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Tell me how did I play this hand? I am not sure about the sizing of my 4bet. Pokersnowie recommends
something like 3x but I use 2.5x oop as the microstake coach said. What's your opinion?

On the flop I really didn't have any idea what to do. Very small spr, possibility to hit A or K. I went all
in and wished opp to fold his, hmm, 4bet calling range, maybe 88-JJ, AK, AQ,

PokerStars - $0.05 NL FAST (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

BTN: 112.8 BB
SB: 100 BB
BB: 100 BB
UTG: 100 BB
Hero (MP): 100 BB
CO: 100.4 BB

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Kd As
fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, CO raises to 10.4 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 25 BB, CO calls 14.6 BB

Flop : (51.4 BB, 2 players) 6h 8h Jc
Hero bets 75 BB and is all-in, CO calls 75 BB

Turn : (201.4 BB, 2 players) 4d

River : (201.4 BB, 2 players) 9d

CO cashed out 147 BB for a fee of 1.4 BB

Hero shows Kd As (High Card, Ace)
(Pre 43%, Flop 23%, Turn 14%)

CO shows Qs Qh (One Pair, Queens)
(Pre 57%, Flop 77%, Turn 86%)

Dec. 23, 2021 | 9:46 p.m.

Villains stats: (83 hands) VPIP: 54, PFR: 6, Total AF: 6

In my opinion, I made mistake by betting on Turn (Fold to T Bet: 88). I should check/raise. Another mistake was making a too big a blocking bet on River.

What do you think?

iPoker - €0.04 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

SB: 49.5 BB
BB: 366.75 BB
UTG: 100 BB
*Hero (MP): 125.25 BB
CO: 221 BB
BTN: 258.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has 9s Ad 2c Ac
fold, Hero raises to 3.5 BB, CO calls 3.5 BB, fold, fold, BB calls 2.5 BB

Flop : (11 BB, 3 players) 8c 4s Ah
BB checks, Hero bets 4.5 BB, CO calls 4.5 BB, fold

Turn : (20 BB, 2 players) Qs
Hero bets 17 BB, CO calls 17 BB

River : (54 BB, 2 players) 5s
Hero bets 29 BB, CO raises to 141 BB, fold

CO wins 104.75 BB

Aug. 6, 2021 | 12:05 p.m.

How should we play middle sets? I have lost thousands of big blinds in these spots. Dry board, shove in the Flop, I am celebrating already, and then villain shows top set and I throw the computer out of the window again. Tell me a basic strategy for how to approach this. Folding seems too tight, calling is stupid, especially if there are draws, and shoving sucks either.

Here is an example hand from today:

iPoker - €0.04 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

UTG: 100.5 BB
MP: 111.75 BB
CO: 213.5 BB
BTN: 93 BB
SB: 157.75 BB
Hero (BB): 162 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Td 5d Th Ad
fold, MP calls 1 BB, fold, BTN raises to 4 BB, SB calls 3.5 BB, Hero calls 3 BB, MP calls 3 BB

Flop : (16 BB, 4 players) Jd Ts 2c
SB checks, Hero checks, MP checks, BTN bets 4 BB, SB raises to 28 BB, Hero raises to 104 BB, fold, fold, SB raises to 153.75 BB, Hero calls 49.75 BB

Turn : (327.5 BB, 2 players) Qc

River : (327.5 BB, 2 players) 6s

SB shows Jh 3c 9d Jc (Three of a Kind, Jacks)
(Pre 62%, Flop 89%, Turn 90%)

Hero mucks Td 5d Th Ad (Three of a Kind, Tens)
(Pre 38%, Flop 11%, Turn 10%)

SB wins 315 BB

July 24, 2021 | 4:43 p.m.

Post | poker_bro posted in Chatter: Signs of Over-Confidence?

For me, lack of self-confidence is actually a good thing in poker. It makes me study and work more to improve my game.
Things change when I have had profitable days and nothing can stop me. Today I realized it, I had a losing day after a long winning streak. I am sure it is because of over-confidence. I played way too loose (I am still at low stakes), also I tried too advanced moves against clueless fishes, and it went against me.

Tell me what other signs there are that tell we are playing too confidently? Mainly I need information about differences between HUD stats.

July 16, 2021 | 7:10 p.m.

What do you think about this hand?
On the flop Loose Agressive villain donk bets. I think he could have a straight/flush draw. Second pair or top pair with a small/ok kicker.
He 4bets (or is this 3bet?) my reraise 3.5x. What he could have?

Stats: (33 hands) VPIP: 42 PFR: 18 AF:4 Fold to Steal: 17

iPoker - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

SB: 102.5 BB
BB: 122.5 BB
UTG: 32 BB
MP: 224 BB
CO: 100 BB
Hero (BTN): 101 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ad Kc
fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 3 BB, SB calls 2.5 BB, fold

Flop : (7 BB, 2 players) Ks Js 8c
SB bets 3 BB, Hero raises to 9 BB, SB raises to 34 BB, Hero ?????????

July 16, 2021 | 12:17 p.m.

Here I have a QQ on SB and BTN makes 4Bet, I fold.
If I called this, and the flop is for example 4JK and the opponent makes half pot cbet, should I call? How about 3/4 and pot size cBets?

How about villain's 4Bet sizing? When it is unprofitable to set mine in 4Bet pot?

iPoker - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

Hero (SB): 112.5 BB
BB: 34 BB
UTG: 41.5 BB
CO: 107.5 BB
BTN: 100 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Qd Qh
fold, fold, BTN raises to 3 BB, Hero raises to 11 BB, fold, BTN raises to 26 BB, fold

BTN wins 23 BB

July 15, 2021 | 5:30 p.m.

Thank you for the great answer. I will add this post to my study list 🙏

July 14, 2021 | 12:40 p.m.

Post | poker_bro posted in NLHE: How to React to 4Bets?

I just read we should never just call to 4bets, only fold or raise. Is this right? It's confusing because Pokersnowie advises calling sometimes as weak as AQo.

The general guideline for 4bet sizing is IP 2.2x3Bet, and OOP 2.5x3Bet. Very rarely regs don't know "correct" sizing and make 3x my 3Bet they being IP. I have AK, and by my experience, they always have a strong hand, and I can't just fold AK PF. I have taken a guideline to shove with AKs, and usually fold AKo PF, except if they are wide 4bettor (usually not enough HUD stats to know that).

So, what are your guidelines facing 4Bets at the lowest stakes? Especially I would happy to know what to do with some "semi-premium" hands, QQ and AK (sometimes JJ) when the villain makes 4Bet size of 3x my 3Bet. I will post some hand histories later.

July 14, 2021 | 9:49 a.m.

There's pretty obvious reason why you would lose almost twice as much
from BB as SB, I'll let you guess why ;)

I know it's because we have to pay twice as much to see the flop, I just mentioned that as a comparison.

My C All-In Adj is €-3 on the SB, over 5 times bigger on BB (€-16.6). I am not sure what does this stat means, but the difference is so big, that I can say I do something wrong on BB.

July 12, 2021 | 1:32 p.m.

You need to add the stat "call 2bet"

There is "CC 2Bet PF". What's the difference?

July 12, 2021 | 1:28 p.m.

After fixing my biggest leaks on SB, I think my second problem spot is BB.

Here are my stats from the BB:

One thing I know is that I never cold call from the BB. I'm going to fix that first (I just downloaded LeakBuster 2 and there is a video about it). I lose almost twice as much as on SB (bb/hand). Do you see any other critical spots?

I have to mention also these are stats for NL2, so I am looking for help to fix only the most fundamental areas (like 4bet bluffs are rare at this stake), advanced theories will come later.

Give me some ideas about cold calling on BB? I can get hand ranges from Pokersnowie (I really love this app), so no need to give recommendations for that. Tell me why and when we should cold call, what is the psychology behind just calling instead of raising? Thank you for the help.

July 12, 2021 | 9:14 a.m.

Thank you for great answers.

Here is some hand example where I reraised a steal from CO. Now I know I should fold this, but I think we can treat this as BTN steal because this guy posted a straddle and raised, so I just tried to resteal. Got a top pair on dry board, villain bets, I call, straight draw on turn (I have a Q blocker), villain shows strength by making a big bet and I fold. What do you think?

iPoker - €0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

BB: 106.5 BB
UTG: 50 BB
MP: 100 BB
CO: 77.5 BB
BTN: 143.5 BB
Hero (SB): 100 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB, CO posts penalty blind 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has Js Qc
fold, fold, CO raises to 3 BB, fold, Hero raises to 12 BB, fold, CO calls 9 BB

Flop : (25 BB, 2 players) Jc 5h 8d
Hero checks, CO bets 17.5 BB, Hero calls 17.5 BB

Turn : (60 BB, 2 players) Td
Hero checks, CO bets 48 BB, fold

CO wins 56 BB

June 28, 2021 | 9:15 a.m.

I have lost a lot of money in this situation lately.

Pokersnowie advises to fold to raise against CO, IMO this is too tight? We should 3bet against most of raises, but I have practiced and it seems to work much better to just call against CO bets.

Give some basic guidelines on how to play this spot? I will post some hands later.

June 26, 2021 | 9:28 a.m.

Comment | poker_bro commented on How much books cost?

Is there any bundle discount if I want to buy all of them?

June 21, 2021 | 12:24 p.m.

Post | poker_bro posted in Chatter: How much books cost?

I just wonder why there is no price, only a purchase button?

June 20, 2021 | 8:33 a.m.

I just went through Peter Clarks cash game content on Pokerstarsschool and loved it.

I don't have a membership yet, but I am planning to get it. I am still getting familiar with this site.

June 20, 2021 | 8:29 a.m.

I tried to search but I couldn't find.
For me personally the easiest way to get better in poker is to watch somebody else playing.

Are there any play and explain videos for these stakes on this site? Or somewhere else (except free youtube videos, I prefer to buy better quality videos)?

June 19, 2021 | 8:05 a.m.

Yeah, I think shove will be the best choice, especially because of no rake. If I remember right what I was thinking about: the second guy just called. I know his range is very weak. My plan is to get pot to HU with an opener and have low SPR on the flop for shoving whatever cards are coming. But SB and that second guy called and ruined my plan.

I ran this scenario in the Pokersnowie. It says PF was ok, but fold in Flop. I think that's not the right decision because SPR is under 1 or something (I'm not sure how to calculate this in the multiway pot) also I have committed a lot already.

June 13, 2021 | 11:41 a.m.

This was very difficult hand. Both raiser and CO are clueless fishes with VPIP almost 100%. Also, raiser has F3B 0%.

Paired flop. I know two first players have very weak ranges, I have invested a lot of money, and possibility to get a very big pot by hitting my over card, so easy shove for me (I guess?).

What do you think? How to react to PF Open-Raises this big? How about my bet 3bet sizing? Should I just go all-in (pf), especially because opener has low F3B?

iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

MP: 108.25 BB
CO: 265.5 BB
Hero (BTN): 125.25 BB
SB: 78 BB
BB: 169 BB
UTG: 165 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ad Kc
fold, MP raises to 8 BB, CO calls 8 BB, Hero raises to 30 BB, SB calls 29.5 BB, fold, MP calls 22 BB, CO calls 22 BB

Flop : (121 BB, 4 players) 6d 6c Jc
SB bets 48 BB, MP raises to 78.25 BB, CO calls 78.25 BB, Hero raises to 95.25 BB, CO calls 17 BB

June 13, 2021 | 9:01 a.m.

I was going to quit my session, one of the last hands and big stack, so I wanted to take a more careful approach.

I have a history against this villain. He is very aggressive, when showing weakness, he will bet and so on.

I adjusted my bet size by being oop, big enough to make him fold trash, but small enough so I can fold if he shoves without throwing too much money away.

I am not quite sure about the correct 4betting sizes. Which are general guidelines?

Here are basic hud stats of the villain:

(72 BB=Won, 50=WTSD)

What mistakes did I make in this hand?

iPoker - €0.04 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

BB: 24 BB
Hero (CO): 238.25 BB
BTN: 167.25 BB
SB: 203.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Jh Jd
Hero raises to 4 BB, BTN raises to 10 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 25 BB, BTN calls 15 BB

Flop : (51.5 BB, 2 players) 6h 5s Qc
Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn : (51.5 BB, 2 players) 9d
Hero checks, BTN bets 30 BB, Hero calls 30 BB

River : (111.5 BB, 2 players) 2h
Hero checks, BTN bets 112.25 BB, fold

BTN wins 102.25 BB

June 11, 2021 | 5:02 p.m.

Post | poker_bro posted in PLO: 4betting suited aces

I think I made a mistake by not cBetting on the Flop (I don't play PLO that much).

How much should I cbet on the dry flop in multiway 4bet pot?

3bettor's "3Bet Preflop" is 14 and VPIP 81, very loose

iPoker - €0.04 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4:

BTN: 39 BB
SB: 172.25 BB
Hero (BB): 103.75 BB
UTG: 81 BB
CO: 95.25 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ah 3d Th Ad
fold, CO raises to 2 BB, fold, SB raises to 4 BB, Hero raises to 14 BB, CO calls 12 BB, SB calls 10 BB

Flop : (42 BB, 3 players) Tc 7d 5h
SB checks, Hero checks, CO checks

Turn : (42 BB, 3 players) Qs
SB bets 29.25 BB, fold, fold

SB wins 39.25 BB

May 25, 2021 | 7:17 p.m.

Yeah, studying poker is very overwhelming sometimes, that's why I had to learn to use some mind tools like "mindmapping" and different memory techniques to keep things simple.

SB play is definitely something I should fix first and forget everything else. I am sure mastering the most uncomfortable situations in poker will improve overall play as well.

I am paying the most of my attention to master Preflop before thinking about other streets (just fundamentals and the most obvious leaks like too high River AF). I'm not just sure yet where should I get those ranges. There are few books for micro/small stakes that I am going to read, problem is that some of them are very old and outdated (like Blackrain79). Till that, I will try to follow Pokersnowie ranges, better than nothing, and I am sure I will need them when I go to play at higher stakes and need to use more unexploitative strategies.

May 18, 2021 | 6:05 p.m.

I got this answer on another forum:

Your preflop 3bets are too low, you need increase them. Search preflop
3bet charts, overall it should get to 9%-10%. WTSD is too low, it
either means you are too aggressive or you overfold, or both. Your
flop cbet is a bit a high, but it depends on play style. I guess you
range bet on many boards, so it's ok. However, when you range bet you
need to give up on many turns. Your river cbet is too high, it should
be around 40%. You cbet turns too much. Also, you are too aggressive
on the river and it compounds with the fact that you are too
aggressive on previous streets too. You need to cool down on turns and
rivers. Your river call efficiency is too high. it should be around
1.2-1.4. It means when villains bet you are overfolding. You need to call lighter on rivers.

Do you agree? I want to hear multiple opinions before making radical changes.

May 18, 2021 | 4:46 p.m.

Yeah I see now those 888 ranges really suck after comparing ranges from different resources. In general, IMO they have many good poker articles but seems their ranges are not something to follow.

Most poker sites I have any experience with don't rake preflop, so
that is why it becomes so important to win these pots preflop.

Yeah, I have understood that. That's why I want to build a very strong pre-flop game and win most of the pots before the flop.

I just copy-pasted all the Snowie ranges facing raise vs. all the positions:

There is also SB vs. BB:

I don't get it. How BB can raise first?

May 17, 2021 | 1:27 p.m.

One spot I also struggle with is completing small blind.

There are millions of different ranges, but I want some rough guideline to follow to keep it simple and adjust it later. What kind of range I should use to limp from SB when there are limpers?

May 17, 2021 | 12:57 p.m.

Thank you very much. It is almost the same that Pokersnowie suggests. But yeah, I prefer to be tighter first and then go looser when getting more skills and confidence.

How about general adjustments against different opponents? I know it is important to check who is on the BB when deciding 3bet or flat. If there is someone who opens like 80% of hands from the BTN and calls to resteals widely as well, should we add some kind of flatting range?

May 17, 2021 | 12:49 p.m.

Thank you for advice. I have studied SB strategy today. I just copy-pasted these ranges:

Also Pokersnowie Preflop Advisor has some ranges. I don't know which one is more suitable for these stakes.

May 17, 2021 | 11:27 a.m.

As for your SB, your VPIP is extremely high IMO. This probably means
you are doing one of a few things: 1) you are calling too much vs
UTG/MP/CO/BTN or multiway pots and seeing too many flops and
check/folding a ton. All this does is create dead money 90% of the
time when we set mine and then we hope we get paid the times we hit
nutted. 2) you are limping vs BB too much. 3) you are 3 betting
entirely too often from SB (this is not the case because you have 8%
or so 3b from SB). That leaves calling too much or limping too much.

I can agree with part 1. I still don't have the exact range to follow, just working on that. The big problem for me is when there are limpers and I limp, and then I hit mid pair, weak draw, or similar not-so-strong hand. Idk should I lead or play passively.
2 can't be true because I always open raise vs. bb (or maybe 2-3 hands I limped because there is someone on the BB whose fold to steal is 0).
3 my Fold Blind to Steal % is 70 which is quite low. I have realized lately poor mental state affects mostly on SB. When I don't feel so confident I stop restealing on the SB and starting to call.

Thank you for the great analysis. I have study day tomorrow so I have more time to figure this out and check some resources.

May 16, 2021 | 9:55 p.m.

What is good BB/100 hands at this stake?

May 16, 2021 | 9:15 p.m.

Post | poker_bro posted in NLHE: My stats after 10k hands (NL2)

I have played now 10k mostly at the lowest stake (few hands HU in the beginning which I lost, that's why graph went down first and 200 hands at NL5). Only one or two unprofitable sessions. Not bad. I am soon moving one stake up.

Here are all my stats :

What do you think which are my problem areas? Obviously I have to get better at playing on the SB because it's the biggest losing position.
Leaktracker also says my River AF is too high.

I am also wondering about my red line. It was very stable but after 7k hands it started going down. What do you think what happened?

May 16, 2021 | 7:56 p.m.

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