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Hand History | jjrunitoncejj posted in PLO: 3-bet pot, facing a flop x/r.
Blinds: $0.50/$1.00 (6 Players) BN: $78.44
SB: $100.00
BB: $790.99
UTG: $107.42
MP: $140.04
CO: $100.00 (Hero)
Preflop ($1.50) Hero is CO with 8 4 6 7
2 folds, Hero raises to $2.40, BN folds, SB raises to $8.20, BB folds, Hero calls $5.80
I have 110 hands on Villain. So far: VPIP 28 PFR 23, Total 3B: 8.8.
Flop ($17.40) 7 T 6
SB checks, Hero bets $8.00, SB raises to $40.62, Hero calls $32.62
I stab small after his check. When he x/r this size, I give him a range of 98, sets, and clubs + at least a pair or gutshot. My plan is to stack-off on a non-club non-ten Turn.
Do you agree with my guess of Villain's range? If yes, is my plan EV+?

June 11, 2015 | 3:49 p.m.

Thank you all for the replies. Battling with some regs on PS, I was surprised at just how loose they call the flop, which made me wonder.

July 23, 2014 | 9:16 a.m.

A somewhat specific post as I guess not that many players dabble in Limit HUO8. I am trying to evaluate which hands to fold to a C-bet.

The 3 hands below have the same Villain, who open 100% of BTN and C-bets 90%. In all three hands, the preflop action was BTN (Villain) raises, Hero (BB) calls, and the flop action was Hero checks, BTN C-bets. So the pot is 5 SB, 1 SB to call.

What is your action with the hands below?

Hand 1: Hero = 5d 3c 5s Qc, Flop = 3h 2s Kd

Hand 2: Hero = Ks Qd 6s 8d, Flop = Jh 3h 6c

Hand 3: Hero = Kh Kd 5c Jd, Flop = 3c 8h 2c

July 2, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.

I see your opponent's range as follow:

a) Complete bluffs with 0 equity, maybe some bare Qh bluffs.

b) Value-raise with a flush (most likely Q-high)

c) Hands with equity turned into a bluff.

Against a) , calling is obviously better than raising. Against b), calling is also superior to raising (as raising looks so much like the nuts).

Against c), finding the best option is less trivial. But the decision there is going to be somewhat close, and c) is likely to represent a very small part of your opponent's range anyway (as he is probably x/c most sets and maybe top-two, and because your 87 combo blocks other 2p combos).

So overall, calling wins.

March 14, 2014 | 1:03 p.m.

I am not sure he sees me as tilted, plus if he does, he might expect me to play looser. If anything, I am tempted to stick to the recent stats and treat him as passive.

March 14, 2014 | 8:47 a.m.

BB: Player1: $988
SB: Hero: $400
Villain is a PLO 400 reg. I have played him for 700 hands in the past, and he had somewhat aggro stats. I have him tagged as a bad player, but can't quite remember why (yes I know, great note-taking!). His OOP VPIP is 90%.

This said he has been playing this particular session in loose-passive style. He has made some very questionable oop flop calls of a c-bet. He has shown the goods in the only two hands where he has shown aggression so far.

My image is slightly aggro. I am down one buy-in, so my opponent is probably expecting me to be more aggro than usual.
Preflop ($6.00) (2 Players)
Hero was dealt 7 J 9 6
Hero raises to $10, Player1 calls $8
Flop ($24.00) 8 9 6 (2 Players)
Player1 checks, Hero bets $16, Player1 calls $16
Turn ($56.00) 5 (2 Players)
Player1 checks, Hero bets $39.96, Player1 raises to $141.52, Hero calls $101.56
This is where things start to go wrong. I have seen him play a second-nut straight passively early in the session. which might be relevant here.

A good reg would have a balanced x/r range here, including stuff like JT, QT9, QTT or maybe two small pairs turned into a bluff... But given that my opponent has been straightforward and passive so far, I believe his range is very nutty here.

I can't find a fold though, given that:
I am near the top of my range / I have a 7 blocker / a 9-6-T can win / he might check a club River giving me a choice to take a free SD or bluff.

Thoughts on my opponent's range? Standard call I assume?
River ($339.04) 3 (2 Players)
Player1 bets $280.98
Now what? I have 230$ left, I need 29% equity. Calling seems standard but given his style I just think he has T7 a lot...

March 13, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.

BB: Player1: $1256.81
SB: Hero: $533.19
Preflop ($6.00) (2 Players)
Hero was dealt 5 9 T 4
Hero raises to $10, Player1 calls $8
Flop ($24.00) 4 5 4 (2 Players)
Player1 checks, Hero bets $16.45, Player1 calls $16.45
Turn ($56.90) Q (2 Players)
Player1 checks, Hero bets $36, Player1 raises to $132.30

March 13, 2014 | 3:01 p.m.

Hi Stefan. You advocate raising sometimes. But the reason I chose to call with that specific hand is that:

a - I have bad kickers, making my hand poorer versus a get-it-in range and

b - I have the flush draw, meaning that when ahead there are very few bad cards for my hand.

If I had a raising range here I think the value part would likely look like non-FH AT and KT. Thoughts?

(While I would think like this at the table, I now realize that the A or K blocker would reduce the number of AA and KK combos which might compose a good part of my opponent's GII range that I actually beat with trips)

At the range level, I think that intuitively, because I would call with QQ and QT (which might not be correct btw), I would tend to call all the rest of my range. But I guess that never having the nuts in your raising range doesn't necessarily make it wrong to raise... 

March 10, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

FWIW in Villain's shoes on such a board I would typically have some sort of nut gutshot, weak pair or weak straight draw when x/r-ing with the intention of folding. In my experience, most of my opponents seem to use a similar approach. So I expect my opponent's x/r/folding range to have some decent equity versus my hand. This is actually what motivated my raise, as I didn't expect to get it in with an equity edge (thanks sted for putting a number on my equity vs get-it-in range). 

As for calling the flop x/r, facing a bet on a non-spade 2-4-6-7-9, do you call?

March 3, 2014 | 1:46 p.m.

Thank you for the replies.


Not sure what to do on the turn, as I'm not that keen on stacking though (maybe you could check jam for added fold equity, or if it goes check check then at getting to the river without growing the pot anymore could be a good result).

Well, I don't think I am doing great versus Villain's raising range after I bet and get raised. But at the same time I though that a very large part of Villain's range was a draw of pair + draw, hence my decision to pot / get it in.


Sorry what is 3b2i ?

March 3, 2014 | 1:31 p.m.

This is the second hand of the session, sorry I forgot to write it

Feb. 28, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

SB: Villain: $200
BB: Hero: $202
No read. I assume Villain to be a regular as he was waiting and I joined his table.
Preflop ($3.00) (2 Players)
Hero was dealt Q A K T
Villain raises to $6, Hero raises to $18, Villain calls $12
Flop ($39.00) 4 9 Q (2 Players)
Hero bets $24, Villain calls $24
Turn ($87.00) 4 9 Q 6 (2 Players)
Hero bets $83.50
I am unsure in the best line on the Turn. Do you prefer a check/raise? And if you prefer to bet, what sizing would you use?

Feb. 28, 2014 | 8:46 a.m.

BB: Villain: $560.14
SB: Hero: $200
We are about 10 hands into the session. Villain seems somewhat aggressive.
Preflop ($3.00) (2 Players)
Hero was dealt K J K A
Hero raises to $6, Villain calls $4
Flop ($13.00) 3 8 5 (2 Players)
Villain checks, Hero bets $8, Villain raises to $28, Hero raises to $68
Unless my opponent x/r flop frequency is very high, I don't think I have much of a 3-bet/fold range on such a flop. This makes me think that when I 3-bet, it should be for pot*. Thoughts?

(*except maybe with the very top of my range, where I want to encourage calls from say dominated draws...)

Feb. 27, 2014 | 9:24 a.m.

What about x/r turn? We do have some JT in our flop c/c range after all, and we have the T blocker + straight draw if called by a set.

Feb. 26, 2014 | 9:19 a.m.

Hand History | jjrunitoncejj posted in PLO: Zoom 200, flopping weak under-trips
SB: Hero: $207
BB: Villain: $168.47
We have only played 20 hands or so, but I have a feel that Villain is aggro: he has been 3-betting around 30% so far, has C-bet all the 3-bet pots so far, and tends to act quickly.
Preflop ($3.00) (2 Players)
Hero was dealt 6 T 2 4
Hero raises to $6, Villain raises to $18, Hero calls $12
Flop ($39.00) T T Q (2 Players)
Villain bets $26.62, Hero calls $26.62
What do you think of this call versus this Villain? And what would be your play readless?
I thought given my read, Villain was somewhat likely to barrel Turn with a wide range.
Turn ($92.24) T T Q 6 (2 Players)
Villain bets $58.56, Hero calls $58.56
I fill-up on the Turn. Calling seems very standard. Agreed?

The reason I ask is that I realize that my range is currently unbalanced in this spot, being mostly trips or above. This makes my call very transparent unfortunately. I assume the quick fix is to keep calling with FH and double-flat more with draws?

As a bonus question, what is your play if you change the Turn to the 5h?

Feb. 25, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.

When he calls I was pretty sure that he had an overpair because most of his hands that include a 7 would be like 567x or 789x and I would expect him to either raise flop or bet turn with these hands. Turn card is a pretty good card for me because I thought that now with the straight being outthere he will definitely fold his overpair at this point. correct?

Once he calls turn again I just decided to give up on the river because when he calls this turn as well i doubt he is folding his overpair OTR.

Hello RIO!

Reading the original post, my immediate reaction was to disagree with this read. My intuition is that a regular (somewhat solid by inference from preflop stats) will have a fairly strong range on this River. 

My intuition is that regs at these stakes understand that our flop bluffing range typically has some outs against aa**. From villain's point of view, the 5s is thus a very bad card if he indeed holds an overpair. I would thus expect him to fold a decent amount of naked overpairs on the Turn. I wonder what other posters think about villain's River range?

Feb. 25, 2014 | 2:39 p.m.

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