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5 points

I think the 13/11 stat refers to BTN, not SB. The SB here is a fish with 67/0. So he could have all these hands.

Dec. 8, 2018 | 9:46 a.m.

Comment | belrio42 commented on Avoidable coolers?

Thanks for the comments.

I do actually play a mostly 3-bet or fold strategy from the SB. In this case, I called (I think -- this is from memory) because my hand is suited and there's a somewhat weak player in the BB, so I wanted them to come along. I see tons of loose/passive players at my tables. Is this a good strategy?

Dec. 8, 2018 | 9:37 a.m.

Post | belrio42 posted in NLHE: The rake is too damn high?

I play micros (10 NL equivalent) on an Indian site. The rake is 4.25% and the cap is very high (I almost never hit the cap unless the pot is multiway and huge).

I have been doing decently (winning at around 10-15BB / 100), but I sat down and estimated the amount of rake I paid in the past 40 days. I figure (using rakeback calculations) that I have paid almost as much rake as my entire winnings! I do get some of it back as rakeback and bonuses (I estimate around 25% or so).

But is this kind of thing normal?

Dec. 8, 2018 | 9:18 a.m.

ChaoRen123 I have been thinking about this, and I have a follow-up question regarding this spot.

When you check the turn, are you doing it to induce bluffs or is it for pot control? If it's the former, don't you need to call down with this favorable runout?

If it's the latter case, you could also check flop, right? That way, we would not encounter this tough spot.

Dec. 7, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.

I have problems here as well. I usually bet small/fold the flop here. Don't know if that's correct.

Since you squeezed over 2 callers, the fact that the UTG is a fish and they min-raise OTF (which screams strength to me); I would just fold.

If you call, some fish, in my experience, bet small again on the turn, and then shove the river to "milk" opponents.

Dec. 6, 2018 | 1:35 p.m.

You are correct that blind vs blind, AT is a pretty strong hand. Tough spot: I don't know what is the correct play.

Dec. 6, 2018 | 1:14 p.m.

I don't know if this is correct, but I usually check/call flop here with AT. Top pair marginal kicker is not something with which I'm looking for three streets of value, especially OOP. If villain checks behind on flop, we're in great shape and can value bet both turn and river.

Dec. 6, 2018 | 1:03 p.m.

I play 10NL equivalent. This is a crazy hand (crazy for me anyway). I am not sure I played this correctly.

SB is a somewhat loose reg, BB is an unknown but tight player, BU is unknown. I think my image is slightly LAG, but I don't get out of line too much. I am in CO with Qs Js. Stack sizes are the following:

BU: 53 BB
SB: 29 BB
BB: 97 BB
Hero (CO): 120 BB

Preflop I raise to 3BB, BU calls, SB calls, BB calls.

Flop comes As Ts 6h. It gets checked around to me. I bet 7BB, BU calls, SB min-raises (!), BB calls (!!), I shove, BU folds, SB calls, BB calls.

SB showed up with Ah Qh and BB showed up with 66.

My thought process was that even against sets or two pairs, I have 12 outs, and most of them are to the nuts. And the amount of money in the pot means that I shouldn't need more than, say 30-ish percent equity to make the shove profitable. I checked Equilab, and I have 35% equity here against these exact hands.

Did I play this correctly?

Dec. 6, 2018 | 12:36 p.m.

Comment | belrio42 commented on Avoidable coolers?

About hand 1, sorry I misremembered the situation. I have fixed the hand history now.

Dec. 6, 2018 | 12:12 p.m.

Post | belrio42 posted in NLHE: Avoidable coolers?

Hi all,
I play the equivalent of 10NL. I have two hands in this post. One is a weak top pair vs set scenario, and one is a QQ vs AA all-in preflop. I was wondering if I could have gotten away from my hands here.

Hand 1:
Edit: My apologies: I totally misremembered the hand history. I am actually in the SB, villain is in the CO and BB called preflop, so the flop is 3-way. Fixed hand history.

CO is a good, somewhat LAG reg. I am in the SB with AcTc. BB is a loose/passive/weak player. I have 100 BB, BB has 43 BB, CO has 270 BB.

CO opens to 3.5x (his standard raise size), I call in SB with AcTc, BB calls as well. Flop comes Ah 7s 5c. CO bets half pot, I call BB folds. Turn is Qs. CO bets 3/4 pot, I call. River is Ts, so I get two pair and backdoor spade draw gets there. CO bets 3/4 pot again, I call. He shows up with 77.

Is it too nitty to fold on the turn here? I only have a weak top pair, and I don't think many villains at micros bet 3/4 pot without a pretty strong hand (though he could have picked up a flush draw -- which gets there on the river). And should I have called a 3/4 pot bet on the river? I do beat AK, A5 and A7 here, so I think I had to call?

Hand 2:
HJ is a good, TAG reg.

I have QQ on the BU. Stack sizes are 130 BB effective.

HJ opens to 2.7BB, CO calls, I squeeze to 11-ish BB. HJ 4-bets to 50BB, CO folds, I shove, HJ calls, shows up with Aces.

I think my shove was definitely a mistake. Facing a 5x 4-bet, is it too nitty to just fold QQ? Or should I call the 4-bet preflop? In the latter case, should the flop comes all undercards, I was probably going broke anyway.

Dec. 6, 2018 | 6:37 a.m.

I need to learn when to use this check-raise flop and check turn play. I usually have the mentality that if I check-raise flop, I should barrel on turn.

What factors go into choosing what hands to make this "check raise flop and check turn" play? And what kind of turns should I be looking at?

Dec. 6, 2018 | 5:43 a.m.

Thanks for all the replies. Check-folding flop seems the way to go: since flop is multiway it's unlikely that BB is bluffing too much. Or maybe a small bet for protection.

Dec. 6, 2018 | 5:32 a.m.

I can't get the hand history to work, so I'm posting this manually.

I play the equivalent of $0.05/0.10 6-max cash. I am in the SB. Stack sizes are 59 BB effective. I have pocket 8s. The villain in the BB is an aggro reg and we have a bit of recent history with both of us stacking the other a couple of times.

3 people limp, I raise to 7BB, BB calls and cutoff calls. The flop comes 9 6 4 rainbow. I check, BB bets 17 BB, CO folds, I call. The turn is a 7. I check, BB goes all in for the remaining 35 BB, I fold.

My thought process was that the middle-card board would be good for BB's range which should have lots of pocket pairs and suited connectors, and thus lots of sets, two-pairs and straights. The hands I beat is stuff like Ace-highs and overcards. Maybe I shouldn't even have called the flop bet if I was planning to fold to a shove anyway. Or should I have called his shove?

Any comments on my play on any street are welcome.

Edit: Running the following range (I don't know how valid it is) on Equilab says that I have about 37% equity. And if he's bluffing say, 20% of the time, it becomes a decently profitable call. So perhaps I should have called his shove after all?

Board: 9d6s4c7s
Equity Win Tie
MP2 37.21% 35.38% 1.83% { 88 }
BB 62.79% 60.96% 1.83% { 99-88, 66, 44, A9s, K9s, Q9s, J8s+, T8s+, 97s+, 86s+, 76s, 65s, 54s, A9o }

Dec. 4, 2018 | 7:13 a.m.

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