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crazyriver

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Get a habit to take 5s or more to make a decision on the river, no matter how simple it might be. Spend this time to think through the hand, the ranges, etc. It's easy to be a calling station when you act fast, but I found it more difficult when I take more time to think about the hand.

June 5, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.

downflux01 my only problem here is that we have SPR < 1, once we call the flop, so it feels like we have to make the decision at this point whether we're calling it down on later streets or folding. I simply don't see a scenario, where I would call flop and give up on later streets that "shallow". But I might be totally wrong, as well...

May 29, 2020 | 11:48 a.m.

downflux01 would you fold on later streets unless improved? If yes, I don't see the merits of calling the flop raise.

May 29, 2020 | 10:55 a.m.

I saw middle pair, overpair and some draws vs this action (open ship on the flop with SPR>1). I'm calling with decent TP+, like Q9+ or K9+.

May 19, 2020 | 10:23 a.m.

Widen your 3-bet value range and tighten your 3-bet bluff range?

May 11, 2020 | 9:20 a.m.

Well, I think it's important not to look at bluffing, per se.

I mean, you should look at the best decision at a given situation (board, hand, actions in the hand, stacks, pot, opponents' tendencies, etc.), not as a bluffing or value betting in general.

To be honest, I think it's a common misconception that at micros you should never bluff (so betting with not made hand?). This way, you'd leave a lot of money on the table, not to mention, not improve as a player. There are times when bluffing with your given hand gives the highest EV, and other times when it definitely does not.

That said, post hands here, you're unsure of, and people should give you the right direction.

May 6, 2020 | 9:28 a.m.

Post | crazyriver posted in NLHE: 3-bet pot with TPGK

I have a more general question, how do you play these kind of hands? When do you give up? In all situations, so as 3-bettor, caller, ip, oop, etc. Just two examples what I mean:

Hand 1

BTN: 104.6 BB
SB: 153 BB
BB: 87.2 BB
UTG: 101.6 BB
Hero (MP): 104.6 BB
CO: 109.4 BB

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Qs Js
fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, CO raises to 8.4 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 6 BB

Is it a fold preflop given our positions? How would you play if it was CO vs BTN?

Flop : (18.2 BB, 2 players) 3h 7c Qc
Hero checks, CO bets 5.8 BB, Hero calls 5.8 BB

Turn : (29.8 BB, 2 players) 3d
Hero checks, CO bets 22 BB, Hero calls 22 BB

Fold vs this sizing?

River : (73.8 BB, 2 players) 4h
Hero checks, CO bets 73.2 BB and is all-in, Hero

Hand 2

BTN: 103.2 BB
SB: 133 BB
Hero (BB): 129.6 BB
UTG: 131.6 BB
MP: 105 BB
CO: 82 BB

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Jc Ac
fold, MP raises to 3 BB, CO calls 3 BB, BTN calls 3 BB, fold, Hero raises to 16 BB, MP calls 13 BB, fold, fold

Flop : (38.4 BB, 2 players) As 9d 6s
Hero bets 12.8 BB, MP calls 12.8 BB

Turn : (64 BB, 2 players) 4c
Hero checks, MP bets 20.2 BB, Hero calls 20.2 BB

It feels kind of commited at this point with SPR around 1.

River : (104.4 BB, 2 players) 5h
Hero checks, MP bets 56 BB and is all-in, Hero

May 5, 2020 | 10:23 a.m.

The only draws you're chopping with are what? KJ, KT and you block them. Doesn't make any sense to bet this river, especially this low. His range includes some Ax, some queens, some pps (that I seriously doubt are always folding to less than 1/3rd on the river).

Just take the free card on the turn. You're ahead of most of his draws, doing ok vs pps (which with huge bets you might target to fold) and I don't think you fold out too much when everything misses.

May 4, 2020 | 2:25 p.m.

I don't see how it can even remotely be a fold at any point.

May 4, 2020 | 2:09 p.m.

Sizings are too small both turn and river if you want to bluff with this.

May 4, 2020 | 12:26 p.m.

I'm yet to face someone at these stakes to fold an overpair on the river in this situation, to be honest.

May 2, 2020 | 8:27 p.m.

Yea, that was my thoughts as well, during the hand. I checked and it felt weird to see A-high from the villain but I guess it's fine as played.
What range are solvers bluffing on this river?

May 2, 2020 | 8:24 p.m.

Well, I played around with hit calculator, and it seems to be etiher a 3rd barrel if we put Tx into his turn calling range (and folding on the river) or a clear 2nd barrel if he's folding these Tx hands. Do you see any major flaws in my assumptions?

We don't really block that much of his drawing hands and I wouldn't even consider check this turn back to be honest.

May 2, 2020 | 8:22 p.m.

Hand History | crazyriver posted in NLHE: [NL5Z] Fd+overs ip in 3-bet pot
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $13.08 (Hero)
SB: $15.78
BB: $5.12
UTG: $5.00
MP: $5.42
CO: $6.72
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with K J
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.12, SB folds, BB raises to $0.38, Hero calls $0.26
Flop ($0.78) 4 7 9
BB bets $0.40, Hero calls $0.40
Typically, I don't raise in position vs c-bet, especially in 3-bet pots. Is it a mistake?
Turn ($1.58) 4 7 9 7
BB bets $1.03, Hero calls $1.03
I think we still have implied odds here, and doing ok vs his range.
River ($3.64) 4 7 9 7 2
BB checks, Hero
He does show a little weakness here. Should we bluff or are we likely to get called, given not a single draw hit?

May 2, 2020 | 12:42 a.m.

Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $9.05 (Hero)
SB: $14.26
BB: $5.55
UTG: $9.01
MP: $9.77
CO: $5.11
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with 7 9
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.12, SB folds, BB calls $0.07
Flop ($0.26) 4 T Q
BB checks, Hero bets $0.19, BB calls $0.19
I guess, with low card, backdoor draws it's a reasonable situation to bet.
Turn ($0.64) 4 T Q A
BB checks, Hero bets $0.46, BB calls $0.46
I think A is a decent card for us, to barrel. We probably have better range here.
River ($1.56) 4 T Q A 4
BB checks
Should we triple barrel this river? I think we should, given the flop/turn action. There are still some hands he can fold, like JT, T9, T8, J9, J8 that might get here. I kind of doubt typical villain at NL5Z is capable of folding Qx here, but I might be wrong.

May 2, 2020 | 12:36 a.m.

Comment | crazyriver commented on Pop analysis

I just wish I could use the Range Visualizer in PT4 for population (the stuff I'm using the sheets for, and it's still less rich and takes time, so I don't use it often). It's possible only with alias, I guess. But creating it manually must be a pain in the ass.
You could create a new player_id that would group all players but you directly in the database, but I'm not too sure it would work for non hu games.

But that Filter Expression is usually enough to get what you want quickly.

April 29, 2020 | 9:27 a.m.

I think it's also worth looking at the turn in this specific spot. I really don't see the player in position checking back with T there, with 2 flush draws and 3-way pot, and betting half pot on the river.

So imo well played on the river call.

April 29, 2020 | 8:57 a.m.

Comment | crazyriver commented on Pop analysis

Bartello82
1. Create a Player report.
2. Filters -> Expression Filters
3. Filter Expression:

player.player_name != 'abc'

where abc is your player name.
Now you add stats or simple filters with whatever you want. When you add a simple filter you just treat it as you'd play it yourself (not you faced the action), so if you want to check the hands the population open at SB you just put position SB and Open Raise

Other option is creating an alias for everyone but you. But I don't think there's an easy/straight forward way to achieve it. I've heard it's much easier in HEM but never used anything else than PT3/4.

April 29, 2020 | 8:51 a.m.

Are you playing SB as a 3-bet or fold strat or do you have a call range? Would change our strategy a decent amount.

lIlCitanul Can you elaborate on that a little bit? Readless, I'd really have no idea what to do here. Probably just fold it at SB.

I'd much rather 3-bet this from the button, or maybe even BB (although it plays fine with a call there I guess).

April 28, 2020 | 12:06 p.m.

Comment | crazyriver commented on Pop analysis

I do a little bit but I'm not sure I'd be much more help. I just use the custom reports for population frequencies to see what spots are the most exploitable.

Sometimes if I want to visualize a range for specific situations (for example 3-bet BB vs CO) I just import the hole cards + number of hands report to sheet and get something like this:

But not much more than that.

April 28, 2020 | 11:12 a.m.

Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll definitely look the calling spots up.

Agree on the SB, as I already mentioned in the post, I feel I was playing too wide/passive at SB.

April 27, 2020 | 6:30 p.m.

Thanks, very good point. I'll look at my ranges from early positions.

April 27, 2020 | 10:52 a.m.

Post | crazyriver posted in NLHE: Leak finding suggestions

Hi Guys,

A couple years ago I used to grind hu hypers, and this month I started playing a little bit again, and wanted to give a longer shot on 6-max cash.

I'm looking for stats advice. I know the sample is relatively small and I know variance (have run over 200 bis under ev in the past and was "fine" with it) but I want to target the leaks early, as I've started to question my game.

Based on stats, do you see any strong contender for situations to check?

At a glance, I see two potential leaks:
1) Playing way too wide at SB? I've just recently started to pay more attention to that.
2) Won at Showdown % could be higher? I feel I might be bluffing too much here and there or just generally be a little too loose postflop. I've started trying to be more aggressive with more backdoor draws and equity.
3) Losing at CO is weird, but I can definitely blame the sample on that I think.

NL10 Zoom

Btw, what's the top 3-5 stats you'd use on the HUD when having small samples? At the moment I'm looking at VPIP/PFR/3B/AFq and autonotes from PT4.

April 27, 2020 | 9:46 a.m.

As for studying, my typical approach is checking every >15bb pot.

Then if I see a repetitive mistake, for example calling vs x/r on the turn too wide or whatever I find, just filter it out and go through all these situations. Make a sticky note, and get through it before next sessions.

From time to time, I also like to analyze the population stats (and then ranges). There are also some frequencies that seem very exploitable (but it's always good to go through the hands in question, as the weird frequencies might just come up from variance).

April 23, 2020 | 7:09 p.m.

It's totally fine to have a calling range at 20bb. You're basically playing with 18bb effective stack to 4,5bb in the pot.

Similar SPR to what you have after flatting a 3-bet. Does it mean you're never calling vs a 3-bet?

April 23, 2020 | 10:43 a.m.

Totally agree.

One thing is pace. You simply lose much more often (and win as well, but naturally we feel losses more).

Second thing is the environment. You laugh, joke around, sip a pint, there's plenty of time before/after hands or just without any action for you, so it's much easier to calm down.

April 23, 2020 | 8:26 a.m.

3-bet wider (and generally play wider) for value instead of being polarized. Add more broadway hands to your 3-bet range.
Definitely don't tighten up. Rather the opposite.

April 22, 2020 | 12:04 p.m.

Comment | crazyriver commented on 3bet pot UTG vs BB

Typically I think you're way ahead here. Bet bigger turn, and bet the river. With flush draw missing you can expect plenty of calls.

April 22, 2020 | 9:54 a.m.

Comment | crazyriver commented on BTN Vs BB

Personally I'd go for something around 60% flop (although I can see it being a check sometimes) and around 75% turn.
And then... I never know what to do on the river and how to size the bluff.

April 22, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.

Well firstly, your sample is indeed small, so it's difficult to draw any meaningful conclusions.

Secondly, as you're a rec player, and want to learn the game, I'd suggest moving up aggressively with sticking to stop losses you're comfortable with.

That said, as you feel comfortable at the current stake, and can afford a couple (or more) BIs shot, just move up and move down, when hitting the stop loss.

April 21, 2020 | 9:21 p.m.

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