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Nice video chap. I'm a fan of coaches vs trainer vids!

Feb. 11, 2021 | 6:08 p.m.

Comment | PokerVagabond commented on Paired Boards

Yeah tried this out for myself today using $25nl rake sensitive charts, didn't get anywhere close to a similar output which is interesting, although slightly frustrating

Nice video regardless! Would be interested to see the outputs for higher stakes etc.

Jan. 25, 2021 | 4:26 p.m.

Nice one chap. I thought it was something along those lines but thought best to make sure.

Dec. 9, 2020 | 2:46 a.m.

Hey Steve. Nice video. Not sure you'll see this message as it's been a couple of weeks since you posted it but do you have a video where you show how you have incorporated the RNG or can explain it simply here. Nice one

Dec. 6, 2020 | 3:55 p.m.

Post | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: SQZ Pot vs Aggro Fishy Reg

We're both roughly 100bb deep. (still can't figure out how to import PP hands properly)

dealt to Hero [ Tc, Kc ]
Player3 calls (0.10)
Player4 folds
Player5 folds
Hero raises 0.40 to 0.40 on the btn
Player1 raises 1.15 to 1.20 in the sb
Player2 folds
Player3 folds
Hero calls (0.80)

* Dealing Flop * : [ Ac, 3s, 4s ]
Player1 bets (0.65)
Hero calls (0.65)

* Dealing Turn * : [ 3c ]
Player1 bets (1.19)
Hero raises 8.86 to 8.86

No stats as playing on party and had the villain labeled as super aggro, at least at the time. I think against any other opponent then this would be a mandatatory fold preflop but this guy had been aggresive for a while and I felt it was just 'too good' to fold at the time. OOP it would be an easy muck, but in position against an aggresive laggy fish I think I could justify a call.

When villain bets 1/4 pot on a 2 flush board, my instinct is that it's normally incredibly weak. This guy could have 78s,JTs etc etc. Having the backdoor nut flush and the backdoor straight draw, I felt it was just enough to continue, looking to make moves on certain turns and put underpairs to the test.

When the 3c comes on the turn I was in too minds on what to do after his 1/4 bet yet again. I simply dont think many decent Ax hands would bet this small again, maybe just AA and AK that I block. Initially I thought raising was mandatory but maybe not after I have thought about it more and with us getting just about the correct odds. Anyway I raised but the sizing gave me problems away from the table. Smaller or just jamming? seeing as I would probably would be commited if I came in for a raise, depending on what I made it.

Eitherway I just decided to ship it to get folds from all his underpairs, and maybe even some of his weaker A highs.

Would love to hear peoples thoughts

Oct. 5, 2020 | 3:20 p.m.

Cheers for all the comments. Really appreciated!

Sept. 7, 2020 | 1:47 p.m.

Would be interesting to here you responses. CC 56s on the BTN seems a little loose for me but I feel I can make it protifable with my 'post flop edge'. Villian appears to be a semi aggresive calling station. Really doesn't like the fold button. When he checks raises I see him having mainly overcards/big overpairs, also I wouldn't be surprise to see some random bluffs as well. I would not expect him to show up with many other flush draws myself as most villains at these stage would be their flush draws. I am obviously not sure whether I should simply call the raise or just go with it on the flop. I am not doing too badly vs 88+, even adding nut flush draws amoungst them and my equity is lookig relatively solid. Anyway would like to here your thoughts.

Also does anyone know how to actually post hands into the hand history section> Doesn't seem to like my hands from HM3

Hero (BTN): $10.31 (103.1 bb)
SB: $15.75 (157.5 bb)
BB: $10.05 (100.5 bb)
UTG: $10.10 (101 bb)
MP: $10.55 (105.5 bb)
CO: $10.36 (103.6 bb)

SB posts $0.05, BB posts $0.10

Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has 5h 6h
UTG raises to $0.25, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.25, 2 folds

Flop: ($0.65, 2 players) 9d 8h 4h
UTG checks, Hero bets $0.38, UTG raises to $1.41, Hero raises to $4.00, UTG raises to $9.85, Hero calls $5.85

Turn: ($20.35, 2 players) Ad

River: ($20.35, 2 players) Th

Results: $20.35 pot ($1.00 rake)
Final Board: 9d 8h 4h Ad Th

Hero mucks 5h 6h: (Flush, Ten High)
(Pre 37%, Flop 32%, Turn 9%)

UTG shows Kh Ah: (Flush, Ace High)
(Pre 63%, Flop 68%, Turn 91%)

UTG wins $19.35

Sept. 2, 2020 | 2:46 p.m.

0.05/0.10 Texas Holdem Game Table (NL)

* Dealing down cards *
Dealt to Hero [ Jc, Js ]
Player3 folds
Player4 in HJ raises 0.30 to 0.30
Player5 folds
Player6 folds
Player1 folds
Hero calls in BB (0.20)

* Dealing Flop * : [ 8c, 4c, 6d ]
Hero checks
Player4 bets (0.46)
Hero calls (0.46)

* Dealing Turn * : [ 4s ]
Hero checks
Player4 bets (1.12)
Hero calls (1.12)

* Dealing River * : [ Kd ]
Hero checks
Player4 bets (3)


Hey peeps, haven't posted a hand in a while so thought this was an interesting spot. No info on villain as I play at PP and have no notes.
I think the key takeaway here is that villains rarely triple barrell at the lower stakes, and if they do I tend to take a note straight away. The only problem is that I really don't have many other better hands that I could call here apart from 88 and possibly KQs that may have decided to call twice but that is very unlikely.

Would like to hear peoples thoughts on the spot.


(sorry couldn't get the real HH review thing to work, anyone have a clue how to import from HH3/PP to make it work?

May 31, 2020 | 5:39 p.m.

Any you would recommend? Haven't dived into solvers yet but I guess I might as well invest

July 3, 2018 | 12:27 p.m.

The sizing isn't over important in context to what I am asking. It's a 3bet pot and we have hit that flop with this range. The question is what does our cbet strategy look like..

June 28, 2018 | 8:44 a.m.

Cheers for the info. I was more interested in what my cbet strategy would be, my initial range can always be open to debate but it's what I roughly worked out using a cbet sizing of villain 2.5x and us raising to 8bb getting it in with TT+ I believe (can't quite remember so that's worth another look on my part)

And yeah that is indeed Poker Ranger and nah I'm not part of Upswing although I do follow and have great respect to Doug Polk. Most of my learning comes from The Grinder Manual by Peter Clarke and I highly advise a purchase!

June 28, 2018 | 8:43 a.m.

Hey guys. So I'm trying to build myself a cbet strategy against an average reg in a 3bet pot when we are in the SB and the villain has called in the CO. I will elect to not having any calling range in the SB for this example.

Preflop Polar 3bet


Hero holds KK

Villains raises 2.5x from the CO
Hero raises to 8bb
Villains calls

Flop comes down AQx


This is my rough cbet strategy for the given situation.

The Red is cbet value
Green is check/call
Blue is cbet as bluff (only with backdoor flush draws)
Yellow is check/fold

I'm not great with the math side of this and how balanced this approach really is but would love to hear peoples thoughts and how I can improve. Nice one

June 27, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: Raising The Turn For Value?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $5.69 (Hero)
SB: $10.00
BB: $12.29
UTG: $6.05
MP: $5.00
CO: $5.23
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with Q A
2 folds, CO raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.15, 2 folds
I think I should have opened up my 3betting range for value here and look to call a 4bet in position. The only negative to this is at the microstakes it is debatable whether many villains have a 4bet bluffing range but possibly in this very dynamic situation. Villain here is 21/21 over 14 hands, so no real reads apart from looking very reggy. Anyway I elect to call, keeping in many worse aces, suited connects, broadways etc. etc.
Flop ($0.37) 9 A 4
CO bets $0.26, Hero calls $0.26
I see no real reason to raise here. I keep all bluffs in and gives them the opportunity to fire again. Villain at this point has his entire cut off range.
Turn ($0.89) 9 A 4 7
CO bets $0.64, Hero raises to $2.24, CO raises to $4.82 and is all in
My raise seems awfully big coming to look at it. Maybe something in the realm of $1.80 if I were to do it again. The big question is, should I have even done it? What exactly should my raising range be here if any? I can certainly get called by a coupe of weaker aces (AJo, AJs, ATs and possibly ATo) whilst also getting called by better aces (Ak, A9s, A4s,A7s) plus the obvious sets.

April 16, 2018 | 12:21 p.m.

Yep knew it was a massive mistake but far too tilted. Cheers for the input buddy

March 23, 2018 | 1:57 p.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: AA on a 4 flush board
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $11.11
SB: $5.35 (Hero)
BB: $12.81
UTG: $6.15
MP: $7.27
CO: $6.33
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with A A
3 folds, BN raises to $0.15, Hero raises to $0.50, BB calls $0.45, BN folds
Overcalling villain is playing 18/7 over 28 hands. I put him on a relatively strong range of ATs+, 88+ with maybe some random suited connectors.
Flop ($1.15) 3 Q 2
Hero bets $0.70, BB calls $0.70
I think I should size up here. I am at least getting called by most pocket pairs once, charging flush draws and KQ,AQ type hands
Turn ($2.55) 3 Q 2 5
Hero bets $1.80, BB calls $1.80
Obviously the flush draw gets there but that isn't a huge part of his range in my opinion. I don't like the idea of checking and giving any diamond a free card (88+ with a diamond for example) I think I could possibly size up and commit myself regardless If I would have bet closer to pot on the flop then I would be left with a near pot sized bet left on this turn.
River ($6.15) 3 Q 2 5 7
Hero bets $2.35 and is all in, BB calls $2.35
Now I have to admit that I was totally tilted here and actually quit my session straight after. I think this spot here could have been avoided by sizing up in earlier streets?
Final Pot SB lost and shows a pair of Aces.
BB wins and shows a flush, Ace high.
BB wins $10.40
Rake is $0.45

March 20, 2018 | 11:55 a.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: Facing a check raise shove on the turn
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $5.00
SB: $5.96
BB: $5.59
UTG: $8.16
MP: $9.01
CO: $7.56 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is CO with Q A
UTG raises to $0.15, MP folds, Hero calls $0.15, 2 folds, BB calls $0.10
UTG was playing 31/28 with a 3bet stat over 23 from 40 hands. Against an aggro fish, raising UTG, I don't want to 3bet them and have to face a 4bet and putting myself in a horrible position. I would certainly being raising TT+ and AJs+ for value and could happily call the 4bet. AQo is just a little bit down on my range I think and therefore I elected to call.

BB (26/21 over 19 hands) could have a wide range obviously. Something like A9o+, 22+, suited aces/kings/connectors and most broadways
Flop ($0.47) A 9 2
BB checks, UTG bets $0.28, Hero calls $0.28, BB raises to $0.93, UTG folds, Hero calls $0.65
No need to raise if the aggro fish decides to go mental and barrell away, I call.
When the BB raises you would have to give him a range of TPGK type hands, flopped 2 pair, flush draws and sets, of which there is only 6.

Re raising might get all worse to fold and only keep in the 2 pair and sets. Maybe weak TP hands could call a shove? I once again elect to call .
Turn ($2.61) A 9 2 6
BB checks, Hero bets $1.50, BB raises to $4.51 and is all in
Once the BB checks then I should be going for value again any flush draws and weaker TP. Once he shoves then I feel I am in a relatively tight spot.

I lose to all sets and 2 pairs and flush draws have decent equity against me.
The maths shows I need roughly 33% equity to make this call. If I give him all flushdraws that I beat and then 2 pairs/sets and some TP that I beat then I only manage to get to around 32% equity. Adding all the random offsuit Aces and suited aces into the mix then It would be a clear call but I don't think many people would be checking raising them into 2 players.

March 8, 2018 | 1:49 p.m.

Cheers for the feedback once again guys. Glad my math was correct!

March 6, 2018 | 2:19 p.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: Limped in Fish overjams River
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $4.40
SB: $2.41
BB: $5.00 (Hero)
UTG: $8.46
MP: $5.39
CO: $10.02
Villain is playing 57/14 over 7 hands. Obvious fish even with limited hands due to stats and limping
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with Q Q
UTG folds, MP calls $0.05, 2 folds, SB calls $0.03, Hero raises to $0.24, MP calls $0.19, SB folds
Maybe could have bumped it up to .26c or even .30c
Flop ($0.53) T 8 8
Hero bets $0.32, MP raises to $0.64, Hero calls $0.32
Min raise could indicate a whole host of things. From limped in AA/KK, Any T, Any 8 and also random bluffs. I elect to simply call as I don't think, on average, that I would be in very good shape if we got it in here. Also by calling I keep in any bluffs (Which could be alot)
Turn ($1.81) T 8 8 J
Hero checks, MP bets $0.55, Hero calls $0.55
Similar situation to the previous and the board just became worse. With a bet of under 1/3 pot I tend to find these spots very polarising. If I elect to raise then I fold out any spewy bluffs that are deciding to continue and so, in my opinion, I only really have a option of calling. If I raise here what would call me that I beat? AT,QT,KT?
River ($2.91) T 8 8 J 6
Hero checks, MP bets $3.96 and is all in
If my maths serves me correctly, Risk/(Risk+Reward) then we need around 35% equity to make this call. Please let me know if I have this wrong!

March 5, 2018 | 2:24 p.m.

Thanks everyone who has chimed in. Going to go through the hand once again and just read through everyones thoughts twice over. Really appreciated

Feb. 27, 2018 | 1:55 p.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: Pocket Pair OOP in a 3bet Pot
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $8.87
SB: $2.63
BB: $6.94 (Hero)
UTG: $7.14
MP: $3.82
CO: $4.93
Villian is 29/24 over 18 hands. No 3bet stat or fold to 3bet stat but obviously small sample

However their stack is $2.95 so I assume they are a weaker player.

3bet for value
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with Q Q
2 folds, CO raises to $0.16, 2 folds, Hero raises to $0.48, CO calls $0.32
Pure value against a percieved weaker player
Flop ($0.98) J 3 T
Hero bets $0.50, CO calls $0.50
Bet for value. Getting called by a large majority of villains broadways.
Turn ($1.98) J 3 T T
Hero checks, CO bets $1.00, Hero calls $1.00
Seeing as this is, in theory, a weaker player I am now starting to think I should have bet the turn. Still getting called by AJ, KJ, JQs plus any draws (KQ, AQ, 89) I believe at the time that I trying to control the size of the pot whilst also giving villain options to either semi bluff with his draws or overplay any J they have.
River ($3.98) J 3 T T 6
Hero checks, CO bets $1.91, Hero calls $1.91
Too high up in my range vs a weaker player to ever consider folding.
Final Pot CO wins and shows three of a kind, Tens.
CO wins $7.48
Rake is $0.32

Feb. 23, 2018 | 5:56 p.m.

Comment | PokerVagabond commented on PokerVagabond

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Sept. 2, 2017 | 10:25 a.m.

May 18, 2017 | 10:17 p.m.

Comment | PokerVagabond commented on PokerVagabond

Cheers buddy! Nice to hear some positive feedback

and on that note, here's April 2017

May 1, 2017 | 5 p.m.

Comment | PokerVagabond commented on PokerVagabond

Monthly Roundup for March

My best month to date and things are heading in the right direction!

April 2, 2017 | 6:40 p.m.

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Guca Trumpet Festival

I took a random trip to a Trumpet Festival in Serbia. Here's how it went down!

March 22, 2017 | 11:55 a.m.

Hey sorry for lack of response. Been seriously ill with a massive dose of man flu so have only just returned to poker. Cheers for all your input!

March 22, 2017 | 11:51 a.m.

Comment | PokerVagabond commented on PokerVagabond

Monthly Roundup Feb

Still struggling away but still loving it!

March 1, 2017 | 2:04 p.m.

Thanks for the responses guys. Does anyone have an idea on how/when to use a blocker bet? Not saying that I WOULD use it in this spot but it's certainly interesting to have it in your arsenal.

March 1, 2017 | 1:54 p.m.

bump as no one commented ;)

Feb. 23, 2017 | 4:36 p.m.

Sadly you are wrong and he's absolutely right. As people have mentioned before, you can get enough info from one hand let alone 32. Obviously not a vast amount of date sometimes enough to sway a decision.

Feb. 23, 2017 | 4:35 p.m.

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