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Comment | impregnatio commented on AJJ9 gets 3bet

OESD because hero has an ace, AJJ9 on QT4 board.
Preflop i'm not 4betting with 3 to a suit.
Interesting points (by plorious + plolearnerguy) about villains light raises and over adjusting...

April 2, 2019 | 11 a.m.

Comment | impregnatio commented on AJJ9 gets 3bet

good series i think it was a two part series. might revisit it, not sure i understood everything the first time around.

April 2, 2019 | 10:46 a.m.

agree with plolearnerguy.

note: stack sizes are a very important consideration worth posting for better hand discussion

April 2, 2019 | 10:40 a.m.

i don't like ripping it in here pre flop w 25bbs (too deep/hand not strong enough). flatting makes sense, especially if the blinds are passive and V is aggro and you have position.
i like the delayed RRAI on turn. I might ship the flop if at FT, as four shorter stacks behind. i might also fold pre flop sometimes if hyper aggro players in blinds.

April 2, 2019 | 6:58 a.m.

Hope so... I couldn't be bothered filling in all the purchase info only to find shipping cost to my part of the world was too much. I like LB's vids and presentation style and will read it one day. Available for purchase at the WSOP?

March 30, 2019 | 2:44 a.m.

I'm target audience... haven't played online since BF.
Found this very helpful, thank you.

March 30, 2019 | 12:07 a.m.

The chip leader and even second place are miles in front. So on one level it seems like you are playing for 3rd but I'd say yes shove if you want to have a chance to win, or at least finish top three. Very difficult to win/finish top three if you wait til short stack busts and you only have 7bbs. At that point you have very little FE if any.

I'd also say yes because the pay jump is only two buy ins and its def +ev shove with 12 bb. If the pay jump was five buy ins I might think differently.

Congrats btw

March 29, 2019 | 11:55 p.m.

mental game/re-wiring brain for poker including routine prior to play, dealing with everything (good and bad) that can happen at the table. So how to mentally deal with emotions of any sort while playing. How to move on from mistakes (learn what needs to be learnt but not beat self up over and over).... developing that thick skin one needs to be a good player.

Also (while not strictly mental game) how to go about best developing habit of post play evaluation/notes... perhaps also in game. also how to prepare self for being wise with big/medium scores... not dust it off jumping up stakes arrogantly or playing too loose or having an inflated ego or whatever. perhaps also something on how to keep ego in check and have an accurate self-image re skill level. Anything to do with healthy self talk if I can put it that way.

March 29, 2019 | 11:28 p.m.

maybe RIO will start some kind of freeroll tourney series for restricted country players only... essential member winner(s) receive elite memberships or any level members in any country can win wsop side event buy ins... winners wear RIO cap/shirt and keep some sort of video journal of the event they won entry into - that might be good promo material?

March 27, 2019 | 9:20 a.m.

Jason Koon - multi part series on short deck poker, covering:
playing pocket pairs (especially with a raise preflop), offsuit and suited AK, AQ, AJ, AT, smaller connectors offsuit and suited, playing Arag suited pre flop and on a low board with one/two of your suit, various heads up equities with a large number of hands - both pre flop and on various flops, playing a limp raise strategy/countering a limp raise strat, bluffing low boards, calling with small cards multi-way preflop when there should be tons of live small cards, bluffing high boards/monotone boards, bluffing in general, whatever else...

March 27, 2019 | 8:57 a.m.

Comment | impregnatio commented on AJ on 6K9J

when i first read this i thought fold. simple. whats this post about?
after thinking it through i think either a call or fold is ok. (use a randomizer?)

things to consider:
is UTG1 pouncing on a weak lead by BB with ATC?
UTG1: 24/18 694 hands so its not like he is spewing off chips.
his bet is less than 75% pot even after he's raised BB lead
why did he not cbet the flop?
so many bad/scare cards on river

with a bet and a raise in front of you it looks like your opponents are strong. however upon closer inspection UTG1 may be bluffing/semi-bluffing a very weak lead by BB. if he had a really strong hand wouldn't he bet closer to pot against two opponents? on the other hand his stats are sensible and he's UTG1 and perhaps BB is trying to induce?

arguments can be made for either calling or folding... i'm probably leaning towards calling (just) and possibly cbetting the flop... i might even find a turn bluff raise on occasion if I really think he;s attacking the BB's 12.5% pot size bet on turn.

why didn't you bet flop ip? (not saying you should have necessarily)

March 27, 2019 | midnight

Partially related question to this post: I'm wondering if anyone notice a trend towards players oop who turn a flush checking both turn and river. it used to be common for op players to check turn and lead river but now I'm wondering if the check turn check river is more common. and maybe some op players ahead of the curve are leading turn?

March 26, 2019 | 11:26 p.m.

I'm mostly calling here. i suspect your up against at least one weak Q/maybe a pair of 4s and maybe a gutshot/maybe a worse fd... two pair seems unlikely... so all those combos may shut down on the turn giving you a free river. if not, you can decide if you want to call turn depending on bet size/number of callers. if the turn is a T its a call minimum, maybe a shove, live reads important in that spot. what you put these guys on?

sometimes i'm re-raising pre flop but thats more likely if i know the players involved. certainly lTM or a long way from the money I'm more likely to semi-bluff. especially with two overs to the board.

what was the buy in?

March 26, 2019 | 10:49 p.m.

gee i don't think so... the pot odds are huge... Flop (27k)... calling the pfr is 5% of stack... if it was ten percent I'd fold, maybe even fold at 8%(?) but 5% seems reasonable.

the 3 opponents, two of which are UTG or UTG+1, is such a problem though.

gee, maybe this is a fold preflop... and only a call against CO, BTN, SB??
or maybe a call is better made with a hand less likely to be dominated by UTG/UTG+1... eg T9s

March 26, 2019 | 10:34 p.m.

Great opportunity, I'd be all over this if I could play online. Can't believe its taking so long to sort out how to tax online poker. Seven years already...

Look forward to watching this vid when it comes out.

For what its worth I'd like to see a review of something like the sunday mil or another major or a sunday tourney of some sort - something that has a good mix of regs and recs as opposed to mid week $109's or other tourneys that are reg heavy.

March 26, 2019 | 10:09 p.m.

Also how often are we going to be dealt any pocket pair, AA, KK, AK, any suited connectors, SC's JT+.

not sure if its possible to have an idea of what the average winning hand is in this game yet..?

what is the average dealt hand in this game, if Q7o in NLHE than what is it in SD?

how more often is AA and KK likely to clash? how many hands until we dealt AA on average? AK?

is position more important in SD? less important? the same as in NLHE?

any thoughts on seat selection? ie having a super loose guy on left who we can limp into and then jam our big hands OR nits on left who we can open wide and steal the 7 units out there pre flop. likewise what sort of players do we want on our right? guess this depends a little on our own playing style but its something to consider in every game. ultimately have to be able to adapt to any situ but I can't help but wonder in this relatively new game that if limping is going to be much more common than NLHE due to odds, ie number of units to fight over pre flop, then perhaps its profitable to have a maniac on left. aside from the limp jam thing the maniac might bet a lot of ppl out of multiway pots and then we have that info of what the other player in the hand has done.

March 26, 2019 | 1:59 p.m.

Hi Patrick,

definitely want to see more vids on short deck... my understanding is that with Y outs with two to come your odds are roughly Y x 6 and with one to come its Y x 3. so combo draws are massive... especially since a flush beats a boat. so basically suited connecters go way up in value.

some random thoughts n questions: using a limp jam strat with AA, KK, AK or RRjam with these hands seems straight forward enough but what about AQ? Given the short deck aren't we going to run into AK or QQ+ often enough that jamming AQ might be a mistake?

How much of a difference does AQs make? How much difference in general does suitedness make to our connected hands? incl one gappers? I mean i know suitedness important in this game but how can we quantify it?

A rag offsuit is junk but what about A8s A7s A6s that can make a flush AND a "wheel" or whatever the low straight is called in short deck... hubcap?

how viable is playing something like 78/89 when theres a raised pot and 3+ callers? I mean they should all have JT+ right? sharing each others cards... aren't all the low cards live??

how much more likely is it two people flop sets?

could you do a little more on hands that want to get heads up and which hands do better multi-way (there was a bit on your first SD vid)

some sort of intro starting hand by position info would be awesome. what hands can call a raise/3bet etc

March 26, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

Post | impregnatio posted in Other: short deck

any short deck vids coming up?

March 26, 2019 | 11:18 a.m.

well said, I'd add against two opponents i prefer to make this play on a rainbow board. drawing to straights when someone drawing to a flush is ughhh

March 26, 2019 | 11:17 a.m.

interesting situ given if you don't cash you lose your bounties... no wonder so many short stacks... on the one hand cashing wins you at least 4 buy ins but on the other hand the big money is top three so opening up when everyone is folding so much has a lot of value. especially if you can steal a couple times and get a double up - then you can apply pressure to the short stacks and run up a stack on the bubble = living the dream.

first spot i fold pre flop, as played i fold to the shove with loose big stack behind though an argument can be made that if you lose to short stack you likely in good shape against loose big stack so you quite likely to end up where you started.
review starting hands by position always worthwhile

second spot i fold preflop, ICM considerations say wait for two others to bust, even if only 7 handed I'd fold pre-flop here - you have more than double most players at your table.
review starting hands by position always worthwhile

It might be worth i) working out what your style is.... do you always go for first place? ladder up and hope for a good run of cards at FT? something in between?
ii) experimenting... some days deciding to play for first place, no fear no regrets. track results.

March 26, 2019 | 11:08 a.m.

i think its 50-50 on the turn. i get arguments for both betting and checking. i don't mind giving free card to a (drawing dead) straight draw that might not call a bet on turn but might put in a few chips on good river. less keen about giving Ac a freebie and would want to charge a hand that can call a bet. overall i think checking is superior, hope V "catches up" and willing to put more chips in pot.

as played I think a smaller river bet is the way to go. you bet half his stack on river. i think 3k or so more likely to be called. i realise that seeing the hand play out may influence me to say bet smaller on river but when an opponent has 13BBs... how much can he call?

esp when it seems very unlikely he has a weaker flush or a set or two pair... so, if he has a busted broadway draw he's never calling, its irrelevant, but if he has a weak A or KJ, QJ he could possibly call a small bet.

March 26, 2019 | 10:38 a.m.

Firstly, respect for being able to make a big fold, lots of players can't do that, you have to be able to do that sometimes also I like the bet sizing preflop and on flop.

gross spot... such a wet board... villain has committed over half his stack... i think with another 4500 or so behind i can find a fold here some of the time. if the 4500 was all in then I'm rarely folding. esp with such a big stack.

so we started hand with 180BBs. we can fold turn and have 160BBs OR if we get it in we have either 290 or 88 BBs. the other possibility is it goes check-check riv or perhaps we can find a T or we can bluff a spade if checked to (and maybe an 8?).

anyway, villain is UTG so usually has a strong starting hand (but it is low stakes so who knows). because of the check call flop and bombing the turn the hands i'd be most concerned about are AsTs, AsJs and especially JJ.

QQ and AA are likely RR preflop. or on the flop.
99 usually and 44 definitely raising flop.
so i discount those hands.
AQo and AsQs are possible but these hands likely raise flop. seems a weird line to check call flop and lead turn for pot size bet... so i discount those too.
other possible holdings might be AsJs or JsTs QsJs
the J turn is good for all those hands but KK is ahead of most of them.

i'd expect villain to rarely lead turn and if so much smaller size than full pot... given the bet size it just feels like villain hit that turn really hard. if i give villain JJ, QsJs, QJo 25% the time and JsTs, AsTs, AsJs, 75% of time then its a +ev call but if we think villain is in front 33% of the time it starts getting close... I like having the Ks in our hand, thats very important, but i hate the way V bombed turn - imo V hit that harrrrrd

March 26, 2019 | 10:12 a.m.

nice giraffe...
I like your motive for playing. well grounded. good luck.

March 26, 2019 | 8:54 a.m.

Sometimes you sit at a table and think man I really want to play hands against seats X and Y because they are terrible - weak, super transparent, under-defend blinds, overfold flops or whatever. Or you have history/meta game scenario where they just want to avoid you.

This is great if no-one else is aware of it but astute players may also recognise this and battles for those players blinds may get out of control.

I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on how to proceed when it seems clear that a few players are always battling for the same player(s) blinds. Opening when those players are in the blinds can become less profitable when others know what you are up to (and vice versa). Then again at some point someone is going to end up 4betting all in with ATC which is great if you have a hand.

So I guess this is more of a theory question rather than specific hand... any thoughts on going to war over weak players blinds?

I think this might be a good video topic
If it exists please share

March 26, 2019 | 8:45 a.m.

Comment | impregnatio commented on T8s on 282

hmmm opening T8s in MP... you have six players to act behind... hmmm

get back to that in a minute.... i'm snap folding to the maniac's RR on the flop. wait for a better spot.

here's why: you put in 1700 chips out of a 9K stack... with T8s in MP... in a single raised pot against four opponents... think about that for a minute... and then ask yourself another question-

what was your plan on the turn? to fold to a bet if the 8 didn't repeat? i mean if you peg him as a maniac you know another bet is coming, right? thats good if you have it and are happy for a maniac to take the betting lead.

but not this hand, you are drawing to two 8s only, you have zero backdoors... hitting a T is irrelevant, the guy is repping a deuce. if he bluffed you (AND two others in the pot) so what. it happens. you have a bluff catcher but are you willing to put stack on the line?

if you think he's most likely bluffing - you can RR on the flop but if he's a maniac he can bluff raise all in. you call it off? you shoving the flop seems spewy. you had 90BBs at start of hand. you'd be shipping 8700 to win 2700... you have to be right like 80% of the time.

so... (1) fold that hand in MP, play it in CO and BTN,

do some study on starting hands by position

(2) as played fold to the flop raise - preserve 1,000 chips ie 1/9th of your stack rather than dust off 1k drawing to two outs.

March 26, 2019 | 8:27 a.m.

Comment | impregnatio commented on Raise or call ?

agree with comments above,
definitely flat against one opponent... even though there are two opponents in this hand one of them has very few chips so why not play it like one opponent... if you flat and SB ships his tiny stack thats a great result especially if the CO calls/RR. awareness of stack sizes always important.

March 26, 2019 | 7:46 a.m.

check call... pot control spot v three players. firstly there is the possibility of a better king from an EP player (not to mention 22 or 33). additionally, checking gives an under pair, TT-99-88 or big ace AQ/AJ/AT a chance to bet. two benefits to checking the flop oop here - to pot control and/or induce.

also i want to charge a hand like 45 half pot on the river. maybe A4 or A5 come along for third pot... i don't like blasting a drawing hand out of the pot, especially when i hold a blocker to their draw, ie a 6 blocks the str draw and also gives me a full house and potential to win a big pot. so i hold two blockers to the str draw and therefore i really want to keep that hand in, whatever percentage of the time its in their range (theoretically, a low percentage from EP). same as when I have QQ on a 984 board. I'm much less concerned about JT in such a spot. I want JT to play with only 6 str outs.

Shoving Kh6h all in pre flop for 20 bbs is a mistake. Seat at the table more important than picking up 8 bbs. You could be in horrible shape against a pair 77+ or against a better K or just in regular bad shape against an A. Either UTG or UTG+1 are likely to call a shove as they have 100 and 42 bbs respectively and hero has 20 bbs.

March 21, 2019 | 2:34 a.m.

better yet



March 20, 2019 | 1:37 a.m.

This post is doing my head in, thanks therapist...

We have a 183BB stack, the button, and JJ in a 4bet pot. All we know about villain is he's playing four tables.

Are we:
a) set mining, folding flop
b) raising flop (raise/fold? raise/call off?)
c) calling flop, folding turn
d) calling flop, raising turn
e) calling flop and turn, folding river.
f) calling down
g) folding pre-flop

Some of these seem ridic obviously but I only think a,b,c,d to be viable. Maybe f too. Without a better idea of villain likelihood of 4betting AK v calling a 3B w AK its an awful spot. The more I think about a random in a pool that doesn't 4B enough the more I'm folding flop.

March 12, 2019 | 7:55 a.m.

At 33 mins you folded JT on river on a Q954T board... you mentioned opponent's most likely bluff was 76s... I was thinking about 9dXd (and even another JT). I guess you think those hands likely check riv? Therefore he's betting for value or bluffing? Found the "if I have a diamond in my hand I'm snap folding" helpful... been incorporating that block/unblock stuff a lot lately.

Hmmm... is there any point making a video/commenting in a vid about scenario's when the block/unblock is super relevant and other times when it is less so... I haven't got into too much trouble but wonder if the idea of blocks/unblocks could overshadow other more important concepts sometimes... eg live reads... I play live, live in a jurisdiction that hasn't worked out how to legislate ie tax online poker... can't be that hard, hurry it up already...

March 12, 2019 | 7:29 a.m.

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