremely hard to play well. Obviously you have easy fold vs 4bet , but thats completely not a problem, you were just lucky to not give away more than 8-9bb in case you hit TPTK postflop. Notice how much it simplify your game and allow you to avoid tough spots.

I played around with Pokersnowie Preflop advisor and it does seam to work pretty well at 6 max games

Yeah, snowie ranges are not bad. Notice that Snowie is advocating ~5,50% 3bet range and only ~1,20% cold call range when you are on MP and facing OR from EP.

do you think I can take its ranges and apply them for MP+1, MP+2,CO,BTN, SB, BB on full ring games and treat these positions same as 6 max if either if is folded to me on MP+1 or action begins at MP+1?

Yes, its good for start, you can even widen up if you see many players playing outdated strategy like you now(~14/10).

June 22, 2019 | 10:14 p.m.

WonSD - 65% - waaaay too high - it says that you are not bluffcatching and miss many valuebet opportunities. There are probably many spots when you check river and then see worse hand that certainly could pay your bet.

Fold to cbet flop 61% - as above, that value is just too high - everyone can just throw cbet into you and its guaranteed printing money. You probably should fix a bit your ranges and not be afraid to float/raise with backdoors.

RFI - your opening range from CO-SB is too tight, fullring specific is that players are often not accustomed to playing wide ranges so you can open 30% from CO and 50%+ from both BTN and SB

Cbets - flop is fine, but overall you are not betting as much as you should. I think you can both bet more on flop(~60%) and turn(~50%)

WWSF - yes, SB is big issue there but you are not fightning for pots enough on other positions either. Obviously on full ring 50% is almost impossible but 45% should be reachable. Its hard to give you any general advice there ,but I wouldnt worry about that stat too much anyway - it will rise up when you fix other issues with your game.

Cold call - you are calling way too wide from UTG2-CO. You should prefer there to 3bet , not coldcall, instead you are coldcalling twice as much. Why? Cause it makes your game more simple and its better to play for example AQo against one player in 3bet pot than in multiway without both position and initiative . Not saying that you are vulnerable against squeezes with heavily capped range.

3bet vs steal - 6% - players on fullring are probably tighter when it comes to stealing, still you should aim at over 10% resteal.

62% all-in equity - you are probably stacking off too tight and are probably a little afraid of going all in with AK or strong draw.

June 22, 2019 | 8:28 p.m.

  1. I think you have to bet this, though I would probably go with smaller bet to widen his range enough that you will be able to bluff some rivers.
  2. He is giving you great pot odds. I would not consider anything else than calling unless I know villain is maniac - in that case shoving can be slightly better but in most cases it will be worse play. Notice that you can always donkbet shove when you hit and villain will still struggle given that he will need to call ~70$ to win ~350$,

June 22, 2019 | 6:40 a.m.

wwsf 37 and avg all in equity 62% -even for 9max tables those stats indicate you are too passive and nitty. I think its bigger issue with your game than trying to find leak in cold calling 3bets on very small sample. Obviously losing over 300bb/100 in that situation is very bad, but it can be also variance(only 671 samples). What is your fold to 3bet? 4bet? What is your fold to cbet in 3bet pots?

June 22, 2019 | 1:43 a.m.

I think we should bet really small on river to let trips or straight call. Obviously we dont need to call vs shove as we have plenty of better hands for that.

June 17, 2019 | 10:18 p.m.

To be honest I think TT benefits hugely from aggressive line so I would either go for check/shove or bet turn and play river. I dislike x/calling cause we should have there x/shoving range and TT is way superior hand for this than AA as it needs more protection and we shouldnt be afraid of JJ+.

June 17, 2019 | 10:15 p.m.

Its ok, From CO and later positions its hard to lay down AK preflop, though your sizing is way too big. I would go something around 26-28bb to give him still room find sometimes bluff shoves.

June 17, 2019 | 2:22 a.m.

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