Depends on how do you want to play your range on the flop. Personally, I don't split my range on Khi board, so I would bet really small. His most likely range is suited broadway and high pocket pair heavy and he doesn't have hands like 43s, A4s and A3s (you described him as tight) so we are huge equity favourite here. Also, I would check most turns with this combo, except for Q, J, T which gives him backdoor flushdraw. Checking on an ace is fine as I assume that he is more likely to have hands like AQs rather than JTs which means that he can't outdraw us on the river.
March 14, 2016 | 1:02 p.m.
I think raising in general could be OK in this spot, but as palyed I would have chosen KQ combo which blocks less of his backdoors (we want to have Ks or Qs in our hand). Checking turn seems fine as a lot of our semibluffs missed and didn't improve so we want to see a free river card. This play was made more like an exploit, but thinking more about it, I think my opponents will fold most stuff which we want to fold out on the flop so by betting turn, especially this sizing, we are just putting money on fire.
Feb. 26, 2016 | 4:20 p.m.
Well, this hand can be played either way. Best hands to raise as a bluff would be small fds, bdfd and gutter or hand like this one. I think today, I would raise this hand with ~75% freq and call the other times.
Feb. 5, 2016 | 6:59 p.m.
When we are in a zoom game, where we have fast fold button available, I prefer opening wider preflop and having smaller sizing allows me that. Also, if players are passive preflop and sticky postflop, I would still open smaller, but if they fold a lot postflop and are very passive preflop, increasing your opening sizing will net you more money when you bet on the flop and later streets.
Jan. 15, 2016 | 2:26 a.m.
When we are playing vs weaker player, we just have to think what is the most likely hand our opponent can have. I think when weaker player doesn't bet in this spot, he mostly has a give up or a random Q and betting once huge as a bluff should be quite profitable. On the other hand, when we are playing vs regular, I wouldn't overbet this spot quite often on the turn as we are limited with our turn value hands (we don't have AQ, TT, even KQo preflop) which makes our turn range very bluff heavy. For this sizing, we can valuebet some Tx and on a board such dynamic as that, we can introduce river overbets on blanks if we want to.
Jan. 15, 2016 | 2:20 a.m.
It's based on few different factors, including how much bb folds, table cold calling frequencies, overall table 3b frequency and rake. At nl16/25 I would definitely open 3x preflop from all positions, unless you have 3 betting maniacs behind, then I would tighten up my range, to a point that I almost don't fold to any of their 3b.
Dec. 18, 2015 | 3:14 p.m.
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Dec. 15, 2015 | 4:29 p.m.
4.09: when we make it 2->6 we are giving him very good pot odds, my standard is to 3x vs 3x open preflop.
4.56: overbetting in a spot where we don't have that many value hands is usually quite bad, we only rep KQ+ for value and if we overbet, we can't have that many bluffs in our range also, if our opponent has Kx he has a very easy decision. Keep in mind that he has many flop floats with bdfds, mid pairs and such and if we bet huge he is just going to make a right decision folding e.g 60% of his range vs small overbet. I also mentioned that I bet small like that vs fun players, not vs regulars. Some of them don't even look at the betsize and click call instantly.
7.24: The flop was multiway and we were getting excellent pot odds, if it was HU, we could construct x/r range with hand like this vs co or bu opens. I would probably x/r stronger draws here multiway as a bluff when we have 2 or more players in the pot, our bluffs have to work more often so we want to have stronger range in general.
For the JTo, I think you are talking about a spot where a got limp raised bvb. First of all, I don't have any good hands in that spot besides A3s and 33, my range is weaker than my opponents and none of my hands need protection so if i start raising JTo, QJo hands I will be very unbalanced and bluff heavy. On a board like T77r, we have to look at who has more 7x in their range, if we have more, we can start raising gutters more often. Also, good thing about J8o is that it dominates all of my oppoents gutter except for J9o and it can also hit an overcard to the T, so I would lean towards x/r more 86, 96 type hands.
12.45: My preflop defend is very marginal, I sometimes 4b, sometimes call. On the flop I think my opponents is rarely calling worse, maybe some Kx and he still has plenty of stronger Ax in his range so by betting we usually end up value cutting ourselves. If I wanted to start barreling this flop, I would go with AQ+ for value and some flushdraws, gutters and backdoor flushdraws as a bluff. If I had AJhh for instance, I could start betting the flop too. You seem to be looking in the spots with your current holdings, not overall range, try to think on what effect does it have on your range if you start betting every good hand on the flop. I don't say that this kind of thinking is bad, but it should be only used against weaker players.
Dec. 15, 2015 | 4:11 p.m.
Hi, thanks for the question
When our opponent checks this flop, his range is generally very capped to Ax . I do not expect average nl100 opponent to have any slowplays like AA or QQ on this board. I would check raise any twopair+ for value and plenty of draws, even as weak as KJo (has good blockers to his AK, AJ which he could use to b/c c river with). I would overbet on blanks and bet a sizing close to pot on cards which can complete reasonable draws. Only card on which I would be careful on is an A, because it reduces our 2p combos and gets some of them counterfeit. I would still use huge sizing on this card with my full houses and some broadway type missed gutshots.
Dec. 4, 2015 | 3:13 p.m.
I played this at the second quarter of 2014. As of recent changes on pokerstars policy, I'm moving to other sites and not going to play zoom anymore. Hard to say about now, but I'm pretty sure that biggest differences are as always: better bet sizings with their range, more appropriately constructed ranges which are ready to defend vs different strategies, people are less predictable, regulars defend their blinds more often and play better OOP overall, tons of tiny technical stuff which they are sharper at and overall more solid mental game. I've played nl100 zoom mostly this year with some nl200 zoom and mtts. Also, I'm quite sure that the best nl100 regulars would be able to breakeven at nl500 zoom and the only reason why they don't play there is because their hourly is just higher playing nl100 with reduced stress and variance.
Nov. 25, 2015 | 5:07 p.m.
I think given this spot, bb is a very tight player, who is folding a lot, both guys behind me ip are not very aggressive 3-bettors and the limper is 60% vpip fun player my range would be very similar to the one which I open in CO. I would recommend limping smaller suited connected hands and small pocket pairs (22-55, 74s type stuff)
Nov. 5, 2015 | 3:13 p.m.
Thanks. I've had a read on that opponent which I can't reveal as it would be unfair from his perspective. As for bluffs, it would be easy for me to find any suited junk, Kxs e.g which i 4b and decided to call a 5b getting good odds.
Nov. 4, 2015 | 2:10 p.m.
Thanks for putting your time for such a comment, David.
For the 65s hand, your idea of betting the turn is great, although I would be careful barreling against some player types who are more stubborn. If bu never folds 77-JJ, we end up putting money in a spot where we have ~20% eq multiway, a bit more if sb folds. I think when playing zoom game, where players are more likely to fold, betting here is a bit better than checking.
The TT hands is a simple in a way, that flop is an easy call given these pot odds and one more fact that a regular is not likely to give us good price to outdraw his Jx so his range is supposed to be slightly weaker.
I think by 67o hand, you meant the 67s hand which I had in the BB. Given the pot is multiway, we have to defend 67% of the time collectively with mp. With the range I have preflop here, I'm going to have tp+ ~25% of the time and if include gutters and some AJs type hands with bdfd, I will be defending ~38% which should be enough. With this range, I will have very easy decisions OTT and its unnecessary to include hands like 67s w/o bdfd.
KQss vs weaker player. Do not over complicate things when playing vs weaker players, their ranges are mostly face-up. If you think that they have a weak holding, just bet big and make them fold, If you have a hand which can get value when he is likely to fold, bet smaller. Elastic sizings vs elastic ranges!