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Zachary Larson

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Sept. 10, 2019 | 2:19 a.m.

Post | Zachary Larson posted in NLHE: Too Many Questions

The biggest thing I've struggled with is semi bluffing our draws - and it's hard to find a lot of information out there on your overall range construction when it comes to what kind of semi bluffs we are putting into our different ranges. Most people just leave it at "we need to be betting our draw here" or some form of this - but they never expand upon what that actually means. We obviously can't be betting every draw in our range because we'd be significantly over bluffing - so the question become how do we decide which hands to balance our value with. So I'd like to break the semi bluffs into three types for simplicity sake
1. Weak Draws (non nutted GSSD's, low card flush draws, etc.)
2. Middling Draws (GS+FD, OESD, etc.)
3. Big Draws (OESD+FD, TP+FD, etc.)
If you could explain to me how each one of those fits into different ranges and the function they serve, or at least point me in the direction to figure that answer out for myself I would be entirely grateful. I don't know if I'm just oblivious, overthinking about this stuff, or if this is something you can't simply learn by being told but rather have to log a bunch of hands to just get the feel of it, but I feel like it's a very BIG thing that I am simply lacking knowledge on.
Edit: sorry if this question is WAYYY too vague/broad...I kinda struggle with that

Sept. 10, 2019 | 2:15 a.m.

I don't understand the point of our shove, are we value betting or bluffing? We're not getting a flush to fold, we're not getting sets most likely, so I don't really like this play. While I do think there's some merit to it, as a lot of hands contains a Q or J, if we were targeting those we shouldnt be jamming 2x pot, we can put a nice value bet it, we just have to make sure we're doing this with all our value not just middling hands like we have, so when we inevitably get xraised on this board we have calls.

Sept. 4, 2019 | 4:16 p.m.

Pre I think we can fold, if we're not folding this then we're calling too much
OTT I think it's better to just call, hes not folding enough better to make this profitable, if we had like J10cc which has no show down value then it would be not terrible, but he have TP and we need to try and get to showdown. The flushdraw is just added equity and by jamming were allowing his bluffs to just fold, and it would be higher EV to let them fire the river and have us call with our catcher.

Sept. 4, 2019 | 4:08 p.m.

you just have to call on the flop - you will be vastly over folding. You have to understand that the vast majority of his 3betting hands are unpaired hands, and most people are over cbetting flops after 3betting pre, so you can probably start check raising here a decent amount.

Sept. 3, 2019 | 8:36 p.m.

pre flop don't 3bet it
Flop: you can still bet this flop even though it doesn't hit you're range because this board doesn't particularly hit his either, and you're utilizing the strength of your perceived range.
Turn: fine bet given the circumstances.
But seriously, stop 3betting this garbage pre

Sept. 3, 2019 | 8:29 p.m.

cbet flop I like, Turn I think I'd like an overbet - do the same when you have some nut flush draws (and then bet like 2/3 with full houses and combo draws)

Aug. 31, 2019 | 9:45 p.m.

yeah you have to call - should be 3betting pre

Aug. 31, 2019 | 7:54 p.m.

He can very reasonably be value betting worse than top two - KQ, AQ, even an AJ who blocks the J10 can do this - calling this - I like the check call turn - but I think you need to be check calling river also

Aug. 30, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.

  1. Check call the jam - he doesn't have too many 9s, on top of that we only need 27% to call and we have about 17% to hit the FH, he can play overpairs and flush draws with a 10 like this
  2. never folding KK pre

Aug. 26, 2019 | 5:04 p.m.

Pre: I like a 3bet pre a very good amount of the time, but flatting is fine I guess
Flop: I think we're going to have A LOT better check raises on this board than J10s, I'd rather just call and then re evaluate on the turn
Turn: If you're going to do this I prefer an overbet, as you would do this with straights, sets, and some FDs
River: Im jamming this river. Both draws missed - and we still have all 7s and sets in our range, which he erased almost all of when he just flatted turn bet on a double FD turn - on top of that both FDs missed - and were going to be putting his Ax draws that missed but still hit an A in a VERY tough spot - and were bound to fold out a significant amount of those with a jam

Aug. 23, 2019 | 9:12 p.m.

Pre is rather 4bet A5s because the straight potential - I think a jam turn works well, we have the 18% chance to hit our NFD, and we're going to be folding a significant portion of his range that simply had to protect against your small preflop sizing. I think betting small on the turn simply leaves us with too little fold equity on a jam

Aug. 8, 2019 | 12:47 a.m.

Pre: is whatever, you should be doing both calling and 3betting
Flop: betting flop makes since not only for our hand but also for our range as a whole - when raised were getting 23% pot odds - we have a 18 percent chance of hitting our flush on the turn, and he's going to be bluffing the spot occassionaly so our equity is for sure above the 23% needed to call
Turn: if it's a diamond were playing for stacks, if it's not and he bets more than half pot we can fold, if he bets half pot or less we can call

Aug. 7, 2019 | 11:44 p.m.

you're getting 18.5% to call, I think just call, and shrug it off when he jams river, except maybe on the 4d,6d,8d,9d?

July 25, 2019 | 10:09 p.m.

yeah youre range is capped he has all sets, all 2 pairs - its very hard to come up with bluffs for his range in this board - the sizing increase is most likely a 2 pair+/made straight trying to get you off a flush draw - I just dont think he has enough bluffs here to profitably call an almost pot bet here - good as played

July 25, 2019 | 9:49 p.m.

Post | Zachary Larson posted in NLHE: Studying

I was wondering what everyone thinks the most optimal thing to study after learning foundation stuff in poker is? Like what do you think the 20% of things you can study to get 80% of the results? Or do you think that just not exist when it comes to poker?

July 20, 2019 | 2:32 a.m.

You need check raise because your hand is very vulnerable, a spades run out puts you in a tough spot, so you need to raise to protect your hand, and remove his weak flush draws - which as the BTN he is going to have many - you still allow his value hands to stay in - and it also allows you to now semi bluff a spade on the turn/river

July 18, 2019 | 2:07 p.m.

This board smashes his range - you can try and rep the AA/KK but I think people are a little to sticky here to fold after hitting the flop in a 4bet pot to profitably semi bluff here

July 16, 2019 | 7:17 p.m.

jamming turn - I'd generally never slow play aces because you're not only missing a lot of value but you're also just allowing yourself to be put into situations where you can easily screw up - but you have to jam turn to protect

July 16, 2019 | 7:08 p.m.

Like the play - the flop is good for you because its a very dry board and you still have all the value hands in your range - like the turn barrel again because you get him to fold out a lot of middling pocket pairs that defended flop

July 16, 2019 | 6:55 p.m.

check it down - no point in bloating the pot in a marginal spot

July 16, 2019 | 6:50 p.m.

his limp call range is going to have a lot of Jx with a Js or JXs with backdoor - We need ~30 ish to call profitably on river, and doubt more than 30 percent of his range is comprised of missed flushes or worse two pairs

July 16, 2019 | 6:31 p.m.

I would normally say that you have the very bottom of your range, and a missed draw that you played as a semi bluff, so you almost always have to jam river here, but you have to think about what he's calling you down with, the worst he has (since he's so tight) is maybe 6s? And he's capped because JJ+ reraise on the flop to get you off you a flush draw, so I guess as played it's good with x/f on river. Would like just a call pre because he's so tight.

June 15, 2019 | 4:11 p.m.

I think a 3bet pre to $18, if he 4bets you're crushed, if he just calls then you know he's JJs, A10s+, KQs,, AKo and maybe AQo if he's looser.

May 13, 2019 | 4:05 p.m.

Comment | Zachary Larson commented on nl100z spewing

This guys line doesn't make sense. Hes saying he has a set OTF, but I have a feeling queens bet more than min bet pre, an I don't think he checks back quads OTT. OTT I like the check for pot control. OTR I'd like a check, and then shruggingly call what he throws at you.

May 13, 2019 | 12:53 p.m.

Especially since you don't want to play multiway with J's

March 4, 2019 | 4:18 p.m.

Good play at these stakes, a 40xbb 3bet at these stakes means he's either holding a monster or he's just insane and has air, probably a long term profitable play at these stakes

March 4, 2019 | 4:17 p.m.

Board hits his range well. Chances are if he doesn't have a spade in his hand, he still has a pair a large portion of the time. Think it's a fold.

Feb. 28, 2019 | 6:38 p.m.

I don't think he has much here. Seems to me like he was chasing a flush, missed, sees all the money on the table and wants to make a run at it. I'd call. Has a lot more low to mid suited connectors than he does the 109c

Feb. 25, 2019 | 1:50 p.m.

When in the micros should you just play like a NIT as most people are just opening and calling with whatever two cards?

If the above is true/semi true to the fact that you have to vastly differ from normal poker strategy when playing in the micros, doesnt this end up hurting you in the long run?

Should I learn to play good poker or learn to beat the micros? Or is my thinking flawed, and good poker will end up crushing the micros in the long run, and there's just more variance?


Feb. 25, 2019 | 1:23 p.m.

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