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Comment | Simon Ash commented on Can you get away?

How low are the low stacks? What is the 'M' here...?

and if you fold, you'll have to push all-in fairly soon anyway and AJ is a pretty good holding to be $0.5 it's debatable whether big stack is leveraging against you but they may be...

All questions you should be thinking about..

Dec. 13, 2015 | 8:57 a.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on AA & NFD on flop

Yeah top set is possible but I think against a guy playing that wide it's a bit MUBSy to just say, oh no he has do block it to a point as have tp, nfd and a ton of backdoor draws here - and are in position, not a bad situation tbh...

Sept. 6, 2015 | 7 a.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on Grinding Mixed Games

GL with the mixed game stuff; if you're the same guy who posts on 2+2 LHE forum keep going with it.....

I have yet to find a tracker for the Stud games - if you find one that works; drop me a line!!

Sept. 6, 2015 | 6:57 a.m.


I don't think people would have an issue with PS being thorough it's the way they do it and tone that they use.

In the UK, where PS are based, there is the presumption of innocence.....PS seem to have forgotten this in this case - fine mistakes are made; the person who wrote the letter should be sending an apology for the tone used....(NOT for the content per se)..

Aug. 10, 2015 | 7:51 a.m.

Nice; you might also have asked for the full name of the person dealing with the account.....makes it easier to make a formal complaint if needed...


Aug. 8, 2015 | 7:16 a.m.

Since the second pot is heads up I wonder what difference it could possibly make....

Typical of PS, they blatantly ignore the outright collusion by the Russians/Ukrainians in Stud games and come up with this...and yeah their Customer Service team could do with some work...


Aug. 7, 2015 | 8:21 p.m.

Based on your description you have to fold I think.....

Am also slightly surprised by the turn lead, after being x/r by this guy. If he is weak and straightforward you could check and expect him to bet his Ten (which is what he probably has)

Aug. 4, 2015 | 8:49 a.m.

You got massive amounts of money in with far and away the best of it....wp but u/l

July 28, 2015 | 7:47 p.m.

Hand 1 is easy open; and it was A2/3 it's also an easy open......

that being said, in MTT's you do want to try and reduce the this a mix game MTT (in which case how good are you at Razz in relation to the other people, is Razz your best game etc ?) or a Razz MTT (in which case you should know the answer anyway!!)

Hand 2 is CLEAR fold, especially in MTT..

Hand 3 is close - a lot depends on what you think of the other players and their ranges...

May 22, 2015 | 7:34 p.m.

Think you have to b/f beat exactly nothing of any value he has at all.....

May 3, 2015 | 9:30 p.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on Tax in the UK

NI contributes to the state pension - obviously this depends on how much you pay and for how long....

Poker is not my income so I am not well versed on how/if you pay NI from Poker only..

April 23, 2015 | 5:53 p.m.

Glad for you Jonna - has been a totally sh1te week of LHE/Stud 8 for me.....ho hum, keep on trucking...

April 20, 2015 | 9:09 p.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on Tax in the UK

It is 100% tax free for UK Subjects there are no citizens as we are a monarchy wouldn't stake my life on it being that for non UK subjects.

Fwiw - there is an election here in May and quite likely to be an emergency budget (Finance Act) if we change govt....

April 14, 2015 | 9 p.m.

Depending on how far you'd have to get to make that kind of $ it looks interesting.....I mean; Somerville, Seiver, Esfandiari, Selbst leap into mind....not to mention PG, Coleman, Sauce.....

April 14, 2015 | 8:57 p.m.

Why check turn when the A hits..........LOTS of nice things can happen and it puts UTG in a nasty place with 1 player still to act behind have trips; a decent lo draw and draws to a, if it goes raise/3 bet (which I think is unlikely given the lack of action but....) you can get out for no further damage...

April 10, 2015 | 6:25 a.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on 2pair BB vs SB

He also might well put you on busted clubs and is just trying to take it away...Call and make note is the obvious answer - but it's easy when it's not your money!!

April 10, 2015 | 6:20 a.m.

still not working.....and its almost 10pm in the UK btw....

April 8, 2015 | 8:51 p.m.

I play a fair bit of LHE - not that many tournaments although I do play some 8game/, here goes fwiw.

Your thought processes seem a little jumbled to be honest. If you are not so worried about busting 10th or 8th (and I agree 100%); then call the raise from the CO; and check-raise the flop or fold if you think he has an Ace - plug some ranges in and it's a check-raise for me as I think he has other things in his range as well (you are 46% against a top 20% range for example); especially as he flatted a speculative hand from SB vs loose button open which is pretty bad imo (5BB deep anyway). If you are worried about playing LHE oop then just fold and move on if you think he is tighter than that pre-flop...

Re LHE and x/r raise; the answer to your question is 1000000% yes. Most half decent LHE players flat their entire range in the BB; thus allowing us to have a lovely, balanced x/r range. Against CO/BTN open this should be second pair or better plus some draws (those with no s/d value for instance). It is slightly different with the A on board as it hits a lot of his range - hence I think you should x/r or fold. (Although if you were planning to fold a pair on the flop, fold pre-flop and save the 1/2 bet)

With that kind of x/r range you get value from a lot or worse hands as well...if you can x/r flush draws and gutters then KQ is going to stick around or medium pocket pairs will stick around and so on...also; him folding is not a disaster at the moment either (villain should be c-betting in that spot should be around 97%). You are right in that you don't have to x/r with huge hands to get value - although being oop you are risking losing tons of bets if turn goes x/x, which is criminal in LHE - but what about when you flop marginal/strong hands like this one. You need to have big hands in your range or people won't even consider folding as the price they are getting is too great.
You are thinking like a NLHE player - you cannot 'protect' your hand in the same way as the odds are too good; you can charge people the max to draw and you can extract value. Btw; had you flopped J9x you don't want to bet all in to get him to fold; you want to encourage him to call drawing almost dead, yes I've had lots of people hit 1-2 outers on me and I've wanted to smash my computer - but count the number of pots I've won by straight up value betting/semi-bluffing.....

You also speak about check/shoving turns - this is LHE and you might find that a little difficult with 5.5BB left!! X/ring the flop helps remove some of the turn issues you face - you are probably going to have to fold to the turn bet as it nukes another part of his range you were beating and you are going to have to call a river bet not knowing where you are in the hand....

Cliff notes: Pre-flop; if you think he is that tight/that good and you are worried about not playing well with few bets left - fold.

  • IF you do call and hit that flop; find an x/r on this flop and play from there...

  • As played - I think calling turn is by far the worst option; either x/r as planned or pitch it - you are oop so you can't raise for a free showdown either...

Fwiw - part of my joining this site is to work on my NLHE (and to a lesser extent PLO) game(s) as they suck massively compared to my limit games - luckily most 8game, at low levels on PS, players can't play Stud to save their lives....:-)

Dec. 15, 2014 | 9:18 p.m.

SO...a big clue as to GT's identity has been revealed.....knows football enough to know Jose is a whinging so and so....

Thinks: did Chelsea/Real Madrid ever play in Malta....

Nov. 28, 2014 | 10:41 a.m.

At PLO 10 I think this is the easiest call on earth....One or both have sets I would guess and you have lots of clean you are effectively closing the action - the SB doesn't really matter at this moment...

Nov. 2, 2014 | 6:11 p.m.

Lots of comments/thoughts on 2+2 including people wanting a selective boycott of PS on certain days.

I'm thinking of moving the Limit Hold Em and PLO part of my roll away from PS....the Stud/O8 part/TD could be trickier until other sites step to the plate a bit more...

Oct. 31, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.

If you bet you should bet pot.....there are some players who are incredibly MUBSy - but need a little 'convincing' to find their inner MUBS...

Oct. 15, 2014 | 9:29 p.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on 20 BI downswing

GL and hope it goes better. If low stakes NL is the same as low stakes PLO and LHE I wouldn't be too concerned about being exploitable; v few players would notice.

Oct. 5, 2014 | 8:15 a.m.

Comment | Simon Ash commented on PLO 100 nut FD

If you don't fold (and I'm not sure I could fold a hand this huge at game speed although this might be a leak); then I don't see how you could play it differently. Once Sb donks into 2 ppl, incl pfr on the flop I think a raise would be utter suicide; especially since the flop has likely missed your range.

Oct. 5, 2014 | 8:11 a.m.

If turn is easy fold then why not b/f flop - the 7 is essentially a blank and if you are WA/WB. If WB you are drawing to 4 outs (as it's v unlikely he has 55) and don't have the odds to chase imo. Could this be a flop you might want to check back?

Oct. 5, 2014 | 8:05 a.m.

If we changed the turn/river to 2 total bricks would you still be asking this question....I agree with Aleksandra that you don't have enough to stack vs 2 ppl here...BB has donkey into 2ppl in a protected pot (as btn is essentially all in if he calls and therefore will never fold) - locate fold btn and wp

Oct. 5, 2014 | 8:02 a.m.

If he's re-raising with that hand it's wide alright....yes he has position but when you call you have a much better range

Blind v blind I'm not sure what else you can do to be honest; the Q is not exactly a scare card on the river..esp with what you said about the dynamic between you

Sept. 25, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.

Surely this is a position if SB turned over his cards to show AA I'd call this deep

Sept. 15, 2014 | 7:37 p.m.

Post | Simon Ash posted in PLO: Raise or go for overcall...

Playing the shallow 0.05/0.1 on FTP with 5 players - max buy in of 40bb

Hero has QQ25ss utg and opens for 2.5x; btn calls as does sb. Btn has been known to play some 'interesting' stuff for large bets and so has a very wide range. He also doesn't fold a lot once he gets beyond the flop. SB seems ok, can try to adopt orphan pots once in a while. Btn covers me; I just cover SB but we have >50bb each.

Flop: 5QQr - have seen worse. All check: See no point in betting here; I have one of the 5's as well and there are no draws on board.

Turn: Ts (puts 2 spades on board). SB leads for 0.85 (1/2 pot); I call and btn calls.

River: 4h; total brick and SB leads for $3.40 (around 1/2 pot) and has not much left. Once SB has been called twice on the turn and bets again he has something.....Hero is next to act.

Folding - not likely when holding the almighty nuts...

Raise - SB must realistically call his last 85c off and lose; it's likely that btn will probably fold unless he has maybe TT (or T5, T4). 

Call - hope btn decides to do something a little mad (which is possible) 


Sept. 10, 2014 | 1:55 p.m.

There is stuff on this in 'The Intelligent Poker Player' by Newall - he uses it in terms of big bets for LHE but shouldn't be too hard to work out for NLHE

Sept. 5, 2014 | 6:18 a.m.

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