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I'm recommending a range check, i.e. checking your entire range. It's easier to balance in this spot than having a small betting range

Jan. 15, 2020 | 12:31 p.m.

Need to know what position hero is.

If in the blinds I think a strong case can be made for range checking as you are probably not 3 betting a good number of combos that hit this flop. Villain should have 77-99 more frequently than hero here as we would not 3B them at 100% frequency but villain is likely to open and call them in this spot. Same with JTs if we are in the BB, I think we are probably not 3betting that hand 100%. Our range also has to protect a lot of AK that we get here with that villain doesn't have since they would probably 4B it at least some frequency. We need to check our big hands to protect our air. From there we would split our range between X/C, X/F, and X/R.

Jan. 14, 2020 | 11:40 p.m.

With a known weaker player in the SB entering the pot, we have good implied odds the times that we make a strong hand (say a flush or trips). When the potential to win a big pot increases since a weaker player has entered into the pot, we should be more liberal with our BB defends.

Jan. 3, 2020 | 11:54 p.m.

Calling due to him likely having some kind of Ax at that point.

Nov. 24, 2019 | 6:32 p.m.

Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) SB: $13.97
BB: $4.12
UTG: $4.48
MP: $8.53
CO: $5.46 (Hero)
BN: $4.52
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is CO with 9 A
2 folds, Hero raises to $0.15, SB folds, BN calls $0.15, BB folds
Roughly the bottom of my open range here. Normal sizing is actually 2.5x, but there is a likely fish in the BB so I size up.
Flop ($0.37) A 6 7
Hero checks, BN bets $0.22, Hero calls $0.22
Figured this is a pretty good candidate to put into my X/C range here holding the Ad. No reads on BU other than he may be fishy due to stack size, but I was curious what others think about this spot. I figure villain can be betting some Ax, sets, 7x, flush draws, 67, 98, and T9. Possibly something like TT-88 as well, but I don't think those would bet 100% of the time.
Turn ($0.81) A 6 7 A
Hero checks, BN checks
Villain checking behind caps his range considerably on this card. 98, T9, 7x, flush draws and 88-TT are what I range him at here
River ($0.81) A 6 7 A 8
Hero bets $0.48, BN calls $0.48
River card uncaps villain so I cannot size much higher with this combo I think, but I figure a bet is mandatory here. I think any 8x will call for this size since it is unusual for someone to check an A at this stake as the preflop raiser. I may get a crying call from a 7 or TT as well.

Nov. 23, 2019 | 11:45 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on NL10z QTs calldown

What do you think about this spot? What does your range look like here? Do villain/population tendencies provide any insight into what the highest EV play is here?

Putting up a bunch of hands for us to review isn't going to do you as much good as figuring out the hand yourself, posting your thoughts, and having us critique the hand and your thought process.

FWIW I think this is a pretty light call down at 10NL but villain doesn't look like a reg so it is probably profitable.

Nov. 19, 2019 | 10:27 p.m.

Holding the Ks I am not folding but I expect to barely be scraping enough EV here at 10NL.

Nov. 18, 2019 | 10:13 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on 86s BB vs SB

Pre: this hand can slot into a polar 3B range with some frequency (probably something like 50%), but calling is fine as well.

Flop: we are going to have plenty of raises and plenty of calls here, honestly I don't know what a solver would say here but I think I would probably call a fair amount being in position, hoping to either capitalize on future FE or extract value if I hit one of my draws. Definitely want to raise some frequency with this combo as well, but not sure of exact ratios. Leaning towards 75% call 25% raise, but that may not be optimal and I wouldn't be surprised if it is nearly a pure raise.

Turn: I think this is a pretty good spot to overbet. Villain just capped himself at overpairs, and so now we yield all the Tx. This is definitely a spot we should look at multi sizes. With your particular combo I would go 1.5x pot.

River: Villain is massively capped. We have all the Tx, and a lot of 9x. If we aren't firing with this combo we need to have a pop. or player read that shows that we have no FE here. I know 10NL and you have heaps of FE here. We block 98 and 96s which are hands that villain could theoretically get here with.

Nov. 18, 2019 | 10:10 p.m.

Preflop: your 3b sizing is too large. When villain is raising 3.5BB, I think 10BB is probably on the large end.

Flop: no reason to raise in a MW 3B pot, range call is fine here.

Turn: While I don't think villain is generally bluffing at 10NL here, I think they could do this with AQ or AJ. In general I am not interested in folding TPTK even though it was a MW pot when the SPR is about 1 and villain is probably weaker (his preflop raise size indicates he hit the 'pot' button as opposed to actually thinking about his raise size).

Yeah we lost here but I think you will see enough spew and weaker hands playing this way at 10NL to make this profitable.

Nov. 12, 2019 | 10:25 p.m.

What stats is villain running? Just wondering how spewy he is looking.

Nov. 11, 2019 | 10:31 p.m.

4B jam. Don't overthink this spot, this isn't exclusively AA or KK. A normal size 4B leaves the SPR at 1, so might as well just GII here

Nov. 8, 2019 | 9:10 p.m.

Did UTG fold? Honestly I think villain is more likely to do this with AK than AA. For some reason people at these stakes will jam in these spots with AK and 4B like 3x with AA. I am less scared of this jam than I would be just a large 4B.

Calling if UTG folds.

Nov. 5, 2019 | 10:53 p.m.

Lean range check, but if you are going to bet I think it should be small, like quarter pot. As played you can never fold here.

Nov. 5, 2019 | 10:28 p.m.

Pre is fine

Flop I think cbet is fine, may size down slightly. Folding would be too nitty here, but I am not loving life as this is not a board with a lot of natural bluffs.

Turn is a terrible card because one of the few natural bluffs in villains range got there. We are probably still too high up in our range to fold tho.

I wouldn't be surprised if river is a call from a GTO perspective, but I am folding here. My experience is that villains at these stakes that are willing to raise a flop cbet in a multiway pot and then blast the turn and river just have it. This players stats are shaping up to be more calling station than they are aggro fish. I would expect you to be up against a set a very high percentage of the time

Oct. 30, 2019 | 12:56 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on 25NL Check Flop?

Preflop: I generally fold A7o without known recs in the blinds.

Flop: Villain could probably have every set here, but we likely have a range advantage because of the overpairs that are unique to us, so we likely want a reasonably high betting frequency. I don't mind betting at some frequency here with this hand, though I am inclined to check it the majority of the time, and instead betting stronger value hands or hands with less SDV.

When villain raises, this is a combo that should never enter our 3B range, and should instead likely fall into our call range. The jam is a massive punt to be honest.

Oct. 24, 2019 | 9:33 p.m.

No reason to open 2BB from HJ. You will get tons of action from a 5NLz pool. Rest of the hand seems standard. If there was a dead giveaway that villain was a fish (say an odd stack size), I would bet turn.

Oct. 22, 2019 | 12:24 p.m.

I think call river is completely fine. Villain is repping pretty much only AT, A6 or T6s for value (discounting 66 since it's 1 combo and assuming he would 3B TT pre). We unblock all bluffs except gutshots with a K, and we block a good amount of his value range holding an A.

We need like 31% here and with so many potential bluffs and a rather narrow value range for villain, I think we get there easily.

Oct. 18, 2019 | 12:34 p.m.

I play 3B or F from the SB unless I have a fish to act behind or a player I know doesn't 3B anywhere near enough.

On flop I think you can either lead or check, but when BB bets I think it's worth just flat calling to keep your calling range uncapped. It's a multiway pot and the board isn't overly wet to where you need value right now. Given the pot is bigger than a HU pot, you can get in a larger X/R on the turn than normal and extract additional value there.

Oct. 15, 2019 | 9:32 p.m.

Honestly multiway on wet boards I simplify to half pot but I am interested in hearing some other thoughts. Betting frequency should be low, and I think the range you described is pretty close to what it should be.

Oct. 2, 2019 | 9:25 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on HH hero callish

I'm pretty confident you are just trolling

Sept. 16, 2019 | 9:03 p.m.

Hand History | phrikshin posted in NLHE: 5NL Tight Preflop Fold Deep Stacked
Blinds: $0.02/$0.05 (6 Players) BN: $2.50
SB: $9.09 (Hero)
BB: $5.00
UTG: $8.83
MP: $8.97
CO: $1.81
Preflop ($0.07) Hero is SB with K A
UTG raises to $0.15, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.13, BB raises to $0.75, UTG raises to $8.83 and is all in, Hero folds, BB folds
Final Pot UTG wins $1.65

Sept. 9, 2019 | 10:48 p.m.

Comment | phrikshin commented on HH bluff

Pre I am going to ISO raise this player as opposed to limping behind.

Flop is just spew. No reason to have a near 3x overbet range in a multiway pot. If I saw this as the BB I would be checking to you a lot going forward.

Turn and river are okay I guess if you really think they will fold. I like the big bet on the river with our bluffs and a smaller bet with our 8x as a pure exploit.

I think in the long run if you are trying to bluff loose passive recs this way you are going to be losing money. These types of players very much dislike the fold button, and you are going to make more money value betting them than trying nonsensical triple barrel bluffs.

Sept. 5, 2019 | 9:21 p.m.

Best video I have seen on this subject is in the 'From the Ground Up' course by Pete Clarke.

Aug. 28, 2019 | 9:42 p.m.

I would bet some of the time on the flop. Can probably get away with 100% at 5NL, but I think your check is fine some of the time being OOP. Turn can be sized up closer to a PSB.

As for river, you need 33% equity. Villain probably does not value bet worse. Villain does get here with air in some flush draws, J9, and QJ. Villain can credibly rep some backed into hand like 2p or a straight. Pop. reads wise I would say that most 5NL fish (I assume he is since he has 80BB) and regs rarely raise river without the nuts unless they are an aggro fish. So if villain is an aggro fish, I would call, if villain is a reg or passive fish, I would lean fold.

In short, you need 33% equity and while this hand is very high up in your range, given pop. reads I would lean fold absent player reads.

Aug. 24, 2019 | 2:24 a.m.

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.

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