Pre is a little loose but fine if you're going to play well post. I think you can consider checking this flop. This is a fold on the turn imo. We don't have odds for our draw and we're not beating much. Live 1/2 players are rarely taking this line as a bluff. They just don't bluff enough on average. With reads you can find calls but against average player its a fold. I disagree with earlier poster saying he will have weaker Aces and other spazzes.
His range after calling pre and C/R flop is something like 22, AQ, AK and less frequently AJ, AT. Min C/R is SO nutted from the average 1/2 player (who is really bad).
Jan. 10, 2019 | 11:59 p.m.
I don't see the point in checking this flop. We're 5 ways here. Even heads up we need protection so a c-bet is mandatory. If we have AA-KK we can check sometimes heads up (maybe 3 ways) but 5 ways checking is a disaster.
I recommend including effective stack size in the future as well.
Dec. 24, 2018 | 3:39 p.m.
Note that if we were suited we could have a FD or BDFD on this board and may be able to continue. If you don't know how to play this KJo here you shouldn't be raising it pre imo. Limp behind is best option given stack depths.
Nov. 15, 2018 | 10:01 p.m.
I don't like raising this hand pre. Suited is a fine open to iso a limper or two, but off suit just isn't going to play well enough multi way especially this shallow. Deeper stacks and a bunch of weak players this would be a fine iso raise.
OTF we have a clear fold. We're likely drawing to four outs and could be drawing dead vs AT or QT. We're only 100bb effective here. Not nearly deep enough for implied odds.
Try not to apply logic of online players to these bad players in live low stakes no limit. You may be thinking he never will lead with an A or a T. Well, he will, because he's a bad player. Live players are on average much worse than even a bad online player. What is a 50 yr old live reg leading with here that you have more than 4 outs against? There really isn't much to discuss here.
Nov. 15, 2018 | 9:59 p.m.
This is a great spot to pick up dead chips with a very good hand if called. I think a 3bet and get it in here is pretty standard vs most solid villains. Flatting isn't great imo as we will be OOP without the lead. If he flats the 3b we can open jam a lot of flops still so I'm not too worried about it. 3.5x is a pretty big open at this stack depth. We're only 25bbs effective so just jamming him would be fine as well (to avoid the potential for not knowing what to do postflop). I'm not worried about ICM here myself as I'm playing to win and the jumps aren't really big right now. 30mins is a fast structure and we need to accumulate. No time to pussy foot around here imo.
Sept. 6, 2018 | 11:01 p.m.
~17bbs without any more info I think a jam is fine. If you are more comfortable playing post flop and the table is really weak I can see min opening being fine. Also depends on the stats of players behind. In a vacuum tho I think this is a jam all day.
July 28, 2018 | 1:04 p.m.
Thanks for the reply. This was 10 handed (unfortunately) and was a BB ante structure. Total pot when it gets to me is 4,900. That's nearly 1/3 of my stack so I see your point about it being a lot of chips to fight for. Not sure how you got 8900, perhaps you misunderstood the BB ante structure.
July 24, 2018 | 4:29 p.m.
Blinds 400/800 w/800 bb ante
UTG weak tight nit limps in 800
MP good LAG reg iso raises to 2100
Hero next to act in CO with KQs sitting on 16,200 (20bbs)
The reg has at least 60k, stacks behind are button 30k, Sb 14k, and Bb 12k.
A lot of weak players at this table but the structure is fast. KQs is such a good hand to see a flop with IP I felt it was fine to peel. Plan was to call it off if either of the blinds jammed. If either blinds shove and UTG continues I'm done. Thoughts? Should I just be re-jamming over the 2.5bb iso? It kinda sucks to call it off with K high if the blinds shove, but I think we're priced in getting 1.75-1 vs a range of something like: 66+, A10s+. Some players will show up with hands like QJs and J10s in a squeeze spot like this.
July 22, 2018 | 2:41 p.m.
We're $500 effective with villain. He is a decent regular with a LAG style. Limp calls often, opens often, peels 3bets often, peels flops often. Very sticky overall.
Vil opens $20 in MP
Hero 3bet to $70 with 1010 in CO
Vil calls. Heads up to flop.
AJ6r - Pot $140
Hero cbets $70
Hero checks back.
I c-bet figuring I have a range advantage and will be getting folds often enough. I can also pick up some value from hands like KQ, K10, Q10. He can be stubborn and may call sometimes with stuff like 88-99, 56s, 76s.
I gave up on the turn here figuring I picked up equity with the gut shot and have decent showdown value. Thoughts on my line here? Should I have 1010 in my check back range in a 3bet pot on this board texture? Thinking of hands I may 3bet and check back in this spot, AA, A5s, KK, some KQ are candidates that come to mind.
July 7, 2018 | 10:14 p.m.
About $600 effective, hero has been active and aggressive.
Hero opens MP to $20 with black 66.
Flop 10s 8s 5d , Pot $80
Checks to hero, bet $60
Folds back to BB who calls
River As, Pot $200
Notes on villain- Older asian lady (50-60), tight and very passive. Looks like a clear value bet after she checks 3 times. Thoughts on my turn sizing and value sizing now on river? I think she has worse hands that will call: A10x, Axdd, 56, 10x8x. I don't expect this player to ever hero call with a one pair hand that isn't Ax. Thanks for feedback!
May 20, 2018 | 4:12 p.m.
Also at 18:55 with 55 in the sb vs HJ open and BU flat. What is the lowest pocket pair you will 3bet? I'm guessing 1010+ or maybe even wider like 88+? What type of hands will you be choosing to 3bet here in general, in this sb squeeze vs LP players? Thanks
May 14, 2018 | 10:55 p.m.
Hero starts $420 and is effective stack.
Villain1, bad passive reg, mostly tight but will overplay hands often and chase draws.
Villain2, loose passive reg, decent post flop player but can be splashy
Hero opens 20 in MP with 67ss
Both villains call in CO and BTN, everyone else folds.
Flop Q67r (none of my suit)
Hero leads 20
Vil1 raises to 60
Vill 2 calls 60
Hero raises to 220
Vil1 call 220.
Vil 2 call 220.
Turn Ah (brings bdfd)
Hero all in for 180.
Thoughts on my line? Vil1 range is heavily weighted towards AQ here imo so I really hate this turn card. She is passive and will rarely 3bet preflop so QQ-AA are also in her range sometimes. Vil2 can also have AQ, and will show up with 89s and 45s here. Should I be check calling? Check folding seems out of the question with this pot being so big and these players being weak. That being said, I'm not finding many hands I'm beating on the turn. Thanks.
May 13, 2018 | 3:35 p.m.
Good stuff as always. I'm always a fan of the 6 table format. Makes for a much more productive vid. 42min with AJo open UTG. Can you talk about why you checked here? Seemed like a default check for you. I feel like my default would be to bet and try to get 2 streets. Perhaps this is more of a "middling" Ace that we want to protect our checking range with? Thanks.
May 10, 2018 | 11:02 p.m.
Hero $650. I've been active and aggressive. Opening, iso'ing limps, and have 3bet once or twice in two hours.
Villain $900. Young-mid twenties Asian who I've never seen. He's been active and aggressive. A tad on the spewy and unpredictable side but I'm not ready to call him a fish or maniac just yet. He has been caught bluffing big on the river in a big pot and I've seen him payoff on the river in big pots as well.
Folds to Villain on the button and he opens $20.
Hero in BB 3bet to $70 with AKo.
Villain 4bets to $250
In general, in this player pool, I will be finding exploitative folds here vs the tight/predictable bad regs who only show up with QQ+ when they 4bet. I think 5bet jam is best vs more aggro/capable regs and spazzy types. Thoughts?
April 1, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
-> why would you check If you think his range consists mainly of hands that would almost always check back for Showdown?
After I wrote that I was like, wow that makes no sense. I guess I just meant he would be more likely to bet if checked to twice than call a bet. I realize now that's wrong.
March 21, 2018 | 11:20 p.m.
Villain raises over a limper to $25 from MP, Fish on the button flats, Hero raises to $125 from BB with AcAd, only Villain calls. Heads up.
Flop 8s 3s 3c
Hero leads for $125 and Villain calls.
Hero checks, Villain checks behind.
Hero checks, Villain checks and Hero wins.
I feel like I played this hand poorly by not getting two streets. Villain is a reg that seems to be decent but I don't have much history with him. Based on the 1.5hrs or so I played with him I would say he is a winning reg but not a pro/crusher in this game. I perceive his defend vs 3bet pre-flop range to be mostly 1010-QQ, AK, AQs and occasionally wider hands like 99, AJs, KQs.
I decided to check turn to control the pot size as the flush just came in. On the river I went for a check call because I felt he was more weighted towards 1010-QQ and the K was a scare card for him. In retrospect I think bet-fold was the better line on the river as I don't perceive him to be raise bluffing river ever (very uncommon in small stakes). Also unlikely to raise river with worse value (namely AK). Thoughts?
Thanks for the feedback!
March 20, 2018 | 12:29 a.m.
The 54s hand where you 3b from the sb. What is your 3b range here given that you are exploiting the UTG opener and the button flatter? I'm guessing 54s is the bottom (and may even be a bit too weak). What hands would you rather flat than 3b in this spot? Maybe mid pairs and suited broadways like J10s, QJs, KJs?
Also I really enjoy this 6 table, full ring format. I may be biased because I play live (full ring). 6 tables makes for more in depth analysis which is more valuable to watch. Keep up the good work!
March 9, 2018 | 1:49 a.m.
I play $2/5 and my rule is $1 unless it's a massive pot (>$1k generally). Preflop if I take down the blinds/antes and a limp or two = No tip. If I 3bet an open and pick up $30-40 or whatever I will tip a $1.
Stick to the $1 and not tipping preflop and you will see some savings. Dealers don't expect more than $1 per hand anyways. No need to "feel bad" or whatever just because there are extra generous people giving them $5 in a $60 pot. That's their business.
March 7, 2018 | 9:43 p.m.
Villain ~ $1200, UTG+1
Villain 2~$1200, SB
Hero $620, BB
V opens $20 from UTG+1 (reg on the weak side who I play often.)
MP flats (passive/weak player)
V2 SB flats (seems laggy but not crazy)
Hero in BB 3-bets $100 with AKo.
Pot $320- Flop 234r
Hero bets $150
Thoughts on the flop bet and what to do now? I have $370 behind and it looks like 10 clean outs. Villain is pretty face up here as JJ-QQ (based on player reads). He plays tight vs 3bets, I expect his range going to the flop to be 1010-QQ, AK. I decided to lead out because I feel like the sb is quite wide and will be folding often, and V has been known to be tight and may fold 1010-JJ here. Not sure if check call is a better line here? Thanks.
Feb. 19, 2018 | 2:25 a.m.
Thanks for the replies. Definitely realized 3-bet was too small. I also agree it is a call after he jams. I tanked for 90secs or so because I strongly felt he trapped me with KK-AA. Just the table dynamics, and live reads/feel, something wasn't right. I felt like he was playing honest vs. me and staying outta my way mostly. Expected him to have very strong value when playing for stacks. Wanted to fold but couldn't do it. Called and lost to QQ.
Jan. 17, 2018 | 11:16 p.m.
Agree it's not mandatory. I misspoke. Was simply trying to point out it's very good odds with a hand thats high in our range. Also agree that he has a lot more value combos (that beat us) than bluffs. That's why this was such a hard spot for me on river! Against most tight opponents in the live setting I have an easier fold.
Do you think check shove turn is better than check call?
Jan. 14, 2018 | 10:44 p.m.
Hero opens $20 utg with AhKd and we get 4 calls including vil in MP. Pot $100.
Flop Kh 2h 5d
BB checks and hero bets $60 with one call from Villain. Pot $220.
Hero checks and Villain bets $75. Hero calls. Pot $370.
Hero checks and Villain jams $160. Hero?
River I'm getting better than 3-1 so I think this a mandatory call. Thoughts on my line overall? Should I be leading turn most of the time and then jamming him on most rivers? Or check-shove turn? I feel like I played this kind of poorly and put myself in a weird spot on river. He can have small flushes and 2 pair hands- namely KJ and KQ which fit his line (although we are blocking the K so less likely). Villain is a reg but I have him categorized as a bad reg who can get overly aggressive with bluffs. He just came from the must move and it appears he is losing on this night. Thanks for the input!