Just 3bet linear at small stakes but favour suited hands over off suited when OOP. Flat AJo but 3bet A5s. Overall linear but with 54s-T9s hands and vary frequency by how wide IP opens (position and player). When IP 3betting you can rank hands similar to opening. BvB you need to 3bet polarized vs regs. Against the more extreme players you should tweak the ranges a bit more.
June 16, 2022 | 1:01 p.m.
IP is very nice to 3bet wide in softer games because people lack 4bets and XR-es. OOP I recommend going a bit tighter and sizing up. If your 3bet stat is under 9, you need to work a lot on 3brtting more. 11 is what you get if you 3bet a lot and don't flat much.
June 15, 2022 | 7:35 a.m.
No one will exploit you. Being exploitable isn't much of a concern for most low-frequency spots. 200NL no one will exploit you either except for like a handful of specific guys and you will know exactly who they are, so you play normal vs them or look for counters if they're on the spewy side.
Whats the case for an open raise w/ QQ in MP, raise from CO/BTN, we 4-bet / fold when shoved on?
That's a completely reasonable way to play in most lower games, but I think you can 4bet-call at 100bb when you do normal 4bet. Cold 4bet plays much tighter than normal 4bet in low-stakes games.
June 11, 2022 | 11:27 a.m.
You don't flat if OOP with too bad odds and/or against overly strong range. Maybe with these positions, it's more AKs, KK+ at lower stakes (100NL and lower). AKo quickly becomes -EV if his range is too strong and he lacks AQs, KQs type raise/fold hands.
I think AKo is better to shove than QQ if he cold 4bet tight and then only calls off with KK+ (too tight but still folds a decent bit to 5bet). Just blockers to calling range.
June 11, 2022 | 10:44 a.m.
QQ is like close to 0EV hand to jam and prefers a flat when IP or good odds (small size, low rake) but here you are OOP at 10nl or something (maybe large size and high rake) so it's awkward what to do. The spot is close enough that details matter like sizes and stack size. Even the more aggressive regs at these stakes tend to miss cold 4bets and size large, so I lean towards just folding without more information.
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June 11, 2022 | 10:33 a.m.
way too nitty when it comes to valuehands?
Yes, lots of players miss value bets at these kinds of stakes but it's usually in the BXB, XBB IP, XXB type spots. Spots they could bet the previous street but didn't or when OOP skipped a bet and has a weak range and you can bet much thinner for value. Also, CCB IP people miss thin value. In general, going for XR on turns and rivers is a bad idea at low stakes when you can make a bet that isn't a donk bet (just build the pot yourself). There are exceptions as always and going for huge XR can be great against fish. The syntax means action on each street (flop, turn, river). Also, people at low stakes don't use large bets often enough on blank run-outs or go all-in with nut flush or straights they hit on the river, so they put too little money into the pot on average when barrelling. This makes it more important to fast play good hands at low stakes compared to high stakes, but delaying the XR to the turn can be fine because people double barrel too many middle pairs and low top pairs at lower stakes.
June 11, 2022 | 10 a.m.
Yup. And if someone lacks bluffs in aggressive lines and has too linear betting and raising ranges, you kinda just want to get out of the way when they go for it. Still, many of these players go for cheap bluffs so you wanna figure out when they give up on the bluffs. A lot of these players go for one and done bluffs IP but rarely barrels off a stack.
Then when they check you can just bet half pot to 3/4 pot or something with anything okay to bluff with.
You will see some of these players as high as 500nl reg tables and 200 zoom on stars, so it's important to learn to exploit them. The tendencies gets less extreme higher and they learn more tricks to try to get called even though they don't bluff enough.
June 11, 2022 | 8:31 a.m.
Maybe I'm putting too much weight on HUD and the stats on your HUD aren't the best to extrapolate from, but I think it might be enough to profile him.
There is a danger of his XR range being too strong for these plays to be good. Pretty much everything in his HUD points to him not fighting enough to win hands, so when he continues or puts a lot of money in he is just likely to have something good. I'd personally just bet my entire range on a flop like this when he checks and then fold a lot when he raises. Can float with hands with good enough ways to improve.
The way to beat fit or fold type players is to use a lot of small bet aggression but then give up a lot when they wake up with something.
June 10, 2022 | 9:45 p.m.
I think it matters less here than in most spots but the looser and spewier the better to call. It's difficult for any player profile to have much less than a flush given the texture, double Ax blockers, and the history leading up to the decision.
June 10, 2022 | 8:58 p.m.
Unlikely to have much other than a flush after that large flop bet in a 4bet pot with no natural weaker pairs or missed draws. You can put him on low frequency of other hands like set and Ax, but board is A85 and fish don't 3bet low PPs much and you strongly block Ax. You block 75% of his Ax.
You have 11 outs to full house. If we put villain on unpaired flush we have seen 8 of 52 cards, so 11/44 to a full house. That's 25% equity against an unpaired flush.
In practice, I call sets because you have so much drawing equity. AxKd is same story but now a combination of blockers and redrawing. But this spot I can be convinced folding is better given you so strongly block Ax and it's very hard to have much else than a flush for the other guy because of 4bet and large flop bet combined with texture.
Other feedback on the hand is that you can go even larger preflop with many hands but AA doesn't mind keeping weaker hands in. Flop you strongly block most hands that can call a big bet, so it's probably better to check back and allow him to bluff or bet small and try to get called by underpairs or get bluff raised. When you strongly block the hands that cal call big bets you have to look for other ways to make EV than betting big.
June 10, 2022 | 4:34 p.m.
Solver gives IP 32.5% flushes and 7.5% straight. Not saying this guy plays 100% like solver but he improves a ton. Only play on the river will be XF for spots like that. Sure theory probably has you calling some low sets sets and higher with flush blocker, but in practice you won't see the bluffs in these kinds of games. He has to bluff all Qx and half Kx if he played like solver. Too easy to autopilot check a Kx hand.
June 8, 2022 | 10:12 p.m.
I believe AF 1.5 is a ratio between call and bet. It's definitely on low side so probably more money from betting than slow playing. XR flop is probably fine but would size bigger like closer to 1.2.
He's gonna have like 20%+ flushes on the river and not many bluffs. Also some str8 maybe. You can bet 25% or XF. A player like this won't find many bluffs in either line so you don't need to merge shove to avoid being put in 0EV spot. You are also a bit deep to merge shove and a bit low equity maybe.
June 8, 2022 | 6:36 p.m.
I'd recommend Matthew Janda's latest book. Practical and covers 90% of the essential concepts. Easy game is definitely outdated in most ways. There used to be a niche for books that give simple guidelines to beat very soft games, but I don't know who is the best at that these days. I mean like 2nl and 5nl online and then had to tweak a bit for 10nl. Was also some that aimed a little higher like 50nl. Just simple guidelines to identify and exploit different weak player profiles.
June 8, 2022 | 6:28 p.m.
Probably better to screenshot the HH and post a picture or convert it. The details are a bit important here. His fold to 3bet stat isn't reliable if you have 200 hands on him. It probably skews him towards tighter but could just have had a bad hand a lot too.
It's not a great spot to call river because many hands like KQ improve and he wouldn't donk weaker for value. He also doesn't have many weaker hands in his range because he has called two larger bets. Whether he can have Ax FD that missed is a detail that probably is meaningful and if he can have many of those, the decision would be closer. Otherwise, very easy fold.
Your flop size is a bit large if you follow a modern strategy for 3bet IP. If the flop is two-tone, Iike it more than if it's rainbow. By no means a mistake to size up as long as it's not face up and you play against a reg that overfolds to large sizes because they're too strong. Generally, you target low PPs with your flop size and then you don't need to go so large to put them in a bad spot. On 2 tone you could target stronger hands and check more JJ, TT hands as well so size up could make sense.
June 6, 2022 | 3:22 p.m.
You are not gonna have many bluffs when going to like 650. You can have some AKs for postflop bluffs and then some AQs, KQs type stuff. A bit weaker hands if you have calls. I'd adjust amount of those based on who I'm playing.
June 6, 2022 | 8:44 a.m.
In general, the best advice I can give based on what you write is to try not to be readless. There isn't a single mention of what kind of person you are playing against.
It's definitely not too deep to have shoves. It's even a thing when IP has committed 30% less than here. You are correct about IP vs OPP difference. The max you can commit and then fold is around 30% of starting stack. It's usually not efficient to go that large as shoves become extremely profitable if you fold more than 20% or something when you commit that much. Usually solvers 4bet to more like 22% to 25% of the starting stack and adjust size based on that. Very deep it's more pot odds based and very short the only size is shove.
You are OOP with bad odds to call so mostly gonna continue by shove and small 4bet. QQ and AKo are probably clear jams as you don't mind extra folds and don't want to 4bet then call off a shove. AA clear small 4bet or flat because you benefit from getting money in over more streets and don't mind keeping hands in. KK falls in the middle.
It's difficult for me to get more precise as I don't know how loose and aggressive the dynamic is. Also, I have never played live cash in a casino or with button straddle.
June 5, 2022 | 10:23 a.m.
I like Guerrilla poker YouTube. Lots of stuff out there. I tend to not recommend courses or subs for other sites on this forum, but there are 3+ other good options for cash game content.
The thing you should look for that's new is GTO trainers. Look at RIO videos for ideas. Postflop+ and GTO wizard are probably the best options for most people. Also, check GTO wizard for preflop ranges. No need to get all the mixes correctly. Preflop Guru is a nice way to brush up on preflop.
June 3, 2022 | 10:56 p.m.
I mean you probably want to grow up to 4 tables minimal, but there is no reason to force it. I'm happy to play 2-3 tables when I come back after an extended break or learn a new format. I focused on things outside poker past four months so I'm quite rusty at the moment. 3 stars reg tables is enough for me right now, but could do up to six tables with even some of them being HU before the break. Number of tables also depends on the site. Six GG regular tables is like 4 stars reg tables or 2 zoom tables in terms of number of hands and actions.
June 3, 2022 | 3:30 p.m.
Biggest difference is at 200nl+. 200nl is the first limit with somewhat hard working professionals that utilize tools like solvers with some degree of efficiency. 100nl and lower is soft enough that you don't even need to work with a solver, but it can definitely help and increase probability of success.