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Comment | Sextonhardcastle commented on FT line check

Given its a FT I would tend to use smaller sizing on the flop with my range to keep spr higher given the coulpe of shorter stacks at the table and the one giant stack. Not taking a big hit to your stack seems important and being in position you get to dictate how big the pot is going to get more often than not. I would barrel turn and likely fold to a c/raise at any point cause this is a board people dont bluff vs the pfr very often from the bb.

I might be wrong about the smaller sizing on the flop. Getting players to stick in money now with dominated hands before the board becomes scary for them to call or you to bet has a lot of value. But im not sure where the balance is between that and ICM considerations from lowering the SPR

Aug. 3, 2019 | 2:22 a.m.

Calling or shoving but without any more info mainly shoving. In my experience this deep into a live tournament the majority of players are going to overfold to the shove.

Main reason to call instead of shove is if I thought the Table is too tight and players don't defend their bb nearly enough leading to a lot of great stealing opportunities where I can accumulate a lot of chips without getting all in/going to showdowns.

When you do get called you have a hand that is behind but will realize decent equity that if you win you get to start pushing everyone around, picking up lots of free chips and have a great shot at winning the tourney

Aug. 3, 2019 | 2:10 a.m.

Won a small $50 on ignition and got 3rd in the acr $15 20k guarantee. Gets me back to even for the month. Feel like i played fairly well at the acr final table. Incorporated a lot more limping in my strategy at awkward stack sizes when there's icm pressure. I'm still experimenting a lot with this but opponents dont seem to aggressively attack the limp and play more face up. so even though im making some mistakes with it as i figure out my limping strategy, I think opponents are playing much worse vs me than if i had just min raised pre.

I do think my game gets weaker once 3 handed. I think im not finding the spots to barrel my no equity bluffs and not being aggressive enough. I think I dont 3bet enough either vs population tendencies. In general i think players are opening their button too much to the point they cant defend vs 3bets very well. So definitely need to improve there.

July 25, 2019 | 5:40 p.m.

seems fine

July 24, 2019 | 7:11 p.m.

The problem here is the king hits your opponent more often than it hits you. You're repping Kx 7x and thats it so its a narrow value range. If the river was a brick I think you rep a stronger range. A lot of players will check their kx because they expect opponents to try and bluff the k and because of the small flop bet your range is still pretty wide and lots of players in your situation end up overbluffing vs a turn check back. so those are the reason i can see for him calling. I think AJ is not a good call by him but thats besides the point.

Your bluff is probably fine. for example i would never bluff Ax here because we would be way overbluffing. but as always a lot depends on opponents tendencies. i would make sure to make a note on the villain about this hand to try and exploit that hes likely overcalling in the future and to make thinner value bets.

July 24, 2019 | 7:10 p.m.

early stages shouldnt be much different than cash games. Learning push fold charts is important to have an idea what you can profitably shove from each position at different stack. the snapshove app is good for this (costs like $15?) Understanding what hands you can 3b shove at different stack sizes and vs what opening ranges is very important for mid/late stages. Like rich said I think ryan martin has a bunch of stuff in the essential membership that would probably be helpful

July 24, 2019 | 6:59 p.m.

Live wsopc type events you're going to face a wide array player types. Pay close attention to showdowns and what hands people show up with. Early-mid stages players call way too much preflop and postflop with lots of limping. In general I would be overlimping a lot of suited ax kx connectors/gappers in position and not iso rasing the limp. My open raise size is going to be much bigger than a standard 2-2.5x in the early stages and im going to try and steal much less often. Basically, i'm not going to try and bluff much and im just going to try and extract max value. Likewise mainly just be 3betting for value. If I have hands like AQ AK AJs 77+ and less than 35/40bb I might try to limp shove in early and early mid positions, particularly if there's a couple players at the table who seem to attack limps. The reason for this is you'll get a lot of overlimpers and or a raise plus a call where there's just so much dead money in the middle when action gets back around to you.

The other reason is when you open 2-3x you generally wont get 3b except by good hands but you'll often go to the flop 3-4 way in a bloated pot oop and its very hard to win without making a decent hand.

when flatting an open just realize the pot often goes multiway which means you really shouldnt be bluffing much postflop so you should be flatting hands that make clear value hands and very strong draws.

early/mid stages not double triple barreling much at all unless i have read the other player is weak or not willing to call down or i have a lot of equity / really good board runout (ex cbet QJ on 9 high flop turn K river A)

Once you get closer to the bubble late mid stages players start to tighten up a lot of ppl try to survive. this is where you can put a lot of pressure on ppl. steal alot bluff a lot. Things stay similar to this once all the super short stacks bust after bubble. The avg player plays to tight and doesnt want to bust. Obviously there are exeptions of fishy players playing aggressive/spazzy or good players playing well.

Keep in mind there are lots of fish in these tournaments. You dont have to get in high variance pissing matches with good players in close spots. If a spot seems close and youre not sure what to do its always ok to fold and just wait for a good spot. they will come up. You have fold equity vs a lot of players at much shorter stack sizes than you would online. For example shoving 4-8bbs vs a lot of players bb will get way more folds than it should.

July 24, 2019 | 6:55 p.m.

Made deep run in $215 sunday special but got knocked out in 16th. Was chip leader with 23 left. Was getting away with a lot of 3bets. I 3bet bb v btn who was opening 80% over large sample with high fold to 3b. got a little carried away and 3bet him again very next bbvbtn with 94o. My thought was to mainly give up postflop if called unless it was a great runout. Flop K35r I cbet 1/3 pot he called. Turn was As. I jammed for close to pot and got snapped off by K9ss that turned flush draw. I'm ok with how i played the hand postflop but should not have 3bet preflop without blockers and should have likely waited a little bit or unitl i got a strong had due to how I had played the ast couple orbits. Still had bunch of chips but lost all in on flop with set vs flush draw and lost a couple more hands that Im ok with how i played. But just a situation that if i had the chips back from the 94 hand I could have still made a big score.

Also ran deep in the $22 40k guarantee tonight. knocked out in 13th. Was at good tables with decent stack but eventually lose a couple hands in a row and get 3b when Im at the bottom of my range and quickly at 15-20bb stack. Eventually got all in and lost in a coinflip 3b shoving 66. Pretty much how the last month has gone. I make a mistake that cost me chips where I would have still had a shot to win the tournament even after taking a beat or losing a few hands. Or just going deep losing a flip or cooler and not cashing for anything relevant.

Probably take tomorrow off to study and get a few things done and give ignition some time to work out whatever problems cause all their mtts to go down tonight.

July 23, 2019 | 6:30 a.m.

yeah never folding preflop btu i would open smaller like 2.5x preflop. makes things easier with a lot of hands when 3bet adn doesnt bloat the pot as much oop

July 21, 2019 | 8:32 p.m.

You raise utg pre ante and sb makes a decent sized 3b. AK AQ AA KK QQ JJ are all reasonable for sb to have preflop. Most ppl use A5s or suited wheel aces as 3b bluffs and not 45s 56s 67s qjs etc. Especially at this stage of tournament this deep oop vs a 3x utg. So I cant really see villain having a hand you beat. Also, if players have air as the aggressor in a 3bet pot, they almost always cbet the ace high board. when they check they often have weak Ax they bluffed with preflop, top set, AK/AQ theyre playing tricky or afraid to cbet and get raised and the pairs that hate seeing an ace on flop : JJ-KK. I think I would fold any hand that doesnt beat QQ. And I dont think I have a raising range on this turn because I have no bluffs I want to raise here. If I do decide to bluff it will be on river with 67s 87s or raggy suited ax i called pre(but i wouldnt bluff often cause i dont think ppl will fold AQ AK Ax etc often enough). And i would also play 99 55 9x AK AQ that way

July 21, 2019 | 5 a.m.

non icm btn should peeling 3b. I would still be peeling 3b here vs a lot of players but everything gets so player dependent when we get into FT scenarios. slight changes in how players play can drastically change how id approach the situation. some recs are going to just avoid playing postflop, some are going to be like "how can i fold a suited ace on btn?" and peel then overfold postflop.

Whether or not you should peel on btn depends a lot on opponent and how comfortable you feel playing postflop

July 17, 2019 | 6:49 a.m.

As played On turn I would mostly check. I think you're going to have a tough time getting 9x 8x 66 77 JT etc to fold. 55 and 67s also got there. You do beat the QT QJ JT hands if villain checks down. And you have good equity to call a bet. Also, stacks are such that you really dont want him to shove on you if you bet. I think you only need 26% equity to call shove which you have vs non sets/straights. Plus if villain ever shoves a hand like JThh QThh you're crushing.

However, I think your bet sizing on the flop needs to be different. Your range does not have many 9x 8x 3x. You're range is mostly high card overcards, 44-77, and overpairs and some sets.

Villains range is going to be a lot of small-med pairs suited connectors, suited aces and high card hands.

I would want to check my strong Ax hands that keep in villains dominated high card hands and have showdown value. I would check my 44-77, AA, check 8x check 9x hands that turn straight draws (T9s J9s). Im not sure if i would check or bet my QT QJ gut shots with two overs

I would use a big sizing of around 80% pot when i bet and set up a shove on turn with my A9s TT-KK A2s-A7s and JTs KTs KJs. The big bet will get the AQ AJ AT KQ KJ KT type hands to fold which dominate your bluffs. and it lets you bluff shove turn when you have equity (and give up with the A2-A7 on non A/K turns when you have no draw)

This also gets villain to stick in their stack vs your big pairs on flop/turn when they flop a pair or have a med/small pocket pair or a draw before the board gets too scary

July 17, 2019 | 6:45 a.m.

shove seems fine

July 17, 2019 | 5:21 a.m.

I hate facing the big button raise. Players are just overly strong pretty often. I think it matters a lot if villain normally uses a different sizing. I always take a note on players who make big raises so i can see if that remains constant or if there's bet sizing tells. If this player normally doesnt 3x I would just fold. You could still just be up against 44 88 TT AK AT etc. Maintaining a stack is important to be able to 3b and get folds or shoving and getting folds

Im not great at sit n go icm but calling means you're very frequently getting all in on the flop or folding and losing a decent chunk of your stack. I dont know what the right answer is as no option seems great here, but I'm ok with folding.

July 17, 2019 | 5:16 a.m.

Default I would shove AK. How aggressive villain has been and how we expect them to play moving forward matters a lot. If they're the type that thinks they can put on a lot of pressure just cause they have big stack then I think we're printing money by shoving any pair and a lot of Ax and broadway hands. Against an opponent being aggro I think we want to flat the hands that dominate their 3bets and shove the ones that that are tough to play postflop and can get better hands to fold. So if theyre playing very aggro a hand like JT QT QJ A2s-A8s might make a pretty good 3b shove. But flatting KQ AJ AQ ATs A9s might be better because you can cooler them postflop. But it also might just be better to shove everything thats profitable just because you wont get into weird postflop spots and growing your stack will force them to slow down.

If Villain is pretty tight or not pushing their chip advantage then flatting preflop with most hands you continue with here makes a lot of sense.

In general I'm going to be more likely to call the big suited aces than shove. My strategy changes so much based on how the other two players are playing. In spots like these I Really want to avoid being the one calling all in and I want to be the one who's shoving all in. A lot of players are too afraid to risk their stack and dwindle down just to have 3rd place chips up a few times then end up being the short stack yourself. Players also tend to overfold for their stack because of ICM so I like to find good spots to be the aggressor and overbluff a little bit

July 17, 2019 | 5 a.m.

Frustrating day. Feel like I played pretty well and stayed focused. But had a moment deep in a 20k guarantee where i was preparing food and misread my hand as AT (it was A4) and the big stack sb shoved 30bb effective. I called and lost to A5. Had i read my hand correctly i would have folded. I think he has something like Ax, any two broadway, all med/small pairs

Made some deep runs on igniton but fell short and got 10th in $150 buy in for $700ish and 1st was 9500. big stack was 24bb i was in 7th with 12bb and shoved a3o on btn and got called by 77. Its a profitable icm shove. I think I'd prefer to raise fold pretty often here but both the sb and bb were near top in chips and active in raising and calling their bb and my hand plays awful postflop and they have to play pretty tight vs a shove since its for 50-60% of their stack. Vs a lot of the other players who are not defending bb enough i think min raise fold is better.

July 15, 2019 | 5:31 a.m.

i dont think hrc has sit n go coach type thing or future game considerations. I'll have to look into it and see how i like it.

Im not sure if the KJ shove will really show much in any of the programs as players on ignition do not come close to correctly calling with icm considerations. either way ill have to go back through and find the hand later to see what all the stack sizes are so the hand can be ran

July 14, 2019 | 4:21 a.m.

I disagree with the raising 4x with the 55-88. Its so ingrained in live players heads to limp and try to flop a set with the small-med pairs. Especially as we've seen this player already limp a lot. The 4x type hands i tend to see here on are more like AK AQ 99-AA with random kqs jts types thrown in there. I think if it was deeper in tourney with smaller stacks and antes villain would be more likely to 4x the smaller and med pairs... but even then i still see a lot of limping. I also think its not just a raising for protection on the flop so much as villain just sees their hand as a strong hand. they have an overpair and think they should raise.

That being said Im not thrilled about getting it in which is why i like limping preflop. Live tournaments have so many bad players that you get a lot of juicy high ev spots that i dont want to put myself in a dicey spot oop this deep.

July 14, 2019 | 4:17 a.m.

i dont think having a club is really relevant here so that doesnt matter to me much. If you think he just never really has AK here then folding flop makes sense but i try not to get too carried away. 30bb is still enough that a lot of ppl dont like jamming but it probably does remove some amount of ak from his range.

July 14, 2019 | 4:07 a.m.

i dont think having a club is really relevant here so that doesnt matter to me much. If you think he just never really has AK here then folding flop makes sense but i try not to get too carried away. 30bb is still enough that a lot of ppl dont like jamming but it probably does remove some amount of ak from his range.

July 14, 2019 | 4:06 a.m.

Both. you have the ace blocker and they dont play great as a call. they dominate suited 8x 9x and suited small aces that btn calls and given ft / icm pressure combined with stack size i think villain is not going to float a cbet. They'll probably shove or fold vs cbet pretty often.

July 14, 2019 | 4:01 a.m.

I think i just go with it as played. Villain can have A4s, some amount of flush draws, 33 55 66 77 88 some random wtf hands. 99 TT JJ QQ A2s. I would think hed limp reraise AA KK. Assuming the limpers are limping a lot I would like a shove if there were another two limpers and trying to just pick up 1000 chips.

But given the action I would just limp in from sb and see the flop. You're too deep that you're going to have to play turns postflop. There are not a ton of great flops for your hand that you feel good about getting your stack in. And live tournaments this early players dont like to fold so you're going to get called very often by 1 or two players and be oop the whole hand. I think TT is the first pair I would raise here.

July 13, 2019 | 10:57 p.m.

I think its perfectly reasonable to flat or 3b KJo here. I would never fold it facing a single raise from btn. QTs my initial reaction is flatting seems pretty good. shoving is ok if you know villain is opening button pretty wide and wont call off light. shoving is also ok for just chip ev but I think flatting or 3b normal will usually be more profitable. Given that you're in 2nd but also close in chips with everyone except big stack you really dont want to bust here on a marginal shove.

So i think i like flatting more than anything else. would prefer to 3bet fold A8o A9o A6s A4s KTo K8s etc. If you all were 20bb eff I 3b shove everytime.

July 13, 2019 | 10:46 p.m.

I'd say theyre a pretty good tool for learning icm, push/fold, etc. Edge is small cause of the structure. really just depends on what your goals are. I prefer the big field, high edge, high payout mtts

July 13, 2019 | 10:30 p.m.

got to call once on flop. ak makes up such a heavy portion of his range. there are 16 combos of AK 6 combos of AA 6 of KK 6 of QQ (3 on flop). A 4% 3b range looks like 99+ AQs AK. Often these very tight 3bettors flat AQ preflop. Also, 3b shoves go into that tight 3betting number. so if you have hands on hi where he 3b shoved 77 or AT sbvbtn for 15bb that inflates the 3b number. small sample of hands but I think he's less likely to have AQ here than most players.

Add in flatting AA or JJ pre some of the time and not cbetting QQ or JJ some of the time. I'd say AK makes up about 40% of his cbet range here. Also, you expect him to play fairly straightforward so you can confidently fold if he barrels turn. Unless you have a read that he never bluffs preflop or never 3bets AK this small I dont see how you can do anything other than call preflop, call flop, fold turn.

July 13, 2019 | 10:24 p.m.

Comment | Sextonhardcastle commented on HJ SNG $3

Is there antes in play or just the blinds?

July 8, 2019 | 4:11 p.m.

I run a lot of spots in holdem resource calculator. I'm not too familiar with icmizer. Any idea how the two differ?

July 7, 2019 | 7:03 p.m.

Im opening any suited ace utg while antes are in play unless its a tough table. And thats when its not on the bubble. I do play a bit on the loose side though.

The small raise size could be indication of KK+ but it could also be an indication of someone who doesnt know what theyre doing in a $10 mtt. The problem is you have a person behind you who is likely to call when you call and this hands value tanks multiway. Often you're against a better ace and pocket pair higher than 6. It's also harder to bluff multiway meaning you need to flop a flush draw, two pair or trip 6s to want to get any money in the pot. So I think you went the resonable route here and just folded. I think shoving is too spewy without reads on the 3bettor. The sizing doesnt mean the 3bettor is super strong but it does increase the likelihood he shows up with KK+. Also its a $10 mtt so ppl are less likely to care if they bubble than a higher buy in with a smaller field. And you're near the bubble not actually on the bubble. All those lead me to not wanting to 4b shove here

July 5, 2019 | 4:03 p.m.

My avg buy in is somewhere around $65. I keep about 200 buy ins available to be used as entry fees with the more in various investments/accounts I can liquidate and transfer either to bank accounts or poker sites within a week if needed. When I win a decent chunk in a tourney I withdraw and put a certain amount in my bank account for living expenses and the rest into other investments.

July 3, 2019 | 9:04 p.m.

I play mostly mid with some mix of high stakes mtts online and the occasional live mtt. I keep a decent chunk of bankroll just available for buying in to mtts but then put the rest into various investments that could be liquidated back into cash reasonably quickly if i needed access to it.

July 2, 2019 | 4 p.m.

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