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Interestingly when i have looked at a solver in these kind of spots it prefers continuing with non diamond hands. I guess the reasoning is that with a diamond in your hand you are reducing the likelihood of them having a flush draw which is the kind of semibluff you hope they are making here and want to continue against

In this exact spot im probably continuing. There are too many draws, i just think it is too nitty to fold flop here

Sept. 26, 2020 | 4:11 p.m.

Thanks. I generally elect not to have a raising range IP, but actually i think i need to introduce one to take my game further.

I ran this through a solver. It has a mix of calls and raises on the flop close to 50-50. It also elected to raise all in OTR. I run into the nuts here, but SB could also have a lot of lower flushes that I maybe wouldn't have got value from raising so small.

This is all helpful for me to realise i haven't butchered this hand. I am running so bad at the moment, constantly running into better hands and wondering whether i need to be folding these spots, but it seems this wasn't a spot to fold

Sept. 25, 2020 | 7:41 a.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Fold river with 2nd nuts?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $6.38
SB: $7.20
BB: $9.92 (Hero)
UTG: $5.00
MP: $13.31
CO: $5.00
Only 22 hands on villain who is 32/23 FWIW
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with K 4
4 folds, SB raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.10
Standard i think. SB is going to be opening a lot of hands and i am going to be flatting a lot of suited combos
Flop ($0.30) 4 J 3
SB bets $0.10, Hero calls $0.10
I dont have a raising range here so just call expecting villain to give up on a lot of turns. He is though presumably betting merged, so should i actually be looking to raise this for protection even in position?
Turn ($0.50) 4 J 3 8
SB bets $0.36, Hero calls $0.36
The sizing suddenly makes me think villain has also picked up a draw. but he's certainly be betting things like AJ, overpairs and sets for value
River ($1.22) 4 J 3 8 T
SB bets $1.17, Hero raises to $2.93, SB raises to $6.59 and is all in, Hero calls $3.66
I feel like i should raise here for value with the 2nd nuts, but when villain 3 bets me all in should i fold? At the time i knew it was going to be an A high flush but i reasoned that he could potentially be going for value with a Q high flush. In retrospect, villain is uncapped so can have things like AKd that i dont so is going to have more nut hands than me
Final Pot SB wins and shows a flush, Ace high.
BB lost and shows a flush, King high.
SB wins $13.80
Rake is $0.60

Sept. 24, 2020 | 8:02 a.m.

Very interesting. The Upswing standard preflop charts also have J9o as a flat in the BB v BTN so I don't think that can be discredited.

The only thing pushing me to a call was the busted spade draw but even then a lot of those are likely to be one pair hands villain probably checks down

Sept. 17, 2020 | 8:06 a.m.

Thanks. Yes, plenty to learn from this and i think you are absolutely on point. I realised that villain's range was uncapped, and that is essentially why i felt i needed to fold turn. I stabbed cos i didnt think i had any SDV and should have some fold equity, but in retrospect i should've checked back to realise my equity rather than risking getting blown off my equity with my non-nutted range

Sept. 16, 2020 | 8:50 a.m.

Thanks. Very interesting. Definitely seems i should have checked it back rather than try to extract some fold equity

Sept. 15, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

Why do you say that? Are you not concerned by the fact that villain could have a KdXd hand or a set that makes a boat on a 2d or 3d? Also, if the river bricks, is this hand a good bluffing candidate?

Sept. 15, 2020 | 4:36 p.m.

Thanks. If not this hand, what diamond draws would you bet? I suppose anything with the Kd would be preferable to avoid having to fold to a check raise like this

Sept. 15, 2020 | 4:35 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Help! lost with this hand
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $5.00 (Hero)
SB: $7.36
BB: $8.03
UTG: $5.00
MP: $5.07
CO: $5.00
68 hands on villain, who is 22/18
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with Q J
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.15, CO folds, Hero calls $0.15, 2 folds
Uncapped range for villain as the pre flop opener. I think my hand plays fine as a flat or 3bet
Flop ($0.37) 2 A T
MP bets $0.26, Hero calls $0.26
With a gutshot to the nuts and a diamond draw, I think this is an easy call. although villain bets big, i think it is the kind of flop he could be betting very frequently. I don't think i need a raising range here in position
Turn ($0.89) 2 A T 3
MP checks, Hero bets $0.43, MP raises to $1.71, Hero folds
When villain checks, i stab thinking he will give up plenty of times and i still have a good chance to make the best hand
Final Pot MP wins $1.68
Rake is $0.07

Sept. 15, 2020 | 1:23 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Do you ever fold AA here?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $5.04 (Hero)
SB: $5.00
BB: $3.00
UTG: $5.03
MP: $10.88
CO: $5.04
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BN with A A
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, SB folds, BB calls $0.10
No hands on villain, but BB calling range gonna be quite wide
Flop ($0.32) 8 T Q
BB checks, Hero bets $0.21, BB calls $0.21
I think this is a texture that hits the BB calling range quite hard. He's going to have a lot of middling connectors and suited combos. I would have a selective cbet strategy and still think AA is strong enough to go for value
Turn ($0.74) 8 T Q 7
BB bets $0.36, Hero calls $0.36
J9 was already a straight, but the 7 potentially makes some 2 pair and sets for villain.
River ($1.46) 8 T Q 7 K
BB bets $1.00, Hero calls $1.00
J9 and sets are the obvious value hands here. I unblock the busted spade draws and i block AJ
Final Pot BB wins and shows two pair, Queens and Sevens.
BB wins $3.32
Rake is $0.14

Sept. 15, 2020 | 11:49 a.m.

Thanks. Why do you say it would not make sense to be raising merged on a K high flop against HJ?

Sept. 14, 2020 | 4:51 p.m.

Thanks. This is a really useful comment. I hadn't even considered that I was blocking 56 and AK. I need to start working overbets into my game

Sept. 10, 2020 | 10:43 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Thoughts on this hand?
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $10.69
SB: $7.91
BB: $12.78 (Hero)
UTG: $4.06
MP: $3.65
CO: $5.83
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is BB with A 6
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.12, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.07
No hands on villain
Flop ($0.26) 8 K 7
Hero checks, MP bets $0.13, Hero raises to $0.30, MP calls $0.17
I raise as a semi bluff with BDFD, BD straight and an overcard. Probably too small?
Turn ($0.86) 8 K 7 4
Hero bets $0.41, MP raises to $1.23, Hero calls $0.82
Great card for me to barrel on, but maybe i should also be going bigger here? When he raises, I calculate I have at least 12 outs (spades and 5s), maybe A too so i have the odds to call
River ($3.32) 8 K 7 4 T
Hero checks, MP checks
River bricks and i dont really know what to do now. I often find i bluff the river in this situation and get snap called. I dont figure i have any fold equity given earlier streets and so just give up
Final Pot BB lost and shows high card Ace.
MP wins and shows a pair of Fours.
MP wins $3.18
Rake is $0.14

Sept. 10, 2020 | 8:05 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Bad fold?
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $14.26
SB: $10.74
BB: $51.84
UTG: $10.00 (Hero)
MP: $10.20
CO: $31.01
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is UTG with A 6
Hero raises to $0.25, 2 folds, BN calls $0.25, 2 folds
31 hands on villain who is 10/6, no 3 bets. I imagine his BTN calling range to include a lot of suited broadways and connectors, pocket pairs and some suited aces
Flop ($0.71) K 3 2
Hero bets $0.34, BN calls $0.34
Villain can't have any Ad hands, so expect his continuing range is pocket pairs, suited broadways and connectors, possibly some Ah hands
Turn ($1.39) K 3 2 2
Hero bets $0.67, BN raises to $1.40, Hero calls $0.73
The raise in position really confuses me. What is he representing? If he 3 bets KK and AK, it's a pretty narrow range of A2, 33, KXd hands. I'm getting odds to continue but should i just jam it here?
River ($4.19) K 3 2 2 A
Hero checks, BN bets $3.40, Hero folds
I make top pair, but i block some diamond draws i want him to have. He probably takes his SDV with a K. I also struggle to see him taking this line with better aces

Range seems to be some busted diamond draws (9 combos of QJ, QT, JT, T9, 98, 87), A2 (2 combos) and 33 (3 combos). On that basis do i need to be calling here given the odds?
Final Pot BN wins $4.00
Rake is $0.19

Aug. 31, 2020 | 3:15 p.m.

Thanks. This is really useful. I hadn't considered shoving turn, but in hindsight it does look like the right play given the range/combo stuff you have posted

Aug. 24, 2020 | 10:44 p.m.

Thanks. This all makes perfect sense. In the moment i was extremely worried and maybe not thinking clearly enough about the full range etc.

Aug. 24, 2020 | 10:43 p.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: What to make of this donk overbet?
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $19.12
SB: $10.36
BB: $90.95
UTG: $23.10
MP: $16.89
CO: $12.66 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is CO with Q J
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.25, 2 folds, BB calls $0.15
45 hands on villain, who is 31/22, AF 1.3. Also can't help but notice how deep villain's stack is (900BB), showing he is a winning player
Flop ($0.61) 6 J Q
BB bets $1.30, Hero calls $1.30
When villain donks for 2x pot, I do not know what to make of it. I am thinking 66, or possibly a spade draw. I don't think I can fold
Turn ($3.21) 6 J Q 4
BB bets $3.00, Hero calls $3.00
Still proceeding with caution, ready to lay it down OTR on some runouts
River ($9.21) 6 J Q 4 7
BB bets $8.80, Hero folds
When the spade hits on the river, I dont think i am beating anything. Just cannot see any bluffs in his range
Final Pot BB wins $8.80
Rake is $0.41

Aug. 24, 2020 | 4:01 p.m.

I have been opening 3BB UTG, 2.5BB in HJ/CO and then 2.25BB on BTN. My thinking is to make it unattractive for people to play me when I am out of position, and give me a cheap price on the steal.

However I see that MMAsherdog does the opposite, opening smaller UTG and larger on the BTN. His thinking is to reduce pot size when he's OOP and build pot when he's in position

Which approach is preferable?

Aug. 24, 2020 | 10:09 a.m.

RaoulFlush i am looking at getting gto+ too and would be interested in this. Could you post a thread if you do set something like this up?

Aug. 22, 2020 | 7:25 a.m.

Mudkip sorry, my mistake, was misreading the chart. They also have it as a fold

Aug. 21, 2020 | 4:52 p.m.

Thanks, interesting points. I've been using the Upswing charts and they have A8s as a defend UTG against a CO 3bet. But I can see the logic to folding

Aug. 21, 2020 | 6:43 a.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Have i assessed this correctly?
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $10.00
SB: $10.70
BB: $10.00
UTG: $15.26 (Hero)
MP: $15.22
CO: $13.32
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is UTG with A 8
Hero raises to $0.30, MP raises to $0.90, 4 folds, Hero calls $0.60
27 hands on villain, 22/19. No 3 bets from 13 opportunities

I would have his 3 betting range as TT+, pretty much all Axs, a few suited and unsuited broadways
Flop ($2.01) T T Q
Hero checks, MP checks
Turn ($2.01) T T Q Q
Hero checks, MP bets $1.30, Hero calls $1.30
River ($4.61) T T Q Q 8
Hero checks, MP bets $5.00, Hero folds
Final Pot MP wins $4.40
Rake is $0.21

Aug. 20, 2020 | 6:11 p.m.

Thanks. Why specifically would you fold this pre? Is it because I am 3 betting MP and then getting cold 4bet?

How about if BB folded and MP 4 bet?

Aug. 19, 2020 | 10:48 a.m.

Thanks. Yes, I think 3 betting this loose was probably a result of my initial running bad, and then contributing to it by putting myself in a spot i wasnt comfortable with. This is why i am now reviewing these spots, to see how i contributed to my own downfall. I certainly need to work on my understanding of how ranges hit positions, and how to size my bets

Aug. 19, 2020 | 10:42 a.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Help with where i went wrong
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $9.83
SB: $18.05
BB: $13.87
UTG: $16.90
MP: $9.99
CO: $13.49 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is CO with 9 7
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $0.90, 3 folds, MP calls $0.60
13 hands on villain who is 50/25

This is probably too loose 3 betting this hand?
Flop ($2.01) 6 J 8
MP checks, Hero bets $0.58, MP calls $0.58
I flop an open ender.

Looking at equilab, this texture actually hits HJ 3bet calling range quite hard, so i shoudl probably just be checking this back. Dont think i really have much fold equity particularly with the oddly small cbet
Turn ($3.17) 6 J 8 K
MP checks, Hero bets $0.91, MP calls $0.91
K better for my range, but really what am i representing. again, not sure what i am thinking with my sizing but should i be betting at all?
River ($4.99) 6 J 8 K T
MP checks, Hero bets $4.77, MP raises to $7.59 and is all in, Hero calls $2.82
Final Pot MP wins and shows a straight, Ten to Ace.
CO lost and shows a straight, Seven to Jack.
MP wins $19.26
Rake is $0.91

Aug. 19, 2020 | 10:12 a.m.

Hand History | darren2607 posted in NLHE: Was i just asking to be dominated?
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $10.00
SB: $10.61 (Hero)
BB: $19.28
UTG: $10.71
MP: $25.91
CO: $11.59
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is SB with A Q
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.30, 2 folds, Hero raises to $1.00, BB raises to $2.70, MP folds, Hero calls $1.70
Only 9 hands on villain, he's 22/22 FWIW. No 3 bet, but only 9 hands.

The question is how much respect do you give someone cold 4 betting? I thought immediately "i am asking to get dominated by calling here", but convinced myself on the basis of pot odds
Flop ($5.76) J 2 Q
Hero checks, BB bets $3.30, Hero calls $3.30
Turn ($12.36) J 2 Q 8
Hero checks, BB bets $13.27 and is all in, Hero calls $4.60 and is all in
River ($30.23) J 2 Q 8 A
Final Pot SB lost and shows two pair, Aces and Queens.
BB wins and shows three of a kind, Aces.
BB wins $20.59
Rake is $0.97

Aug. 19, 2020 | 9:58 a.m.

lIlCitanul nice video. I use equilab rather than flopzilla, but have been toying with getting gto+ too. What put me off is people saying it is like memorsising an answer rather than teaching you the logic, so perhaps i am best focused on theory lessons first. what do you think?

Aug. 18, 2020 | 10:33 p.m.

interesting that you say 18BI is average. it is 6x worse than what ive had previously and making me question my game!

Aug. 18, 2020 | 10:31 p.m.

this is a good idea. i may record myself playing sessions and talking - it might help me to be more accountable with some of my decisions

Aug. 18, 2020 | 10:30 p.m.

Thanks. I agree i need to spend some time on theory for a while before going to play, I feel like I've lost my way a little bit and need to reestablish some good fundamentals

Aug. 18, 2020 | 5:18 p.m.

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