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Thanks. Yes, thinking about this more I put too much emphasis on my actual hand and not enough on my overall range which should have hit this flop pretty hard. In hindsight i should have bet flop

July 3, 2020 | 8:44 a.m.

Thanks. I just perceived this board to hit the calling range really hard and for me to have close to zero fold equity so was wary about bloating a pot i was feeling uncomfortable in. But yes, it is a fair point, I lost control of this by effectively stating this wasn't a great flop for me. Perhaps if I cbet small i get to check back the turn and then have a much easier decision on the river

July 2, 2020 | 3:32 p.m.

Thanks. I hadn't considered a small blocker bet. That is something i need to work into my game more

July 2, 2020 | 3:28 p.m.

Comment | darren2607 commented on QQ NL16

My initial thought was "wow, that is a conservative fold", I would still expect KK or AA to 4 bet out of position, but really what would he have that would take that line? is he opening 89s UTG and defending a 3 bet out of position? Possible. but IMO it's going to be value heavy i think, pocket 6s and 7s. As you say, i don't see middling hands with SDV taking this line. and i struggle to see what bluffs he could have here apart from 89.

With that big a bet, he's pot committed and the rest will be going in OTT. So, yeah, i think you've probably saved yourself a headache and better to look for fatter value elsewhere. Best case scenario is he has 89 with decent equity against you. So i can get behind this fold with no more information on villain.

July 1, 2020 | 10:20 a.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Do you call this river?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) SB: $7.60
BB: $5.00
UTG: $6.09
MP: $2.91
CO: $5.19
BN: $5.62 (Hero)
I have 80 hands on villain. He is 25/19. AF 2.7
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with A A
UTG raises to $0.15, MP calls $0.15, CO calls $0.15, Hero raises to $0.90, 2 folds, UTG calls $0.75, MP calls $0.75, CO folds
Pretty sizable 3bet from me which gets 2 callers. I'm essentially thinking broadways and high pocket pairs
Flop ($2.92) Q J T
UTG checks, MP checks, Hero checks
A pretty horrible flop I think, with lots of broadways making big hands. So I elect to check back for pot control.
Turn ($2.92) Q J T 2
UTG bets $0.90, MP folds, Hero calls $0.90
Would UTG be leading with top or middle pair hands? I think leading here is pretty polarized
River ($4.72) Q J T 2 5
UTG bets $4.29 and is all in, Hero folds
It doesn't feel good to fold aces, but I struggle to see anything in villains range i am beating except for KK which I don't think is stacking off like this
Final Pot UTG wins $4.52
Rake is $0.20

June 29, 2020 | 5:36 p.m.

Comment | darren2607 commented on NL2ZOOM AQ

Do you have any reads on the player?

Personally probably wouldnt 3bet pre flop. SB open range will be quite wide and i'd like to keep some stronger hands in my flatting range.

What backdoor flush draw would they be calling prelop and the flop with? it can't include the As so would be pretty loose i think. i don't see them having many (if any) flushes here.

That turn raise is basically saying they have Ax, or maybe 88 or 22 that didn't raise the flop. When they jam the river you need about 30% equity to call. I think i call, this hand is too high up my range here

June 14, 2020 | 9:15 a.m.

This is basically my question on how i played it. By only calling and not raising/jamming the flop i get denied my equity later, especially out of position, which i wasn't happy about but do i have any fold equity? I have 33% against any 7x hand, and 40% against any overpair

June 12, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.

Thanks. It doesn't feel good to have to play a draw this way - like I'm an open book and can be priced out the pot, but good to know it wasn't a horror. i'll check out my database

June 11, 2020 | 9:48 p.m.

Haha, i think this is a fair cop! I should've folded pre and my calls got looser as the hand went on. Probably a few factors at play here (including still thinking over the other hand i posted and whether i should have been calling that draw)

June 11, 2020 | 9:44 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: How to play this draw pt II?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) SB: $5.85
BB: $5.32
UTG: $6.75
MP: $9.73 (Hero)
CO: $6.77
BN: $5.40
I have 75 hands on villain. He is 25.24 with 3 bet of 12%. He cbets the flop 75% and the turn 50%
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is MP with 8 T
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.12, 2 folds, SB raises to $0.41, BB folds, Hero calls $0.29
This is quite a loose open from me in MP, but the CO and BTN were nits so i was expecting to play in position

When he 3 bets i need 33% equity which i just about have against a 10% range
Flop ($0.87) 9 Q 9
SB bets $0.29, Hero calls $0.29
I need 20% equity to call. Is this a bad call? I have a gut shot straight, I'm in position and villain if cbetting 75% of the time. I feel like i could take this hand down later. However, Jd isn't a clean out for me.
Turn ($1.45) 9 Q 9 6
SB bets $0.76, Hero calls $0.76
Now i pick up a straight either side, though again diamond outs aren't clean. I need 25% equity to call
River ($2.97) 9 Q 9 6 3
SB bets $2.14, Hero folds
I dont get there and I dont think i can do anything but fold. I thought about jamming but there wasn't much behind and villain would be priced to call quite wide
Final Pot SB wins $2.85
Rake is $0.12

June 11, 2020 | 8:29 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: How to play this draw?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) MP: $6.11
CO: $5.24
BN: $5.43
SB: $9.16 (Hero)
BB: $4.26
UTG: $5.56
I have 60 hands on MP villain. He is 26/26 AF 1.4
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with 5 6
UTG raises to $0.15, MP calls $0.15, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.13, BB calls $0.10
I'm not closing the action but I am getting pot odds of nearly 3 to 1 or more if the BB completes
Flop ($0.60) 7 7 3
Hero checks, BB checks, UTG checks, MP bets $0.30, Hero calls $0.30, BB folds, UTG folds
I pick up a pretty health draw. 1 card to a flush, a gutshot straight and straight flush. I don't think there is too much bluffing in this spot, I'm expecting pocket pairs and the occassional 87suited. I am certainly getting good odds and think I may be better with just a call in the hope that others might come along. Is this a mistake though?
Turn ($1.20) 7 7 3 Q
Hero checks, MP bets $0.80, Hero folds
The turn bricks from my perspective and villain bets 2/3 pot. I need 28.6% equity to call.

If i put villain on any pocket pair and 78suited, i have 26.5% equity against his range so it's close, though i could be more or less dead to any full house.

Even if i make it, i think i will struggle to extract value out of position with my hand being quite face up
Final Pot MP wins $1.15
Rake is $0.05

June 11, 2020 | 8:18 p.m.

Thanks. An insightful response

June 11, 2020 | 8:07 p.m.

Thanks. I effectively take a 100% checking policy on this texture out of position and just look to check/call with the types of hands you've mentioned. What I have found at this level is that villain will often stab the pot when checked to, so it is good to have value hands in that check range. Problem is that it means i get to the river with very few bluffs

June 10, 2020 | 9:40 p.m.

Thank you. I do think I need to size up my 3 bet

June 10, 2020 | 9:48 a.m.

Thank you, that's helpful

June 9, 2020 | 7:21 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Struggles in 3 bet pot out of position
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) UTG: $3.71
MP: $6.14
CO: $5.76
BN: $5.00
SB: $4.04
BB: $6.80 (Hero)
I dont have much info on villain. He is 20/11 after 36 hands. No info on how he deals with cbets
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with A 5
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.13, 3 folds, Hero raises to $0.45, MP calls $0.32
Villain opens to 2.5BB. A5s is in my 3 bet range. I made it 9BB, trying to size it to make sure he doesnt call too wide.
Flop ($0.92) 7 K 4
Hero bets $0.26, MP calls $0.26
I cbet effectively 100% on this texture. I could certainly have some Ks in my 3 bet range. so make a 1/3 pot bet.
Turn ($1.44) 7 K 4 K
Hero checks, MP bets $0.91, Hero folds
On the turn, I have adopted a strategy of checking 100% of my range to protect my value hands and avoid just checking my trash. However, when villain bets 2/3 pot, I think I just have to let this go. Sure, i am blocking some AK combinations but I just don't think I have enough equity to continue
Final Pot MP wins $1.38
Rake is $0.06

June 9, 2020 | 2:06 p.m.

Yes, i try to do this. I have my settings in game as show stacks/bets as BB etc rather than money, just need to be more disciplined

June 9, 2020 | 7:56 a.m.

Thanks. This is excellent advice and i will be sure to do a more detailed review. I have HM3, and have already looked at my WTSD and W$SD stats.

For WTSD i have overall 30.1% after 15k hands. HM2 tutorial says a good amount is 26-30%.

For W$SD i have 49.5% overall. HM2 tutorial says 51-54% is good.

So i am very slightly getting to showdown too often and slightly losing more than i should at showdown. Something to work on, but perhaps the issue isn't as pronounced as i thought

June 8, 2020 | 4:31 p.m.

This is a good point and I have been more disciplined since, but am immediately thinking about whether i am being too nitty. I am now only really getting to river with a winning hand and, as you say, my redline is suffering whilst i wait for the bigger hand payoff. I need to find the right balance

June 8, 2020 | 11:36 a.m.

I am going through Elliott's course now, so hopefully that will help. Money is part of it. When the call is 50c maybe it doesn't register enough. but i need to think of the bigger picture as you say

June 8, 2020 | 11:34 a.m.

Thanks. You ask a good question about what the specific circumstances are. I will need to think about this. I also need to adopt a more mechanical thought process when making my decision in the limited time i have in game on my turn

June 7, 2020 | 10:24 p.m.

Thanks. It certainly is some sort of autopilot or impulsiveness that overrides my logical thinking. It's like a car crash, I know it's bad but I just have to look!

June 5, 2020 | 4:22 p.m.

Thanks. I'll have to have a think about exactly how I am ending up in the river spots, but i generally think my play is OK before that and i dont think it is any specific lines that are causing me grief. i feel like im reading the play, but then calling anyway against my better instinct

June 5, 2020 | 2:07 p.m.

This is good advice. One of the things I noticed I did recently when making a call was not even looking to see what size bet the villain had made. I just lose the wider perspective and my routine

June 5, 2020 | 1:56 p.m.

Post | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Trouble folding river

I have difficulty getting away on the river. Even though I know people don't bluff particularly well at my stakes, I end up calling just for confirmation I am beaten. I'm interested in whether others have dealt with the same and how they overcome it.

When I have had a few beats, it gets worse and I just become a bit of a station.

Logically I know this is a leak and I need to lower my losses to increase my profitability and I can see it clear as day when I do hand reviews after session. But even if I am thinking I need to fold a given hand I find my mouse quickly moving over to call. I guess it is a lack of discipline but not sure how best to address it

June 5, 2020 | 1:02 p.m.

Thanks. The 90% was against his range on the flop assuming he only raised top pair, draws or better from his 25% range. Given the draws are mostly gutshots or BDFD I was thinking a set was more likely.

Would you fold OTT there? That seems close to me and I still think I favour a call.

On the river, the OESD and BDFD don't get there so could be bluffs in his range., although the BDFD may not keep betting turn. But at these stakes few people are raising flop then barreling turn and river without value so I should probably fold river (exploitative fold?)

June 4, 2020 | 7:37 a.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Am i ever folding here?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) CO: $2.00
BN: $7.54
SB: $5.02 (Hero)
BB: $4.87
UTG: $5.14
MP: $6.00
Villain on the BN is a 25/12 after 50 hands. AF 7.5.
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with K K
2 folds, CO checks, BN calls $0.05, Hero raises to $0.25, BB folds, CO folds, BN calls $0.20
Value raise for me out of position. A 25% range for villain should include a lot of broadways, pocket pairs and medium suited connectors.
Flop ($0.60) 3 4 8
Hero bets $0.17, BN raises to $0.60, Hero calls $0.43
Looks pretty dry to me and I'm betting for value

According to Equilab, villain has a set 1.1% of the time which is my main concern and most of his range will be overcards and backdoor straight draws. His raise is interesting but i think a mandatory call for me.

Maybe i should bet bigger or shove his raise?
Turn ($1.80) 3 4 8 5
Hero checks, BN bets $1.30, Hero calls $1.30
I check here which i would do with 100% of my range out of position and call
River ($4.40) 3 4 8 5 3
Hero checks, BN bets $5.39 and is all in, Hero calls $2.87 and is all in
Board pairs, but i think any 3 is unlikely. The 67 and A2 get there. Really im worried about sets. I don't think aces are likely given his limp call pre flop

Final Pot BN wins and shows a straight, Four to Eight.
SB lost and shows two pair, Kings and Threes.
BN wins $9.72
Rake is $0.42

June 3, 2020 | 7:25 p.m.

I agree with Dr Hans, villain has hands like pocket 8s, pocket 10s, A8, A10, JQs in his range which we probably don't as the 3 bettor. They'll also have some draws. Since this board hits villains range so hard, I don't think you should be betting the flop out of position, just check/call. I also think your bet size is too big. Why that size?

Should you call the raise? You need about 20% equity to make the call. Have you played around with an equity calculator to see how you would fare? The above shows you had 16% against his exact hand, so it's marginal.

June 1, 2020 | 10:27 p.m.

Agree with above. Happy to get it in. Think your levelling yourself by giving someone at 10NL credit for being able to accurately assess your squeezing range.  

Oct. 30, 2013 | 2:56 p.m.

Hi guys,

Just wondering whether anyone has any experience of using any of the additional tools you can get on HEM2 e.g. table ninja or leakbuster?

Are any of these worth having? I had a look at the free version of leakbuster and wasn't bowled over


Oct. 25, 2013 | 4:51 p.m.

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