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Hi all,

New member here and I wanted to see if I am applying some of the concepts I am learning correctly.

I did not play this hand, but observed it.

1/2 live, with a $5 utg straddle

Utg+1 ($260 loose passive rec) limps, button ($500 not a horrible player. Def beating this game by playing tight, value betting big and not paying off. Isn’t over limping a ton here) limps, sb ($300 loose passive rec ) limps, straddle (covers, def studies. Straddled because game was loose and action and he was engaging the table.) makes it $40, everyone calls.

Pot $160
Flop Kd Js 3d

Been trying to think outside the box a lot more and recognize spots where people are heavily capped. This is one I think. Every other player is at a huge disadvantage to the straddle range.

Sb checks and the strategy that first came to my mind was just absolutely blasting big here like $250 with a range of AA,JJ,AK,KQo with d, NFD, and straight draws.

Second bet size of like $80 with KK,KQ,QQ, some of the weaker flush draws we have now after bluffing pre (def debatable if we should have many of those given game conditions tho) and maybe some of the weaker gutters benefit from this size.

Then we can check our whiffs like77-TT and protect that range with KJ, and the other Kx we have.

I haven’t done any solver work on this exact spot but rather looking for critique of my real time thinking and application of what I’ve been learning here.

Thanks for the replies!

Sept. 23, 2021 | 6:10 a.m.

Develop some sort of "perch" or a position you take every time you are going play a hand. When I am playing in a new place, or a new game, I use a perch. You want this position to cover up most of your neck/mouth because it will hide your pulse rate, and your respiration rate, which are some common tells. 

I will do my best to describe the "perch" that I use:

I place my left elbow on the table, and with my left hand I grab the front of my shirt and pull it over my mouth. This covers my mouth, my neck, and pulls my shirt away from my chest so it is harder to to see it going up and down.

I use a chip to cap my cards and my right hand I use for betting/raising/checking. 

I would recommend not verbalizing your actions because your voice will betray the strength of your hand a lot. For me personally, I have noticed that my voice becomes much softer, and higher pitched when I have a big hand, and when I am bluffing, I have trouble controlling the volume/force I speak with.

But honestly over time as you become desensitized to gambling in a live environment, you will experience less physical reactions to your holdings and give off less tells. 

Jan. 11, 2014 | 12:31 a.m.

Any reads on his post flop play? I am inclined to be c/r here because that board is so dry and if he is playing that loose and aggressively preflop he is probably floating here a good amount of the time. I think you can also barrel a bunch of rivers and value bet AK rivers pretty effectively.

June 5, 2013 | 12:09 a.m.

I just downloaded/registered CardRunnersEV and FlopZilla and am looking for some general advice more experienced users have to offer. Specifically about how to construct your own ranges using this program.

I know this is a very vague request, and if it is too much so, please ask questions so I can further explain what kind of advice I am looking for.

A little about me though. I am a 100% live player and am used to playing against some very strange ranges and talking with some other very good players I realize that my own range construction is very poor in some spots. I have some experience with CardRunnersEV for finding the highest EV spot with your given hand. I have zero experience with FlopZilla.

 I have read through the entire manual and watched the video series for both programs. I see how some of the features are very cool and can be really useful, but I am not entirely sure how to utilize them.

Also, any general advice about how to use these programs is greatly appreciated.

June 4, 2013 | 11:52 p.m.

You don't think he ever calls with his TT,88-66 hands on the turn if you barrel because it is a scare card?

May 31, 2013 | 9:29 p.m.

I like raising the flop given the 31/14 description of the SB. I think he is often leading out a lot of weak Q's for "protection" and doubt he will find a fold on the flop. He could also be leading out a ton of draws trying to "set his own price" and that makes me want to jack up the price.

It also gives us the the ability to control how the rest of the hand plays out and he will often turn his hand face up on later streets.

Also, why is calling the turn c/r good? We are getting a decent price to call, but its not enough to call on a naked flush draw (which I think we have at this point) and I don't expect many players to value bet/call bets on the river if the fourth spade hits.

May 29, 2013 | 10:05 p.m.

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