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Shifty

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When playing micros you should be taking exploitative measures but it does help to understand what you should do in a certain spot in theory. At the end you are here to learn and go higher and you don't want to pay lots of money for your mistakes.

Villains might not consciously understand who has the advantage but unconsciously they will still overfold in certain spots. You just need to have in mind that they will be likely more reluctant to let go some strong but dominated hand like TPGK or so.
Good example is a range bet with low sizing. It works vs fishes, abc regs. They might don't understand how ranges interact but they do overfold so it makes very profitable play.

I think the case here is to find balance to not overthink and expect villain to understand what you are trying to represent. Here is where exploit comes.You overfold vs unexpected aggression even when theory says otherwise while still being aware what correct play should be vs a skilled villain.

This is why you can beat lower stakes playing solid but unbalanced, tightish strategy. Nobody's gonna exploit you. When you start learning advanced concepts you can get lost in a way you don't adapt to villains level. So you can go back and play inferior but still profitable strategy or learn to adapt while still knowing what's the theory-wise optimal play.

Aug. 22, 2019 | 8:24 p.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: A7s OOP FD on flop
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (5 Players) UTG: $5.00
CO: $5.30
BN: $4.70
SB: $5.00
BB: $5.00 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with 7 A
UTG folds, CO raises to $0.15, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.10
Flop ($0.32) Q 5 K
Hero checks, CO bets $0.16, Hero raises to $0.60, CO calls $0.44
Turn ($1.52) Q 5 K 4
Hero bets $1.00, CO calls $1.00
River ($3.52) Q 5 K 4 8
Hero checks, CO bets $3.37, Hero folds

Aug. 21, 2019 | 7:09 p.m.

"What solid players overcall with in those spots?"
If MP is a rec SB might be overcalling even with hands that should be a 4-bet here to invite MP into pot. Might be less frequent while he's OOP but I wouldn't discount that.

Aug. 16, 2019 | 6:45 a.m.

Comment | Shifty commented on Studying

Besides all technicall stuff, work on your mindset and develop a professional aproach to the game. You can find good material in Leszek Badurowicz book here on RIO and also Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler. Leszek's book is especially good as it touches concepts not directly related to poker but also to daily life like time management, prioritizng tasks and setting goals. I owned this book long before it was available in English here on RIO and it really helps me, using it to this day.

Jared Tendler book is also nice lots of info about psychology related to poker.

July 20, 2019 | 6:02 p.m.

Comment | Shifty commented on 88 in a 3-Bet Pot OOP

Hi, I suppose in general people 3-bet tight vs early opens. in theory 99+,ATs+,A5s-A2s,KJs+,QJs,65s,54s,AQo+ but might be even tighter maybe without bluffs like 65s, 54s.
The range I'm sure about would be 99-QQ, AQs and then hands like 77-88, AJs, KQs, QJs, JTs which would be calls vs a lower sizing like 8bb but vs 9bbs seems to be borderline. Thanks for analysis.

July 20, 2019 | 5:07 p.m.

If I get squeezed I'm folding that particular hand. What raise size do you propose?

July 20, 2019 | 3:49 p.m.

I don't have much of a calling range pre CO vs MP, I prefer to play 3-Bet/fold strategy. The reason I have called is that there was a weaker player behind and on the micro stakes people don't squeeze that much. Still I'm not sure what's better EV in that situation to 3-bet or flat.

Hero default 3-bet range: 99+,ATs+,A5s-A2s,KJs+,QJs,65s,54s,AQo+, sometimes TT-JJ, AQs flat
MP range: 66+,A2s+,K9s+,QTs+,J9s+,T9s,98s,87s,ATo+,KJo+

As you can see I'm not flatting 33 or 44 here but if I see a weak player behind then I'm flatting all weak pocket pairs due to implied odds. What should be optimal sizing to raise flop? Thanks for analysis.

July 20, 2019 | 3:48 p.m.

Comment | Shifty commented on AKo 4-Bet Pot OOP

The 4x open was due to the fish on the SB. My 4-bet bluffs would be something from A5s-A2s, KTs but not all of them, maybe 50% from that range? Guy was 3betting 4.2 after 214 hands, 6.2 from the BTN so I would choose maybe A5-A3s.

July 14, 2019 | 11:01 a.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: 88 in a 3-Bet Pot OOP
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) UTG: $4.93
MP: $5.18 (Hero)
CO: $5.07
BN: $5.05
SB: $4.95
BB: $5.20
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is MP with 8 8
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.15, CO raises to $0.45, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.30
Flop ($0.97) 4 5 7
Hero checks, CO bets $0.60, Hero calls $0.60
Turn ($2.17) 4 5 7 2
Hero checks, CO bets $1.35, Hero folds

July 14, 2019 | 10:57 a.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: T9s 3-Bet OOP line check
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (4 Players) CO: $5.00
BN: $5.83
SB: $5.32 (Hero)
BB: $5.19
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with T 9
CO raises to $0.15, BN folds, Hero raises to $0.60, BB folds, CO calls $0.45
Flop ($1.25) 6 T 3
Hero bets $0.40, CO calls $0.40
Turn ($2.05) 6 T 3 5
Hero bets $1.90, CO folds

July 14, 2019 | 10:52 a.m.

Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (5 Players) BN: $5.00
SB: $20.39
BB: $5.46
UTG: $8.12
CO: $5.80 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is CO with A A
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.15, 2 folds, BB raises to $0.50, Hero calls $0.35
Flop ($1.02) 5 9 3
BB bets $0.70, Hero calls $0.70
Turn ($2.42) 5 9 3 6
BB bets $1.74, Hero calls $1.74
River ($5.90) 5 9 3 6 7
BB bets $2.52 and is all in, Hero calls $2.52

July 14, 2019 | 10:50 a.m.

Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (4 Players) BB: $5.00
CO: $5.25
BN: $5.00
SB: $5.00 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with A 5
CO raises to $0.15, BN folds, Hero raises to $0.60, BB folds, CO calls $0.45
Flop ($1.25) A 8 T
Hero bets $0.60, CO calls $0.60
Turn ($2.45) A 8 T 4
Hero checks, CO checks
River ($2.45) A 8 T 4 5
Hero bets $1.18, CO calls $1.18

July 14, 2019 | 10:29 a.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: Flopped set, line check
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) SB: $5.00
BB: $4.53
UTG: $5.00
MP: $5.45 (Hero)
CO: $4.42
BN: $5.06
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is MP with J J
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.15, CO folds, BN raises to $0.45, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.30
Flop ($0.97) J Q 3
Hero checks, BN bets $0.48, Hero calls $0.48
Turn ($1.93) J Q 3 9
Hero checks, BN bets $0.90, Hero calls $0.90
River ($3.73) J Q 3 9 Q
Hero checks, BN checks

July 14, 2019 | 10:21 a.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: 3-Bet Pot Aggressor Checked Twice OOP
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (5 Players) SB: $9.40
BB: $7.47
UTG: $8.97
CO: $4.75
BN: $8.41 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with Q A
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.12, SB raises to $0.50, BB folds, Hero calls $0.38
Flop ($1.05) 2 2 6
SB checks, Hero checks
Turn ($1.05) 2 2 6 9
SB checks, Hero bets $0.51, SB calls $0.51
River ($2.07) 2 2 6 9 5
SB checks, Hero checks

July 14, 2019 | 10:05 a.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: Playing FD+gutshot and overcard in position
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BB: $5.91
UTG: $5.34
MP: $5.09
CO: $5.56 (Hero)
BN: $9.25
SB: $6.45
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is CO with 5 A
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.15, 3 folds
Flop ($0.37) 3 4 T
MP bets $0.12, Hero raises to $0.36, MP calls $0.24
Turn ($1.09) 3 4 T 9
MP checks, Hero bets $0.80, MP calls $0.80
River ($2.69) 3 4 T 9 K
MP checks, Hero checks

July 11, 2019 | 9:13 p.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: SRP AQo IP - flopped TPTK and turn is a K
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) CO: $5.00
BN: $5.41 (Hero)
SB: $5.85
BB: $6.23
UTG: $3.71
MP: $4.93
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with Q A
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, SB calls $0.13, BB folds
Flop ($0.35) Q 6 9
SB bets $0.15, Hero raises to $0.55, SB calls $0.40
Turn ($1.45) Q 6 9 K
SB checks, Hero checks
River ($1.45) Q 6 9 K T
SB bets $0.70, Hero calls $0.70

July 11, 2019 | 9:13 p.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: Strange aggression on dry board
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (3 Players) BB: $3.02
BN: $5.00 (Hero)
SB: $5.04
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with K Q
Hero raises to $0.15, SB calls $0.13, BB folds
Flop ($0.38) 6 6 Q
SB checks, Hero bets $0.12, SB raises to $0.46, Hero calls $0.34
Turn ($1.30) 6 6 Q 7
SB bets $1.06, Hero calls $1.06
River ($3.42) 6 6 Q 7 J
SB bets $3.36 and is all in, Hero folds

July 11, 2019 | 9:12 p.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: JTs 3-Bet Pot IP
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (5 Players) BB: $4.63
UTG: $10.42
CO: $6.07
BN: $5.05 (Hero)
SB: $8.11
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with J T
UTG folds, CO raises to $0.12, Hero raises to $0.35, SB calls $0.33, BB folds, CO calls $0.23
Flop ($1.10) K 6 4
SB checks, CO checks, Hero bets $0.53, SB folds, CO calls $0.53
Turn ($2.16) K 6 4 4
CO checks, Hero checks
River ($2.16) K 6 4 4 3
CO bets $2.35, Hero calls $2.35

July 11, 2019 | 9:12 p.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: AKo 4-Bet Pot OOP
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) UTG: $2.76
MP: $2.52
CO: $5.00 (Hero)
BN: $5.00
SB: $5.18
BB: $5.00
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is CO with K A
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.20, BN raises to $0.55, 2 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, BN calls $0.95
Flop ($3.07) J 7 Q
Hero bets $3.50 and is all in, BN folds

July 11, 2019 | 9:11 p.m.

Hand History | Shifty posted in NLHE: BTN vs BB 3-Bet pot, twice checked
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BB: $5.91
UTG: $5.34
MP: $5.09
CO: $5.56 (Hero)
BN: $9.25
SB: $6.45
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is CO with 5 A
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.15, 3 folds
Flop ($0.37) 3 4 T
MP bets $0.12, Hero raises to $0.36, MP calls $0.24
Turn ($1.09) 3 4 T 9
MP checks, Hero bets $0.80, MP calls $0.80
River ($2.69) 3 4 T 9 K
MP checks, Hero checks

July 11, 2019 | 9:10 p.m.

I think the key is the assumption of a player type?

If we assume that he is a solid reg then he's correctly defending vs a 3-bet. If he opens 40-50% of hands then in theory he should defend 50% of this range so around 20-25% of that. Also he has a position over us which also decreases our fold equity. If he would be a ABC reg opening same range but overfolding to 3-bets then our FE would be pretty huge because he would continue like 1/5 of the range he opens instead of 1/2.

In the example you've mentioned where tight CO opens - we have following:
1. Tight player - he will open tighter than general thus his range will have more concentration of strong hands BUT as he is tight then he will propably overfold to a 3-bets more than strong balanced player.
2. He will be OOP in a 3-bet pot which increases our FE.

I hope that all makes sense and please correct me if I'm wrong.

May 27, 2019 | 8:27 p.m.

Post | Shifty posted in Courses Forum: How do you memorize pre-flop ranges?

Hi there,

What are your techniques to memorize and understand preflop-ranges in most efficient way? Don't get me wrong I'm not saying to memorize each single hand on the chart but to just have general and precise idea what to do with each hand.

As for me I try to memorize bottom hands and after that I go to Equilab and create those ranges from a scratch then delete and repeat that multiple times. I also read notes from the series which explain what each group of hands is good for.
Still I wonder how people memorize for example mixed ranges with different frequencies...

May 27, 2019 | 8:13 p.m.

Post | Shifty posted in Courses Forum: Creating 3-Bet Defense Ranges

Hi there,

I'm currently working on my preflop ranges and as we know for a default it's good to defend 50% of the opening raise range vs a 3-Bet. So what I did is to try to achieve around 50% of combos from the initial ranges proposed in the series. So this is not rocket science and I tried to fold hands like dominated offsuit cards, suited gappers and weaker suited connectors plus bottom pocket pairs leaving only strongest suited hands and broadways + value and bluff 4-bet range.

The more complicated thing for me which I want to ask here about is how to know which hands is gonna be good enough to value 4-bet, Should I run some default 3-bet range vs a given position and compare how much equity does those hands have? If yes then what would be a good equity threshold to qualify a hand for a 4-Bet bluff?

As for the 4-Bet bluffs is the 1:1 bluff:value ratio good because that's how the default Peter's CO range was created?

Also if it's good to create general ranges like EP vs 3-bet instead of EP vs MP/CO/BU etc 3-bet? For example my EP value 4-bet range is nonexistent vs a OOP 3-bettor because I flat even the top of a range.

Thanks

May 27, 2019 | 8:03 p.m.

Maybe do your own transcripts aka notes? Will help you to understand content and offer possibility to come back to your notes in future? :)

I'm currently at 21 episode and already did 69 pages of notes including screenshots from slides.

May 2, 2019 | 11:47 a.m.

Hey st4ckem!
Based on what I've learned from the series so far range bet means that you basically do it with most of the range. You have position and range advantage on that kind of a dry board. So if you have 2nd pair as you mentioned you should still make a c-bet. Villain range is capped because he didn't make a 3-bet so you have more nutted hands there. If you check and he has something like KTo you are allowing him to realize his equity - he is having 6 outs so betting should be done here for protection and also value.

April 1, 2019 | 6:52 p.m.

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