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Comment | phrikshin commented on 16z River decision

Pre is okay, but I 3B this hand with some frequency. Flop is fine. I actually prefer to raise these types of hands than nut FDs as those combos have SDV. Turn is fine, tho you may want to size up closer to 3/4th pot or pot in order to set up a river shove. River is fine. You block the types of hands you would want to fold out.

Aug. 19, 2019 | 9:27 p.m.

Agree with the KJ+ but I think we also probably want to unblock hearts too. 10NL villains tend to not bluff a ton in my experience so I would want to unblock as many natural bluffs as possible. The triple barrel bluff is also extremely rare in the 10NL population that I have played in, so I tend to be even more selective.

Aug. 13, 2019 | 9:33 p.m.

This is absurdly nitty. You only lose to a set of Kings or Jacks, and you block all but 1 combo of each of those. Villain could easily do this with AK. I would actually raise villain for value here.

Aug. 12, 2019 | 9:29 p.m.

With a player running an 11% 3B over 108 hands, we can assume they can 3B light. Given that they also have position on us, I think a strong case can be made that we should 4B pre. I would GII if I needed to as well.

As played, flop is standard. Turn fold is too nitty I think. Yeah they are a 30/14 but most of your tight passive players don't have an 11% 3B unless they are catching really hot cards.

Aug. 12, 2019 | 9:27 p.m.

Hand History | phrikshin posted in NLHE: 10NL River Bet Size Decision
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) MP: $9.35
CO: $10.25 (Hero)
BN: $9.26
SB: $9.90
BB: $10.22
UTG: $24.38
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is CO with K Q
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.25, BN calls $0.25, 2 folds
Pretty much my standard sizing from the CO w/o known fish in the blinds. BU ends up being a passive fish, but I think this was early enough in the session that I am unsure of his player type. I figure his range looks something like AJs-A2s, AJo-ATo, all suited and suited broadway except AK/AQ and KQs (assuming those get 3bet), 22-99, T9s-54s. I think this population tends to under-3B and call too wide. Some hands like KQs and AQ may be in his flat range.
Flop ($0.65) A A Q
Hero checks, BN checks
Good flop for my hand, I need no real protection at this point, but this is a hand I could bet at a fairly high frequency IP; however, since I am OOP I chose to beef up my X/C range a bit. Once they check back I immediately discount an A.
Turn ($0.65) A A Q 8
Hero bets $0.41, BN calls $0.41
8 is a decent card, and I think it is time to extract value. I could probably bet larger here, but I choose a more modest sizing trying to get value from draws, 8x, and weaker Qx.
River ($1.47) A A Q 8 7
Hero bets $0.60, BN folds
This is where I think I may have made a sizing mistake and could have gone larger to try and target worse Qx. I went for the block bet sizing in order to target things like 8x or maybe 99 that may call a smaller size. Obviously I am also not thrilled about the 3 hearts, but since I have the Qh I am not overly concerned and want to try and extract a small amount of value. This would be a B/F if villain were to raise. I don't think X/C is a good line against this pop. as my read on them is that river bets tend to be much more nutted and thin value is not something this population goes for. River bluffs tend to be rare here as well.
Final Pot CO wins $1.40
Rake is $0.07

Aug. 5, 2019 | 2:40 a.m.

In general, strange lines that involve committing a lot of money to the pot tend to be very nutted. I can't blame you for calling here tho when you don't hold the Kh, but this is likely a spot where you can exlploitatively fold

Aug. 1, 2019 | 3:30 a.m.

If you really hate poker, you shouldn't play mate. Find something you enjoy and spend your time doing that. There is no reason to ruin your day and your wife's day over some silly game. My other hobby is fishing and it is infinitely less stressful than poker

Aug. 1, 2019 | 3:26 a.m.

Agree with turn X/C. The turn min raise should immediately set off alarm bells, and I wouldn't fault you for folding right there. As played, river is a mandatory fold.

July 25, 2019 | 10:04 p.m.

The way the hand was played you could have loads of Tx, 7x, Jx, and better pocket pairs which would make better calls (as long as they didn't contain a heart). Keep in mind you are blocking a small number of FDs that may 3B pre with some frequency (A4hh, K4hh, 45hh), and villain can credibly rep Tx.

July 25, 2019 | 9:57 p.m.

Need size hero opened to

July 18, 2019 | 12:17 p.m.

If you are cbetting this flop selectively (which I think you should), you need to protect your checking range and a weak Ax is a good candidate to do so with. What are you really protecting against? Flush draws? A flush draw isn't folding. Any other Ax probably has you outkicked. Only reason to bet here is for value and I think you have better Ax for that.

I personally would have X/C flop and lead turn if villain checked behind. River is a clear value bet.

July 15, 2019 | 12:22 p.m.

Q pairing on the turn makes it less likely villain has a Q, and I doubt you are running into AA/KK here. You need about 30% equity to call villains bet on the river, and I think you get there. I would expect something like TT to play this exact way. Your hand was played weakly and villain could definitely be value betting worse hoping to get called by something like 88.

I would size up my turn bet as well fwiw.

July 6, 2019 | 8:15 p.m.

Hand History | phrikshin posted in NLHE: 25NLz Overbet Bluff Jam Turn in 3B Pot
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (6 Players) SB: $29.92
BB: $25.00 (Hero)
UTG: $24.46
MP: $25.85
CO: $95.12
BN: $24.39
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is BB with Q K
2 folds, CO raises to $0.75, BN folds, SB calls $0.65, Hero raises to $3.61, SB folds, CO calls $2.86
Flop ($7.97) J 2 2
Hero bets $2.53, CO calls $2.53
Turn ($13.03) J 2 2 T
Hero bets $18.86 and is all in, CO calls $18.86

July 6, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Hand History | phrikshin posted in NLHE: 25NLz AKo on Low Monotone Flop
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (6 Players) BN: Hero: $25.07 (Hero)
SB: P2_686558EK: $16.82
BB: P3_650629MT: $9.99
UTG: P4_845426FQ: $27.50
MP: P5_471361WA: $26.58
CO: P6_379480SD: $56.38
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is BN with K A
P4_845426FQ folds, P5_471361WA raises to $0.75, P6_379480SD folds, Hero raises to $2.25, 2 folds, P5_471361WA calls $1.50
Flop ($4.85) 2 9 5
P5_471361WA checks, Hero bets $1.53, P5_471361WA raises to $7.28, Hero raises to $22.82 and is all in, P5_471361WA calls $15.54

July 4, 2019 | 2:33 a.m.

I have seen bluffs on this line, but I think you have better hands to call with here. ATs with no diamond can be comfortably tossed.

July 1, 2019 | 9:12 p.m.

Well played. Triple barrel bluffing is just not something you see much of at 5NL. I would expect you to have the best hand less than 10% of the time here.

July 1, 2019 | 9:04 p.m.

I think you need to build a pot on the turn, so the raise is fine. This raise is fairly easy to balance with bluffs as well, so it's not like this is always value.

I think your sizing is fine on the river, can honestly even go bigger as Ax is going to call you here for even a PSB. When you get raised, it sucks, but I think you made the right play. River raises are so rarely bluffs at these stakes, and higher as well. They simply always have it here. I full expect that if you call you are going to be looking at AT/AK/QJ 95% of the time. Possibly TT as well.

May 10, 2019 | 9:08 p.m.

This is not a board I would range bet CO vs BU. Most CO 3B calling hands are going to smash this board, and so I would definitely want to be polar here. I would still bet this combo, but I would bet it larger to probably 2/3-3/4 pot.

April 29, 2019 | 9:13 p.m.

I am folding this hand pre. Cold calling with hands like this against a tight raiser at 5NL where rake is a massive consideration is going to be breakeven at best and likely -EV, even if villain is an obvious fish like this guy is. The raise being as large as it is makes this an even easier fold, there are tons of better spots that will come up against this guy.

The turn min raise is extremely nutted usually, but given your hand I don't think you can get away from it. I imagine you are running into AJ/AT of diamonds a lot here tho, but there may be some sets that make this play.

April 24, 2019 | 4:06 p.m.

Prefer a block bet on the river. Villain could easily play 97/96/95 this way (as well as better 9x). If villain had a boat, I think you get raised on the turn. 98 and 88 are the only realistic combos of boats if you think the board hits you both equally. That's 7 total combos. Villain isn't going to raise all of his flush combos here, just the stronger ones. You can easily toss your hand if you get raised with a block bet, and you may even get value from 8x or TT that didnt 3B

April 23, 2019 | 9:02 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on 25NL: 99 sb vs bb

I generally raise smaller in the SB. 3BB max even with a fish in the BB

Flop is standard. Turn seems fine. River is a bet/fold. A raise from a passive looking rec on the river is generally just the nuts.

April 14, 2019 | 3:07 a.m.

Your strategy really shouldn't change much against people that are 100BB deep. If another player is also 200BB deep, that is where things change. If anything you should actually play looser vs these players. Hands that were standard folds start becoming raises if they have decent implied odds (i.e. 76s, small pocket pairs, etc.), as when these hands hit you stand to win a much larger pot. Additionally when you flop a hand, you are often incentivized to play it a little more passive unless you have the nuts. The worst thing that can happen 200BB deep is that you get it in with the second best hand.

I also think you are using selective memory about people playing tighter against you. Most players do not consider stack depth when decided to open a hand or not

April 9, 2019 | 9:14 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on x

To add onto cg, this is a multiway pot so villains cbetting range may contract quite a bit, and so we need to be a bit more selective with our bluffs.

Also, I don't think you can rep much value by X/Ring flop and then betting 1/3 pot on turn. All my nutted hands are betting larger in that spot.

Feb. 27, 2019 | 10:58 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on x

Piggybacking off of Hawks comment, this is a slam dunk call in this spot as opposed to a 3B. There is a massive fish in the BB and you want to play the pot against him as opposed to the reg. The fish is your profit source. Your 3B blows the fish out of the pot which is a bad result. Obviously they could have folded anyways, but they are more likely to fold to a 3b

This error is magnified since you are both deep which belrio covered very well

Feb. 13, 2019 | 4:14 a.m.

Great video Patrick, i am excited to update my preflop strategy and construct some ranges for the other positions.

Question for you. Is there a certain stake where the rake becomes negligible enough or where you feel we need a strong enough grasp of the game to where you would want to go back to mixed?


Feb. 11, 2019 | 11:36 p.m.

I keep waffling back and forth on this spot. There are so few value hands in villains range, but I can't think of many bluffs either on the Ad river when you hold the Kd. Without specific reads that villain overbluffs, I go back to pop reads, and versus the 10NL population I guess this is just a fold as this is probably all value all day.

Feb. 9, 2019 | 1:01 a.m.

Hate the 76s call from the SB unless the BB is a passive fish. Even then it is very very loose. Would much rather a 3B or fold line.

Flop raise is fine.

Bet slightly bigger on the turn with the goal of setting up a river jam. JTs should actually.not be a worry as it is only 4 combos. His big pairs, sets, and 2p make up a much larger part of his range. Sometimes they will have it, but not often and I think they would have jammed turn on you with that hand.

Jam river

Feb. 4, 2019 | 10:41 p.m.

Also, I should mention that with a fish raising and a fish behind, this hand is a better flat pre. You want to play big pots with the fish, as opposed to blasting them out of the pot. This is even truer when you don't think your 3B has high fold equity. You should be linear with your 3B range I would think in this spot

Jan. 7, 2019 | 1:13 p.m.

I think you need to barrel this flop. You have a gutshot, 2 overs, and BD diamonds. A reg flatting this 3B in the BB would be heavily weighted towards 99/TT/JJ, but with a fish you can expect it to be much wider and contain a lot of stuff you can fold out like AJ/KJ/K9/77. Obviously he may have had 99 here, but I don't think he would have folded that. Your sample is just too small to say that he is tight when calling 3bets, he's a fish, most fish call too much.

BTN has a wide 3B calling range like you said, and there is a very large part of his range that you can fold out with a 1/3-1/2 pot bet. A very common thing at the microstakes is for people to fold to the preflop aggressor in 3B pots if they cbet the flop. Obviously you are never getting them to fold a T, but that's not really the goal. We want them to fold things like KQ, AJ, etc that is ahead or has good equity against us

Checking puts you in this awkward spot where you have to fold a ton of equity as you don't know what the BB will do.

Jan. 7, 2019 | 1:06 p.m.

No you do not need a HUD to be successful, but it is not going to hurt you to have it. Even if you don't want to use it for player stats, the ability to analyze your game from a statistical perspective and easily replay hands is invaluable.

Dec. 3, 2018 | 1:01 p.m.

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