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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.

This guy is not thinking range advantage, nut advantage, range vs
range interaction, etc

Yeah, I agree, This is the lowest stake, people are level 1 thinkers here, they see only their own cards, nothing else. It's just normal to call big bets on the River with K high.

First of all, his 3Bet % is 14, which is very high. I played a long time at this table and as I said, I didn't have any good spots to take his stack, this was the spot and I wanted to do everything to destroy him, finally. Maybe a little bit desperate move, but it is rare to have so clueless fish with big stack in the same table, so I saw a risk-reward ratio being very good, I don't know the exact math behind this, but my intuition says it. I didn't want him to leave before I get my monsters, and having nut flush draw on the Flop I see as monsters.

My holding against 14% 3bet range is 51% on this flop, and against holding like AJ 37%, but reraising big fold equity will increase that number, also getting lower SPR on the Turn.

Turn was the worst possible card, my purpose was to overbet shove but straight completed and another flush draw came. But at least I got information that he probably doesn't have AA because he only called, there is still hope. I checked and hopefully, he will bet on River (if I get flush) after showing weakness.

May 16, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

Hmm. I think I didn't try to rep anything. I just wanted to get him to all in on the flop because of his loose tendencies. I was thinking about going all-in on the Turn, but if he has any kind of ace I think there was very low fold equity, and if I hit the flush on the River, I will scoop his whole stack.

Now I think it could be better just call on the Flop, I had semi tilt I guess because I wanted to take his stack so badly and didn't have any good spots for while.

Also, min 3bets are very treacherous, I have faced monsters so many times so I really had no idea what kind of range he could have.

Can you clarify what do you mean by this sentence?:

There should not be any 2p in your range and so you are announcing a
set only as value.

May 15, 2021 | 5:24 p.m.

3 players calls, I have ATs on the SB, I isolate to 7bb (maybe little bit bigger will be better because of bad position). Button calls.
Only 12 hands from BTN: VPIP: 75, PFR: 8, AF: 6

Safe flop, I have a top pair with ok kicker, I make a little bit smaller than half pot bet to keep opponent in hand and get more value. He calls.
Another Jack on the Turn. What now? I don't want to show weakness, so I make a smallish bet. Opponent calls.
River is tough. I make a very small bet, and opp shoves, I have to fold.

I think I made a mistake by betting on the Turn. What do you think?

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

UTG: 40 BB
CO: 88.5 BB
BTN: 88.5 BB
SB: 179.5 BB
Hero (BB): 100 BB

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

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has Ad Td
UTG checks, CO calls 1 BB, BTN calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 7 BB, fold, fold, BTN calls 6 BB

Flop : (16.5 BB, 2 players) Jd Ah 3s
Hero bets 7 BB, BTN calls 7 BB

Turn : (30.5 BB, 2 players) Jc
Hero bets 13 BB, BTN calls 13 BB

River : (56.5 BB, 2 players) 4h
Hero bets 18 BB, BTN raises to 61.5 BB, fold

BTN wins 86.5 BB

May 15, 2021 | 5:13 p.m.

I made 4x BB Open Raise because this opponent calls very widely.
He min 3bets, I call.
Nut flush draw and opponent cBets, I reraise, he calls.
Turn, what now? Should I bet or check? I check and hope to hit my flush. IMO betting doesn't make sense because it seems very likely that opponent has Ace in his range and won't ever fold, and if I miss my flush on the river, I will have a very tough spot.

Here are basic stats of opponent:

30 means WTSD

How should I play this hand against super loose and aggressive player?

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

UTG: 108 BB
Hero (CO): 135 BB
BTN: 163.5 BB
SB: 100 BB
BB: 94 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Jd Kd
fold, Hero raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, BB raises to 7 BB, Hero calls 3 BB

Flop : (14.5 BB, 2 players) Ad 6s 8d
BB bets 5 BB, Hero raises to 16 BB, BB calls 11 BB

Turn : (46.5 BB, 2 players) 9s
BB checks, Hero checks

River : (46.5 BB, 2 players) 7s
BB bets 23 BB, fold

BB wins 43.5 BB

May 15, 2021 | 12:56 p.m.

I have only four hands from opponent: VPIP: 75, PFR: 25, AF: 2.

I ISO big with my Aces PF because this guy probably calls very wide. He called.

I have top pair on Flop, I bet half pot, opp calls.
Still same on Turn, I bet little bit smaller than half pot, opp reraises 2x, I call.
On the River I check and opp makes half pot bet, I fold.

What do you think?

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

Hero (MP): 100 BB
CO: 80.5 BB
BTN: 100 BB
SB: 158.5 BB
BB: 93 BB
UTG: 99.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ad Ac
UTG calls 1 BB, Hero raises to 5 BB, CO calls 5 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold

Flop : (12.5 BB, 2 players) 8d Jc Ks
Hero bets 6 BB, CO calls 6 BB

Turn : (24.5 BB, 2 players) 3s
Hero bets 10 BB, CO raises to 20 BB, Hero calls 10 BB

River : (64.5 BB, 2 players) Qd
Hero checks, CO bets 32 BB, fold

CO wins 60.5 BB

May 14, 2021 | 12:39 p.m.

Thank you for deep analysis. I think this is a little bit too advanced for my purposes at this moment. Understanding my equity against different ranges is something I really need to improve. Any tips on how to study that? Basics first, I want to learn my equity vs. the most common ranges and then go more advanced. Yesterday I did some exercises with Equilab Equity trainer and that seems helpful. I will be glad to get tips on how to use that effectively (or other apps).

May 12, 2021 | 8:57 a.m.

why you think that we would not have the odds to call a PSB OTF.

Pot sized bet, equity requirement 33%. The straight draw is only 17%. Do I miss something?

May 11, 2021 | 6:23 p.m.

I can understand completely English, that's not the problem, but I have to use extra effort for that.

I actually watch daily 10min of live play videos, at the same time I eat breakfast.

Thank you for the great tips, but with this part I have to disagree in my case " (I would avoid watching them chilled on the couch)". I am "Kinesthetic Learner", being comfortable is very important for me, or I can't focus.

Be comfortable when you read or watch an instructional video. Reading in a hammock, a swing or a rocking chair can give you physical movement when you read. Using a bean bag or big comfortable chair will allow you change your body position as you read or watch an instructional video.

Article Source:

Chris Massini has great articles about learning styles, I can recommend checking them out.

May 11, 2021 | 3:04 p.m.

Very loose player opens BTN 2bb, I defend BB with K4s,
Flop: 235 rainbow, straight draw, I check. Opponent makes pot size bet. That means nothing, I know this opp can't adjust his bet sizes properly. I don't have enough outs for calling, so I make reraise (how about my sizing, should I reraise bigger oop?). Opponent calls. Board pairs, I check, opponent bets small, I can call.

I get my out on River, straight. I don't know is my opponent capable to bluff. He called my flop reraise, he bet on the Turn, so I think he has something, I think it will be the best to bet. Question is, how much should I bet to make him to call? I made little bit smaller than half pot, he folded.

What do you think?

Basic stats of villain:

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

MP: 175 BB
CO: 121 BB
BTN: 280 BB
SB: 69.25 BB
Hero (BB): 125 BB
UTG: 125 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Kc 4c
fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to 2 BB, fold, Hero calls 1 BB

Flop : (4.5 BB, 2 players) 5s 3d 2h
Hero checks, BTN bets 4.5 BB, Hero raises to 16 BB, BTN calls 11.5 BB

Turn : (36.5 BB, 2 players) 3c
Hero checks, BTN bets 8 BB, Hero calls 8 BB

River : (52.5 BB, 2 players) Ad
Hero bets 24 BB, fold

Hero mucks Kc 4c (Straight, Five High)
(Pre 0%, Flop 0%, Turn 0%)

Hero wins 48.25 BB

May 11, 2021 | 2:36 p.m.

I enjoy studying a poker (actually more than playing).
I have used Anki -app (flash card app) for a while now, and it seems a very effective (spaced repetition). It is easy to just copy paste poker articles, books etc. to it and just lay on the couch and just browse flash cards.

I have studied a lot the most effective studying methods, and one of the greatest way to learn anything is by demonstration. My problem is that watching somebody playing is confusing (especially because I am not native English speaker). There is so much going on and it is hard to concentrate, I am also that type of person who gets bored easily.

So, can you give some tips how to get most out of the play and explain videos (and coaching videos in general)?

May 11, 2021 | 10:22 a.m.

There is a lot of advanced stuff, I try to understand this.

First I have to mention I have played for years, so I know a lot of this stuff, but this is the lowest stake, so people here are mostly level 1 thinkers. Fancy Play Syndrome is the big enemy at these stakes, so I want to keep things simple.

#1 Very draw heavy board. Not good for a showdown. Basically, you mean we should try to take the pot down on the Flop and give up facing aggression? Also, we have A spade, which eliminates his possibility of having a (nut)flush draw, and that makes my holding weaker.

2# Yes, that was a very strong move. I think I have a mental flaw underestimating my opponents at this stake. Some of them are capable to do deeper thinking, maybe recognizing opponent types is a big leak for me, in this I treated him like a clueless maniac. I showed extreme strength by check-raising on the flop, but shove after that should be a red alert for me and fold.

3# "Blocking bluffs" is a new term for me. I found this: Learn to Notice When Your Hand Blocks Bluffs, Too

I'm definitely going to study more about that. Feel free to link me more if there is something content.

Thank you for clarification.

May 9, 2021 | 8:25 p.m.

All right. What do you mean by having As a hand and not check-raising because of that?

But if I cBet on the Flop, how my opponent suppose to react to this to make his play right?

May 9, 2021 | 6:54 p.m.

Oh yeah, I realized now my squeeze wasn't that big, I just remember I made it extremely big, weird. I am kinda noob with hud stats so I can't completely understand how to read them properly, but yeah, this was actually more aggressive LAG than a maniac.

Sry stupid question, but what does "x/r" means?

May 9, 2021 | 6:06 p.m.

Yeah, I have not exercised a lot of putting people on ranges. What kind of hands do you think this kind of player will have in this situation? I guess 88-TT, AJs, AQs, AQo, KQs.

May 9, 2021 | 6:03 p.m.

Thank you for responses.
He wasn't actually completely maniac, a little bit too aggressive lag, not too bad. But I think I made the right decision by check-raising on the Flop. Some adjustments I would make by choosing smaller sizing to just see what he is going to do, and if he reraise - just fold.
Going straightly to shove seemed kinda weak on draw-heavy board, but I treated him like a complete maniac so I called, bad mistake. My biggest mistake on this hand was not understanding the opponent's tendency.

People usually don't bet big on draws, I didn't realize that. I should check his "went to showdown" stat, if it was small, I can be more sure he has a strong hand. By check-raising I didn't give myself the possibility to get more information.

On the Flop I had medium SPR. With that, I can commit with Top 2 pair, sets, non-nutted flushes and straights. That was the biggest mistake, I had just over pair.

I lost a big stack, but by that I also learned a lot, that's the most important thing :)

May 9, 2021 | 5:59 p.m.

Maniac open-raised MP, MoneyMachine (very loose and bad fish) calls SB, I 3bet very big because these players call basically everything. Only maniac calls.

Flop: I am OOP, and I really wanted to destroy this loose maniac. His AF 6 so he is definitely going to bet, so my purpose was to check-raise very BIG to lower SPR on Turn, and if it seems safe (no completed straight, I have spade so I wasn't that worried him having a flush draw), I can safely jam. My plan worked, villain bet, I make big reraise, purpose to get SPR 1-2 on Turn. But then maniac decided to go all-in. I was thinking about and my intuition says he got tens there, and yes, that happened, but I called anyway DOH. I was already on tilt.

I know I made a big mistake by calling this shove, thanks for my ego.

How would you play this draw-heavy board against maniac?

Here are basic stats of this villain:

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

UTG: 174 BB
CO: 100 BB
BTN: 110.5 BB
SB: 102 BB
Hero (BB): 232 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ah As
UTG raises to 2.5 BB, fold, fold, SB calls 2 BB, Hero raises to 12 BB, UTG calls 9.5 BB, fold

Flop : (26.5 BB, 2 players) Ks 9s Tc
Hero checks, UTG bets 17 BB, Hero raises to 44 BB, UTG raises to 162 BB, Hero calls 118 BB

Turn : (350.5 BB, 2 players) Kd

River : (350.5 BB, 2 players) 6d

UTG shows Th Td (Full House, Tens full of Kings)
(Pre 19%, Flop 86%, Turn 91%)

Hero mucks Ah As (Two Pair, Aces and Kings)
(Pre 81%, Flop 14%, Turn 9%)

UTG wins 327.5 BB

May 9, 2021 | 12:50 p.m.

Great thoughts.
What do you think he is saying by his bet sizes? Why he made a bigger bet on the Turn?

May 8, 2021 | 7:06 p.m.

I have to disagree with "great implied odds" -part. Flush is definitely not great for implied odds. I have faced it hundreds of times, when we hit flush, the opponent will stop betting and call only to the small bet with his top pair, two pair, or whatever he has in this situation.

May 8, 2021 | 5:10 p.m.

I isolated one player on CO, he folded but BB calls. On the flop I have flush draw (K kicker), and two overcards, he donks with little bit smaller than 1/2 bet, I called, on the Turn he continues with bigger bet, I have to fold.

We have history, so here are some of his stats:

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

SB: 35 BB
BB: 139 BB
UTG: 101.5 BB
MP: 89 BB
Hero (CO): 118.5 BB
BTN: 124.5 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Kc Jc
fold, MP calls 1 BB, Hero raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, BB calls 3 BB, fold

Flop : (9.5 BB, 2 players) 9h 5c 7c
BB bets 4 BB, Hero calls 4 BB

Turn : (17.5 BB, 2 players) 2h
BB bets 11 BB, fold

BB wins 16.5 BB

May 8, 2021 | 1:17 p.m.

Very hard to say, this is the lowest stake so people will do generally level 1 thinking. He raised 3x my bet, so I can be sure he has a better hand than me. His open raise was normal 3bb BB. By these raise sizes, I can assume he is not clueless fish and knows what he is doing.

Are there different ways to play this hand? How about making cBet on the Flop?
Or if I checked on the Turn and just check-call both T and R?

May 7, 2021 | 7 p.m.

Villain semi-unknown, VPIP and PFR both 21 (14 hands).

Did I make mistake by folding reraise on the Turn?

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

CO: 118 BB
BTN: 184.5 BB
Hero (SB): 100 BB
BB: 79 BB
UTG: 238 BB
MP: 104 BB

Hero posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Ah Ac
UTG raises to 3 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to 10 BB, fold, UTG calls 7 BB

Flop : (21 BB, 2 players) Qh 9c Qs
Hero checks, UTG checks

Turn : (21 BB, 2 players) 4c
Hero bets 9 BB, UTG raises to 27.5 BB, fold

UTG wins 36.5 BB

May 7, 2021 | 3:09 p.m.

Makes sense. Giving up is something that will take a loooong time for me to learn. Mental leak.

May 3, 2021 | 1:41 p.m.

Do you mean I should bet 1/4 of the pot both Flop and Turn?

May 3, 2021 | 1:37 p.m.

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