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17 points

Eff stacks 100bb

Hero opens Qs Qd in CO 2.4x
57bb stack BTN calls
SB squeezes to 8bb
Hero elects to call
BTN calls

I elect to call here to keep the BTN, a presumed rec player due to his odd stack size, in the pot. In hindsight, that might be a better play (keep the fish in) when we're holding something less vulnerable than QQ. Perhaps I should reserve this line more for the KK and AA population of hands that are less overcard vulnerable.

As played, we see a Flop.

Flop (27bb): Qc Jd 9c

SB bets 12BB
Hero ???

I'm a little unsure the best thing to do here. Do we opt to Flat to try and keep the rec player in the pot? Or is the texture of this board so wet that we need to be ignoring the rec player in this situation? Ordinarily, if the board were say Q72r, I think this is an obvious flat.

Feb. 4, 2019 | 10:35 p.m.

Trying to incorporate some overbetting into my play, a move I'm admittedly very under-studied on, and I would like to hear feedback on specifically this overbet and then maybe some opinions on potentially different River cards that would make this a more preferable spot to overbet.


Eff 100bb

Hero (SB) opens 3x Jd 8d
BB defends

Flop: As Ks 4h

Hero cbets 30%
BB calls

Turn: Jh

Check Check

River: 4c

Hero bets 2.8x pot
Villain calls and shows Kh 5d

Now, taking the actual results out of this (villain made a great call, kudos). His exact hand make me feel justified that my overbet was sound, however, I don't want to allow his specific holding to cloud my judgment.

My rationale for the overbet: Both flush draws missed the Turn. I'd expect the villain to want some protection from this board on the Turn with anything like 2p, decent ace, straight, etc, so his Turn check really caps his range to something medium-strength. By the River, I obviously have no showdown value. Also, I unblock both flush draws.


Feb. 4, 2019 | 3:48 p.m.

Post | UCBananaboy posted in NLHE: Couple of 200z Hands

Couple of ZONE hands, so no reads are available. I'd love some feedback on the hands though.

Hand 1

Eff $300

Hero (UTG) opens TcTs to $5
Villain (BTN) 3bets to $17.50
Hero calls

Flop: 6d 8h 4c

Hero check calls $20

Turn: 9h

Check / Check

River: 2h

What's our preferred play here?

Hand 2

Moreso curious to hear how you guys might play this spot differently. It's very weird to me and I wasn't really sure what to do. I hated calling down but the bet sizing led me to keep doing it.

Eff $400

Hero (UTG) opens AsJc $5
BTN calls
SB calls

Flop: Ah Tc 8s

SB leads $6
Hero calls
BTN calls

Turn: Ks

SB bets $12
Hero calls
BTN calls

River: 5d

SB bets $15
Hero calls
BTN calls

SB shows As4s
BTN shows AQo

Feb. 1, 2019 | 4:05 p.m.

Thanks guys.

I ended up calling for the same reasons as what Daniel said. I just feared too many AXcc combos. He ended up tabling 75cc.

Aug. 3, 2018 | 12:47 a.m.

Curious to hear thoughts on this hand which occurred at a $2/$5 Live game.

The game is playing quite tame to this point. We've been at the table for only a few hours and we don't have any history with either villain. Here's all we got read-wise:

Villain A (BTN): He moved over from the other game that broke. About two orbits ago he donk-jammed a multiway single-raised pot with JJ on 822. He was called by another player who had 77 and Turned a 7 to suckout on him. He's been fuming about that hand for the last five minutes or so.

Villain B (SB): Youngish kid wearing sunglasses and headphones. He's pretty arrogant (think a similar schtick to Eric Molina from the Jamie Gold WSOP). To this point, we've seen him open limp in with some awful holdings (K2o in LP, 54o) and we've also seen him iso-raise limpers with AXss, KJo, and T9o in position. No 3-bets to this point.

On to the hand. Effective stacks are $750 or 150BBs

Hero UTG: QcTc and raises it to $20

Villains A and B call.

Flop ($70): As Jc Th

Checks around

Turn ($70): 3c

SB bets $45. We call. BTN folds

River ($160): Kc

SB bets $155.

Do you guys like raising here?

Clearly, from the title, you can tell that I elected to just call. With all the AXcc combos still out there (and me holding the 3rd nut flush blocker), I had concerns of only value-owning myself with a raise. I'd love to hear some feedback.

July 30, 2018 | 3:02 p.m.

Post | UCBananaboy posted in PLO: Live Game - Flop Strategy?

Typical full ring live game with lots of multiway pots, limping pre, etc etc.

Villain (MP) is one of the poorer players at the table. He definitely categorizes as more of an "action" player, but not in the sense that he fires blindly at pots. He calls down pretty lightly and is generally quite sticky. He has Hero covered.

Hero in BB with Js Jc 9h 8s

$15 raise pre by EP, five callers and Hero completes.

Flop ($75): 7s 6d 3c

SB bets $25. Hero flats.

Villain pots it to $175 and it's folded to us. We have about 1 PSB left if we call the bet.

How would we rank the following strategies in this spot?

1.) Jam. Villain is known to only run it once and I would say we have no fold equity in this spot.

2.) Call with the intention of lead-potting any spade, Jack, Ten, Five

3.) Call and check all Turns

4.) Fold

March 2, 2018 | 10:18 p.m.

Hand seems fine to me until the River. Lead out and bet ourselves.

Dec. 25, 2017 | 9:37 p.m.

Comment | UCBananaboy commented on Weird River Bluff?

Bluffing doesn't make much sense to me. I wouldn't expect him to have many Kings here so the only hand we are really bluffing is AQ.

I prefer to check back Turn and then I could go for a small vb if he checks River.

Dec. 25, 2017 | 9:36 p.m.

4 betting isn't a great spot, but I like it better than the other options (playing a 3b pot OOP multiway, folding). It is an icky spot regardless, but I think we make fewer mistakes by 4betting ourselves than trying to play 3 streets out of position against two players in a bloated pot.

Dec. 25, 2017 | 9:34 p.m.


You can't x/r fold a hand this strong. There are a lot of hands that you have beat that he could be 2x barreling / jamming with: KQ, KTs, T9s, AQs, AKs, AQ.

Dec. 24, 2017 | 8:21 p.m.

I'm going BIG on the River. The SB doesn't seem like the type to fold 2p here and I'm not sure a player with those stats would lead turns with a FD or JT so I think we can discount those from his range. Get max value from his 2-pairs which make up a lot of his hands imo.

Dec. 24, 2017 | 8:18 p.m.

Same thing as the AKo hand you posted in another thread. I'm 4b pre to get this pot HU.

Dec. 24, 2017 | 3:26 p.m.

If pot was HU (ie BTN raised and blinds fold), I would be inclined to just flat AKo UTG vs BTN. Given that the SB tagged along, I am 4b to try and get the pot HU.

As played, I think I play the hand the same way as you. I lean fold on the River given that we have the Kh and also that SB range connects quite well with this board.

Dec. 24, 2017 | 3:25 p.m.

Comment | UCBananaboy commented on nl50z TPTK 3 way

I wouldn't expect a 20/9 fish to be opening 55 UTG.

I'm not good enough to fold at that price vs a fish - especially for that price. I think fish can show up with enough worse.

Dec. 22, 2017 | 9:11 p.m.

I'd definitely x/r bigger on Turn. X/decide seems best on River. I'm probably x/c but not thrilled about it.

Dec. 22, 2017 | 9:06 p.m.

Comment | UCBananaboy commented on spot im unsure on

I x/c Flop, x/f Turn

Dec. 20, 2017 | 7:07 p.m.

I prefer a flat pre. KTh isn't bad to play multiway if the blinds come along, you have good position, and you would hate for UTG to 4b and force you to fold.

As played, I like mixing in some check backs here.

As played, I like betting the river for some value. His hand looks an awful lot like AQ, AJ

Dec. 20, 2017 | 7:05 p.m.

Comment | UCBananaboy commented on flop play

Hand seems fine as played.

Flop is always a call. Villain is cbetting that board far too often for us to fold something as strong as 55.

I could go either way on Turn. The problem is whether you are ready to call a River bet. You might be able to split your range into calling Turn with 55 no spade vs 55 spade, but someone who is better with the combinations could opine.

I'd feel pretty good at showdown. You beat a fair amount of AXs and lose to some Tx. I'd expect a bet from Jx and a Turn check from 22-55, 77-99.

Dec. 20, 2017 | 7:02 p.m.

Comment | UCBananaboy commented on over pair in 3BP

Play seems fine. NH

Dec. 20, 2017 | 6:58 p.m.

I probably check back your specific hand and will bet some bigger flushes on River ($8ish) with the intention of bet-folding. I wouldn't expect villain to turn his JJ-KK w/ a spade into bluffs here and would figure that I am up against a pretty nutted hand after his x/r.

Dec. 20, 2017 | 6:57 p.m.

Comment | UCBananaboy commented on Annoying Turn Spot

Tricky spot as SB flat ranges are typically pretty defined to pocket pairs, suited broadways, and some suited aces.

We could probably rule out all 2p combos on flop.

The raise on the Turn is scary. We hold the Qh and the only reasonable float he has on the Flop containing a Queen is one with a heart draw (aside from Q9s, which probably isn't always in his PF range). Meanwhile, he still has all sets, JTh, etc.

I think I would call his Turn bet and hope to get to showdown. As played, I'd comfortably fold River. I would expect something like JTh to take their showdown and all 2p+ and flushes to jam.

Dec. 20, 2017 | 1:10 p.m.

If I had to assign a range to a random unknown in this spot, it would be hands that love their immediate spot but are TERRIFIED of 'scary' later streets.

Something like 99, TT, Pair + SD

Dec. 20, 2017 | 1:04 p.m.

I admit that I don't know the player pool well at $5NL, but I would be willing to bet that 75%+ of the player pool (possibly even 90%+) rarely turn made hands into bluffs.

Dec. 19, 2017 | 2:39 p.m.

Size up on River and Bet/Fold seems good.

Dec. 19, 2017 | 12:35 p.m.

Flop is fine.

Continue betting turn. He has plenty of 2p, Pair + T combos that you can still get value from and you shouldn't give him the chance to realize that equity for free by checking back.

Dec. 19, 2017 | 12:35 p.m.

A common mistake that people make is that they join a site like RIO and only use it for the videos. Sure, the videos are one of the core products of the site, but the COMMUNITY is a huge aspect to growth and improvement as well.

With that said, make it a requirement to yourself that you find 3-5 hands after every session and post on the forums for feedback. They can be big pots or even small pots that made you scratch your head with confusion. Don't feel like there are any dumb questions and do not be afraid to ASK.

That is the best way to kick your old habits and to get some real feedback on areas that you might think you are playing well, but in reality, are not. The feedback will probably be very eye-opening and accelerate your learning curve exponentially.

Dec. 19, 2017 | 12:33 p.m.

I'm not folding an overpair in a 3-bet pot. If someone wakes up with JJ, QQ, 33, QJ then nh.

Dec. 17, 2017 | 3:47 p.m.

Assigning his range to mostly sets is far too narrow. Villain can easily have TP here.

Dec. 17, 2017 | 3:46 p.m.

You should barrel turn. He has all the AX hands plus flush draws that he's calling you with.

Dec. 17, 2017 | 3:45 p.m.

Why aren't we betting Turn?

Dec. 7, 2017 | 4:53 p.m.

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