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hey owen! as you clearly saw, I was pretty new to HU and poker in general, I didn’t think of the game very critically, watching videos and sessions has helped me improve my thinking a lot and I cringe really hard looking back at these hands.

Everything you said has been super super useful and I really appreciate all the videos you made!!!

Sept. 8, 2018 | 4:31 a.m.

July 14, 2017 | 4:47 a.m.

Hand History | Tao97 posted in PLO: PLO5 AA33s OOP deep stacked 4bet pot
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $10.03
SB: $7.91
BB: $28.96 (Hero)
UTG: $5.59
MP: $12.75
CO: $4.17
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with A 3 A 3
UTG raises to $0.17, 2 folds, BN raises to $0.44, SB folds, Hero raises to $1.51, UTG folds, BN calls $1.07
Flop ($3.21) 5 Q 8
Hero bets $3.08, BN raises to $8.52 and is all in, Hero calls $5.44

June 30, 2017 | 6:43 p.m.

Hand History | Tao97 posted in NLHE: NL10 Weird spot with JJ 190 BBs deep
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $31.38 (Hero)
SB: $24.52
BB: $10.10
UTG: $18.52
MP: $16.09
CO: $18.92
4 hands on villain, no reads.
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is BN with J J
UTG raises to $0.30, MP folds, CO raises to $0.70, Hero raises to $2.10, 2 folds, UTG folds, CO calls $1.40
I think this is a standard 4bet to the min 3bet. If we just call we are allowing CO to realise a bunch of his equity for cheap vs a strong but vulnerable hand. So we 4bet for value here. We are deep stacked, so maybe I could have made it bigger but I think the 4bet is standard.
Flop ($4.65) 3 3 3
CO checks, Hero bets $2.50, CO raises to $16.82 and is all in, Hero folds
I was leaning a lot towards a check back here with my hand, but I also wanted to get value from my hand (which I surely think I can) so I decided to bet. I think I should have bet bigger like $3.50.
When villain shoves, I put him on AA, QQ , AK (I think KK would raise bigger and/or 5bet gii preflop.), or AK if he is super aggro (which some players for sure are).
The reason why I folded is because I am close to the bottom of my range, I will for have AA-TT here, so I fold JJ, TT and call with QQ+.
Final Pot CO wins $9.22
Rake is $0.43

June 22, 2017 | 2:49 a.m.

Hand History | Tao97 posted in MTT: $3.30 6-Max 6 tables left
Blinds: t900/t1,800 (5 Players) BB: 81,761
UTG: 237,190
CO: 34,338
BN: 90,492 (Hero)
SB: 37,195
6 tables left in the tourney, Villain has been fairly aggressive towards hero but hasn't shown down hands.
I think I completely messed this hand up, you'll see why in a second but I want to know what your opinions are about the hand overall.
Preflop (2,700) Hero is BN with A T
2 folds, Hero raises to 4,050, SB folds, BB calls 2,250
Flop (10,125) 5 5 T
BB checks, Hero bets 4,555, BB raises to 14,365, Hero calls 9,810
I think betting isn't really accomplishing much, I was debating a check or a bet, but I ended up betting because I didn't want to give away a free card, I think his range is full of Pocket Pairs, I don't think he has that many 5's, only 65, 45, maybe A5 (I doubt he has A5, he has 3bet a decent amount which leads me to believe he is 3betting most of his Ax preflop.
In retrospect I think a check is for sure the play here, we don't get a lot of value from this bet, when we check we can induce Villain to take a stab at the pot and we can call him down, so I think I should have checked.

I think calling the check raise is okay, he might be doing this with complete air and might give up on some turns, if he's bluffing we are going to have a tough time taking this hand to showdown but it doesn't seem bad.
Turn (38,855) 5 5 T 3
BB bets 19,816, Hero calls 19,816
I think here is where the big mistake is made. If I call here, I should be ready to call a river jam.
I think V tells us he's comitted to the pot, wether he has value or a bluff I don't see how he checks on any river card.
I think we are at the bottom of our range here. We have JJ-AA, 5x that are better hands to call.
Villain is representing a super narrow range, basically 5x, which I don't think there are many combos.

With these things in mind, I lean towards a fold, or at least if we are calling here we call all rivers.
River (78,487) 5 5 T 3 7
BB bets 43,305 and is all in, Hero folds
Not much to say, I think if we call and we are wrong we are done, and if we fold we still have some room to manoeuvre so I decided to fold. I don't think he is bluffing here super often but I think he can for sure make the bluff.
Final Pot BB wins 78,487

June 8, 2017 | 7:01 p.m.

I am 100% getting it in on this turn, its super weird how you think V only has AA when I think its one of the least possible hands he has. You give people waaaay to much credit in NL5 dude.

Jan. 3, 2017 | 7:32 p.m.

sorry I misread it, I think you should be folding to the min 3bet. UTG is uncapped, someone behind us can have a hand where they can squeeze and we would have to fold.
It is likely that either UTG or UTG+1 have us dominated so I would fold.
Happy 2017 to you too man :)

Jan. 1, 2017 | 11:53 p.m.

your pre flop 3bet is extremely small. I don't play FR but I'm not sure if we should even be 3betting UTG with our hand. Either way, you should 3bet much bigger. You literally min 3bet him, that is really bad. UTG (and pretty much anyone after you) can continue with pretty much his whole range because of the pot odds.
If you 3bet bigger this hand plays out completely different.

Jan. 1, 2017 | 5:45 a.m.

you also realise that a sample size of 138 hands does not tell you much and should not give you such a defined range of hands that they are opening.
How does a cbet tell you that much that you can pin point his hand to a set?
Like Mancuso said before and like I said in my previous comment, don't be results oriented.

Dec. 30, 2016 | 2:27 a.m.

Why are you assuming that you while only get actions by bigger boats? you need to stop being results oriented. If you make a boat on a board like this you go with it. If they have a bigger one then congratulations but I would 10000000% never fold a boat in this board.
The reason why you x/raise/fold is not because you are trying to generate fold equity. it is quite the opposite. If I raise my set I NEVER want them to fold, I don't know why you think having no fold equity when you have a set is a bad thing?
In micro stakes whenever you have a value hand you want to think of the easiest way to get most of the money in the pot, if they have one of the few combos of value hands that beat you then unlucky, but on boards like this there are so many combos of hands worse than yours that are giving you action.
OF CORSE you lose to the straight and to bigger sets but how many combos of those are there?

Dec. 30, 2016 | 2:24 a.m.

I'm not sure about the 3bet preflop, as played just x jam turn.

Dec. 30, 2016 | 2:14 a.m.

If any of the blinds call I think we have a pretty easy call even being out of position. If its HU I would fold pre flop.

I think on the flop its a close call, I think the plan is to call flop and fold most turns or rivers when he bets. I think that while he is not betting most of his range here (its a multiway pot and the board is not super dry), we are still doing okay against his cbetting range (FD's, maybe A5s, and maybe QQ with no spade IMO).

Dec. 29, 2016 | 8:39 p.m.

Hand History | Tao97 posted in NLHE: NL10 Preflop action AKs
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) UTG: $7.17
MP: $12.87
CO: $13.57
BN: $6.50
SB: $3.17
BB: $12.14 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is BB with A K
2 folds, CO raises to $0.30, BN folds, SB calls $0.25, Hero raises to $1.40, CO raises to $13.57 and is all in, SB folds, Hero folds
Final Pot CO wins $3.10

Dec. 29, 2016 | 8:30 p.m.

agree that BB should have a more polarized range, but I don't really agree that this board is better for BB after 3betting and getting called by BU. I think BU has lots of suited connectors in his calling 3 bets range and this smashes all of those, we have overpairs, some sets (depends on how much we 3bet pre we may only have JJ) and maybe some FDs if we are 3betting Axss so I'm not completely sure this is the best board for us.

I like a 1/4 pot bet, it is cheap and it is for sure going to work often enough to be profitable right there on the flop but it also sounds a little bit scary to me and here's why:
we are betting small into a 3bet pot, and people in NL10 dont like tho just give those ones up for cheap or free, so I think we are getting floated here a lot when we bet 1/4 by things like single diamonds, overcards and gutshots and pretty much every single pocket pair. Are we going to 100% bet every turn? what do we do if we get called? are we going to triple barrel OOP in NL10? doesnt sounds like a great idea IMO.

Dec. 5, 2016 | 3:07 p.m.

Tough spot, if we had the King of hearts this would be a super easy snap shove, but without the K of hearts I think we are put in a very tough spot.

Seeing a turn card doesn't really hurt your hand that much, I mean if BB flopped a flush you are dead, if he flopped a straight you are also pretty dead, so there are not really that many bad turn cards (most of them are already on the board LOL) so I dont hate calling, looking at a turn card, and see what BB does, if its a brick and BB shoves hes probably going to get our whole stack, but if its a heart or a broadway card we can probably fold and get away from our hand.

By shoving we make lots of hands that are marginally worse than ours but that are going to put money in the pot fold and we give such an easy route for better hands than ours to get our whole stack.

Would love to hear your thoughts tho!

Dec. 5, 2016 | 7:24 a.m.

@Pokerlogical, I am not sure how to reply to your comment so I am just going to reply to my own comment and hope you read it!

Totally agree with everything you said, the thing about having SD value with AK in spots like this is that very rarely are we going to go to SD without anyone putting in a bet, I find that people in NL10 don't like losing 3bet pots without a fight, so we are in a tough spot if the turn is a brick and V bets again.
We may have the best hand still but our hand cannot withstand any pressure so it puts us in a weird spot.

Obviously we have to be careful not to be over bluffing but against a BU open I expect them to defend most of their pocket pairs to a 3B, and we can make some of those fold with a cbet on the flop.
If V was UTG (I would probably not 3bet AKo vs UTG open) I think checking flop is much better, but vs BU open I think betting flop usually does the trick most of the time.

@MrFalvo, while some better hands are 100% going to call you (sets, TPGK+ and FDs), there are also some better hands that are going to fold (low PPs with no diamonds), and even if their hand is not better (lets say they have AQ), if they pressure us I don't think we can profitably take our hand all the way to the river and show it down, so by betting ourselves we can get them to fold sometimes and we can get them to play their hand much more passively than the way they would have played it have we checked to them (maybe they x back their AQ on brick turns and brick rivers and we win)
Also some worse hands than ours can put us in tough spots and make us fold the best hand, so I think betting keeps our decisions easy (what we want in the micros) and pretty straight forward.

I only play micros so I don't worry about being exploited (I have yet to find a player who I feel is really paying attention to what I do enough to exploit me) so my lines are super super super player pool dependant. I would probably play AQ the same way as AK here, and expect to get so many folds on the flop. Also it is very important to note that position is super important (like I mentioned above), I would not take this line if we were against early positions, CO is usually when I turn into a super aggro BB because I have noticed that people open really wide from LP.

Excited to hear what you guys think!

Dec. 5, 2016 | 7:02 a.m.

I think its fine, maybe the river bet is too thin, I think on the river I would check back but I'm a nit so who knows lol. I just don't think theres many hands that call you 3 streets that you beat.

Dec. 3, 2016 | 6:20 a.m.

I think river raises are usually super nutted, that being said I would probably call as well, you are getting great odds and sometimes some maniacs raise on river with complete air, especially in 3b pots.

I would probably bet flop though? I'm not sure if x calling is best, especially being OOP and being the 3bettor, I am probably betting on the flop here.
Would love to hear your thoughts on why you checked the flop!

Dec. 3, 2016 | 6:15 a.m.

I would bet flop, maybe a tad bigger, and for the turn ,depending on what I though about villain (if he is a calling station, if he is aggro), I decide to either value bet or x and give him a chance to spew.
On some run outs we might have to fold on river if V double barrels but overall in 5NLz I expect aggro villains to bet the turn with all of their range and OTR VBet their value hands and give up with their bluffs.
Passive calling stations in 5NLz like showdown, so betting turn against them and x OTR expecting them to x back, if we face a bet I would probably fold OTR as well.
Not sure if my thought process is good so if you disagree or think otherwise please let me know!

Dec. 1, 2016 | 1:50 a.m.

Hey Cameron, when we look at our BB Defense Range, should our range change depending on Villains stack? When Villains' stack is shorter should we play tighter?
Thank you for the video btw!

Dec. 6, 2015 | 7:41 a.m.

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