Villain is on the fishy side but haven't seen him get out of line.
My hand seems like a good bluffing candidate overall.
However, I'm not sure whether I should be double barreling with this particular combo, since I pick up some equity on the turn.
It seems to me that both betting and checking are fine.
Does the additional equity that I pick up on the turn make this hand a check-back some of the time?
July 29, 2020 | 7:09 a.m.
You're never gonna get the limpers to fold and you're gonna be OOP for the rest of the hand. Therefore, I personally raise with very strong high-card combos. If there's more than one limper, I tend to not raise at all even if hand hand is very strong. Well, If you have something like AJT9ds or KKJTds you can safely bloat the pot even against a few limpers since these hands play so well no matter what.
July 11, 2020 | 3:43 a.m.
Villain is unknown but most likely recreational since I haven't seen him around.
I'm not sure I should be betting here since I don't want to be raised even though I can call.
Betting seems to be a standard line though.
Do I continue barreling here?
If so, what sizing?
If we bet small and are raised, are we folding?
July 5, 2020 | 8:11 a.m.
CO is a recreational reg.
BB is a somewhat aggro fish.
I misclick preflop.
I think I should never bet in this spot, even if it's HU.
Now that both opponents check to me again and I turn equitiy,
is it reasonable to bet here?
I don't wanna get raised, but the chances of that are very small anyway.
What sizing is best - pot?
July 4, 2020 | 4:59 a.m.
I have a theory question regarding the "$.25/$.50 PLO: I'm Mostly Playing HU but Here it Goes" video by Phil Galfond,
He mentions that it's necessary to check back nut straights on flush draw flops
because the nuts is gonna change very often and you're not likely to get 3 streets of value.
The main idea is that you're not actually slow-playing but rather pot controlling.
I understand that we must include straights in our check back range but I'm wondering if we're not missing too much value by checking back.
Additionally, how do we construct our check back range that consists of straights?
What cards do we include and why - pair blockers, flush blockers?
My assumption is that we should check back more often when we block the suits that complete the flush.
However, that makes it less likely for our opponent to have a flush draw and to continue.
Aren't we missing a lot of value in this case, especially when their chances of hitting the flush are even less?
I'm curious what you guys think and would appreciate of some of the RIO coaches share their opinion on this.
I'm usually rarely thinking of slow-playing in PLO unless I block a lot of the board or have specific reads on my opponent.
June 6, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.
BB is unknown.
CO is a weak reg, no specific info on him though.
This hand seems like a check to me because we cannot stand heat.
However, are there arguments for betting or even check/raising if CO bets?
I think betting with the TT-blockers could be fine, or am I overvaluing them in this specific situation?
How do we play turn if we miss and does our strategy change depending on villain's bet sizing?
I guess check/call would be the only play unless we can utilize our blockers.
June 5, 2020 | 7:49 a.m.
Villain is a reg but I have no reads on him besides his preflop stats.
The situation seems pretty standard.
Villain should be potting this flop in a 3-bet pot so his play is standard.
My issue is whether and how I should continue.
Given that I block the Ace of spades and lots of weaker flush draws it means he likely has bare overpairs or a wrap.
In villains shoes, I find it standard to pot/fold if I don't have backup to my overpairs, but that's me.
I'm not sure villain is ever pot/folding.
In this case, should I just call and hope that villain check/folds to my turn shove?
I don't like raising since I have 50% equity maximum against his estimated range, so I'm never ahead.
June 1, 2020 | 5:34 a.m.
BB is a fish but not out of line. Got very few hands on him.
BTN is unknown
I decided to go for a check/call although having the blockers maybe I should bet.
It's 3-way and I didn't wanna get raised, though.
I could definitely call but I'm not sure I can win the hand if I don't hit
Is it reasonable to raise here?
Does my flop check seem like I never have the nuts even if I raise turn?
May 28, 2020 | 3:51 a.m.
Villain is a loose player but haven't seen him get out of line.
I'm not sure whether leading is good here, but I decided to do it at that moment.
It seems OK but check/calling could be better since we have good backdoor potential.
I have to continue with the aggression.
I can check/raise but I also don't wanna see villain checking back
I'm not sure whether I should barrel again here.
I don't see him having a straight although I block all the pairs from the board.
I could also check to let him bluff but I'm not sure he is likely to do it.
May 24, 2020 | 4:02 p.m.
Pot is unopened.
BTN opens and we call in the BB.
Flop is heads up.
What is our best line witch each of these hands?
Leading, check/call, check/raise and why?
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts as this is a very common situation.
Additionally, I think it's the one I have most trouble with.
I don't check/raise or lead nearly enough.
May 24, 2020 | 4:37 a.m.
I'm still pretty average at assigning ranges, but I guess the iso-raising range of this particular player would be 10-15% of hands.
For calling the flop bet, though, it probably is something like straight draws and overpairs + backup at best. I think he raises if he has a straight since he would rather protect his hand on the flop. Most weak players play their strong hands fast anyways, especially multiway.
Us having the Ah makes it more likely for him to have the combos I mention.
May 22, 2020 | 5:35 a.m.
I'm curious what would the reason for 3-betting be?
Isn't the 96 combo a bit too disconnected to 3-bet against an MP iso-raise?
Yes, he is a weak player and is isolating less than pot but his range should still be strong.
Our hand plays well enough as a call as well.
I may be too passive though, and 3-betting in position, especially at these stakes may be a more profitable line to take.
May 22, 2020 | 5:30 a.m.
Personally I've been following the GTO guidelines when playing these but I see you point. These are never great multiway I you could argue that they are gonna win more money by isolating to get HU.
If you 3-bet and get cold called, which happens a lot at the micros, you're still potentially in a better spot since the SPR would be low, even though the pot is multiway. If you hit, you stackoff no matter what.
The only issue I have is that if we 3-bet and get 4-bet it's pretty much a disaster. Therefore I follow the GTO guidelines and flat these hands.
I think you have to experiment and see how it goes. Now that I say that, I guess I should do that as well myself.
May 22, 2020 | 5:23 a.m.
SB is an Any-4 fish.
UTG+1 is a fish, more on the passive side.
I can find arguments for both calling and raising flop.
Calling would be good to keep dominated draws in, as I can win more money if I hit.
My thinking can be flawed, however, since a lot of turns are bad for me.
Raising seems logical but I think I can win more by just flatting?
Does my reasoning make sense with this specific hand?
May 20, 2020 | 2:05 p.m.
BB unknown but likely a fish, given the population.
UTG+1 is a weak reg (40/20)
This seems like a standard c-bet to me, having the QQ blockers.
But why would I be betting acutally?
We block a lot and our hand may not be that vulnerable.
Given the blockers, it's unlikely for anyone to continue with much worse.
I don't mind winning on the flop but I don't wanna get raised and I don't think I need much protection.
Is my thinking reasonable?
May 19, 2020 | 3:01 p.m.
Thank you very much for the response, Emty.
I share the same reasoning for most of the hands.
I was thinking that I could check sometimes but if I do, I'm never getting three streets of value and many times it will be only one street since the river could be a scare card.
By betting flop, I'm getting two streets of value almost 100%
Even with two BDFDs, I would still prefer to check back since if I bet/call and I turn a flush draw, villain is likely to pot turn which puts me in a tough situation.
Yes, I would probably have to call his turn bet but I'm not thrilled about it.
May 17, 2020 | 5:33 p.m.
I was reviewing my game recently and was wondering about the following hands.
The situation is a single raised pot where we open on the button and the BB calls.
Let's assume it's a standard situation against an unknown villain, 100bb deep.
The question is whether we c-bet or check back.
Also, what do we do if we get check/raised?
What do you guys think about the following six hands?
I find arguments for both c-betting and checking for all of them.
May 17, 2020 | 1:40 p.m.
Villains are unknown and I have no reads on them.
Given that we block the Jack, I suppose we have to mix between checking back and betting.
How often should we be betting compared to checking? What if we don't block the Jack?
Getting raised here is a disaster so checking makes sense in that situation.
Also, if raised, I think it's too hopeful to put villain on a turned combo draw
since not many players are that aggressive on these stakes.
However, if we bet, we get a lot of value from worse.
What do u think?
May 15, 2020 | 1:53 p.m.
I'm never raising at any point.
If he's bluffing, let him bluff by just calling flop and turn.
Once he bets the river, I'm not sure since it depends on your opponent's tendencies.
I've seen players take this line with both bluffs and strong hands at the micros.
Your hand is a bluff catcher, not a value hand, so I think raising is not an option.
May 13, 2020 | 8:09 a.m.
I'm starting to work on my game more seriously and right now I'm in the process of creating
HM2 filters in order to analyze it properly and have a structure when reviewing my sessions.
What filters do you guys use or suggest I should be using?
Right now, I have the following:
As pre-flop raiser:
- Facing leads
- Facing check/raises
- Facing turn leads after I check back flop
As a pre-flop caller:
- Facing c-bets
- Facing 2-barrels
- Flop goes check-check are we are OOP on turn
- Flop goes check-check and we are IP; villain checks to us once again
The same filters would also be applied to 3-bet pots as well.
These are just a sample as I'm in the process of creating the whole process.
Please share your thoughts and suggestions.
May 11, 2020 | 12:18 p.m.
Villain is unknown but no out of line, according to his stats and small sample size.
Being this deep I decided to slowplay and let him bluff since I block a lot.
Is it reasonable to check/call here, in the hopes to get a check/raise on the river?
Leading the river is also a possibility if I check/call.
The standard line seems to be the check/raise but I'm curious whether we should do it 100%.
May 11, 2020 | 10:45 a.m.
I guess there is no reason to bet against so many players.
The question is whether I should be raising, given that I could be only drawing to the flush if someone also has a set.
Additionally, it's more likely for someone else to have a flush draw since we are five players.
Raising seems standard but calling also seems reasonable.
It seems like a mix between calling and raising.
What do you think?
May 7, 2020 | 11:09 a.m.
Villain is a fish but I wouldn't say out of line post flop
It seems like a standard c-bet situation.
I think betting 1/2 pot is the ideal size.
On the other hand I don't wanna get raised since I have a lot of backup.
Are we mixing here between betting and checking?
May 7, 2020 | 11:04 a.m.