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Yes it’s somewhat new trend. I think its Pretty basic to sizeup OOP, Because you want to set a worse price and have foldequity preflop.
It’s especially true when 3betting from BB because you should be more polarized.(hence you really want FE when 3betting a hand like 35s for example)
When 3betting IP i would say anything from 2.7x to 4x can be a strong sizing depending How you construct the ranges.

July 1, 2020 | 12:05 p.m.

Cool spot tho. I would mostly play call as Jeff_ mentioned. That’s a solid option and very good 100bb. You block value, still stacking him on very many runouts if we have a cooler etc. And you protect your weaker hands by having strong hands in the calling range.

Flop 3bets in SRP is just very unusual, especially on dry flops.

At this stack depth tho, i se more benefits from mixing in some flop 3bets, just Because of the huge spr and big nut advantage.

And Then i like to se you go mental with some 9x/Qx combos. ( if you play a decent player that can fold 2pairs)

I would expect alot of fold by the river, Because They Will realize you have AA/QQ/99. So people end up folding even aq, + you deny equity from all his draws wich you loose against if you just call likely.

I play higher tho, and my assumption might be wrong here at 25z. Adding those bluffs is ofc a disaster if you think they station any 2pair etc.

June 26, 2020 | 12:27 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on How do you play the nuts?

Oh you spoiled ”gto” line in post. I was thinking this is a heavy cbet board BvB. You should 4b TT-QQ very often and ak pure. BB should jam AK pure i think. So you have huge EV adv. Would be more dicey in other positions

June 24, 2020 | 11:44 a.m.

Whats sizing Otf.

I like to have larger sizings on this type of texture, and hands like QQ fits nice in there. Getting a large bet in before the texture Changes is very good for overpairs especially. Villian have lots of gutters/toppairs/8x Wich most have to continue against a very big cb.

However going small- rangebet is fine, but i dont think this is the best board for it.


You can barrel smal or check, same otr. Flush turns is sligthly in ips favour.


Easy call in theory. His sizing dosent make much sense, should be Pretty polarized and jam with sets and flushes. Apart from that checking back. I guess specifically ak qk could want to use this size.

I would call and probably get a valueable note.

June 12, 2020 | 11:51 a.m.

Comment | HugO commented on Money won w/o showdown

Don't change something that works very good. Your winrate is big over the sample, so just keep grinding.

June 9, 2020 | 8:33 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on 1 hand from 200

Very hard to anaylze this one. Ofcourse you can be balanced here, if you construct your range in certain ways.
I think you need to be very nutted for this sizing, mainly 79 and maybe 47?..

If i were to have this size, i would prefer very strong blockers, and there a 7 comes to mind. Because a big part of his calls will be 79, or 77-A7 in theory.. So your blockers is very important.

I dont like this size to much tbh because i dont think it induces manny mistakes. His defence is gonna be quite intuitive/easy i belive. Like if he were to only call straights, and maybe sets thats probably fine.

I would more like this play if you had nuts and have reads that he cant fold 2pairs/trips etc. Then it would add alot of EV by him overcalling because him not understanding he is allowed to fold 2pairs and stuff to this huge size, i can se this happen against new players/recs.

June 5, 2020 | 8:31 p.m.

Fold is fine exploit vs this specific sizing. Never fold if he bets smaller, but this tend to be very underbluffed. River overbets is a very underbluffed node.

If i have any reason to belive he is voilative profile i Will call tho. Just a bunch of potential bluffs he could have and he reps narrow value range

May 25, 2020 | 3:16 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on BTN vs BB question

Depends on How bad the limp fish is. And How wide Btn is isolatong 4bb.

Also your defending frequency should change alot depending on BTNs rfi size.

If CO fish is a complete whale, you want to get involved as much as you can get away with. If he is a normal fish i would be Pretty tight Because btn raise 4bb so your odds is still bad

May 21, 2020 | 12:57 p.m.

This low PPs is fine to blast of sometimes EP vs bb. Especially on a Broadway river i would always bluff this combo, wich is a spot most ppl struggle to find bluffs.

Im not sure if this get to bluff. Probably a mix. You showdown for a little pottshare, beating a few 3xhh combos so probably mostly check. And bluff go for big bluffs with some Jx/5x sometimes. Blocking 2pairs is essential when you start polarizing to 2p+

May 20, 2020 | 3:34 p.m.

Perfectly fine hand, you could Do this with overpairs aswell. Espeically when he stabs big. Otherwise i would use smaller xr and just jam turns.

”I decided to xr as i would often giveup on this type of boards”

This board is Pretty good for you tbh. 2-3 is very brick cards and the 7 is not super relevant. He Will have 78s and 77. But thats not enough to make you start checking alot. A much worse board would be more middling cards and potential straights. Like 78T, 89T, you Will need to check much more on.

Cbetting something around 70-80% Will be fine here depending on your sizings

May 20, 2020 | 3:20 p.m.

If you crush with the tight ranges keep using them. They are unorthdox, very tight. I would not use them as a starting point in any lineup. But i defently agree that you should adapt your ranges depending on lineups/ rake structure.

(BTN 34.5%) Is the only thing that really seems way to tight. You should be able to open more hands if its not a very unique game. It's fine exploit if SB/BB are playing like over 20% 3bet and just barreling off everytime. Otherwise i would aim to open atleast around 40%.

May 20, 2020 | 1:09 p.m.

I agree pre, it's a mix in theory probably like 50/50 call/3b. Im not a regular at this stake, but i would recommend a very tight strategy and lean towards 3betting instead of calling especially against big opens. Will be abit more high variance in the short run, but adapting to the very high rake should be more important. Look to take down pots pre, and play strong ranges.

I agree that 6/7 blockers are not essential. I guess you could block one combo 79ss wich is good.
I would jam this, and maybe have a small size with QQ and some straights.

May 20, 2020 | 12:59 p.m.

Yeah feels like a mandatory bluffs OTR to me. Stone bottom range, you can have plenty of straights. I think you are allowed to bluff any 0 SDV hand here, since you should have so few of them. Like only 67,56 and some wheel Ax bricks this board.

May 20, 2020 | 12:53 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on NL5 ZOOM TKs

Mainly checkcall flop, but its fine. Turn mostly checking.. river you should just take your showdown value. Rather bluff hands like TJ or less showdown value. But i like the creativity!

May 19, 2020 | 10:59 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on Nl25 bluff-line check

lIlCitanul mentioned some good stuff that i agree with. The runout is not very good for us, given that all of our draws brick, we Will have to giveup a fair amount street by street.

I would recommend you to study checkraise strategy. Im confident this is a very low frequnecy checkraise. You generally want to choose your bigger fds/ combo draws. And stuff that draws to the nuts/ willl have the cooler on your side when you hit.

I think KJ is a preferd hand over this as lIlCitanul mentioned. I think that type of hand should be xr way more often than this combo aswell. Sometimes when you hit straights with KT /Kj, IP
Will turn the low straight/ 2pairs. Might not sound like a big deal, but i think it is if you look for thin edges.

I dont mind the river jam, i probably would do iit myself very often if i found myself in that spot. But i think you need to think deeper about How you construct your checkraise ranges. I assume you Will be overbluffing signifcantly if you trippel this combo, Because its likely you Will barrel jt jk kt 8j, + alot of fds aswell.

Also important to notice that he is cbetting into 2 players, that should immediately make you checkraise less often, as he should cbet less often.

May 19, 2020 | 3:25 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on NL10 Zoom, Sizing turn ?

Generally What you want to do is to size small when facing x/r, x line. Just use that as a default. You also can check back quite often.
When people xr They tell a story that They have a very strong hand, or a bluff. So the best counter is to size small with your range.
By betting small you still fold our all TJs typ of hands that xr with backdoors. And you loose minimum if he is going for double xr

May 19, 2020 | 3:05 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on NL25z Bluffcatching SBvBB

Preflop very standard.
Flop fine, you Said you mainly playing a checking strategy. Do you mean on this specific board? It should change alot depending on textures.

On this board i agree, 2 low connected cards and a flushdraw Will interact hard with BBs calling range, so you are forced to check often.

Turn i like that you notice that his sizing is likely weak. I think this a winning play, but i think xc is slightly better. You dont really want to bload the pot, and you Will face alot of akward river spots.
Instead i would push my Qx into a xr even with weak kickers. And xc alot of rivers.

I think you have a clear call as played otr, for the reasons you said. But turn i would play differently as mentioned :)

May 19, 2020 | 2:55 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on nl200 I'm puzzled

It’s hard to find bluffs here for oop. Because most of his range have SD value. So he need to turn like Qx WK or PP with club into a bluff.

I would size pot/overbet and polarize my range slightly more, then i would feel More comfortable folding. This sizing may induce bluffs against some players, because with this sizing you say that you have KK/AA KQ+, wich is more tempting to bluff than if you overbet i feel very comfortable bet folding, as your range is percived to be boats flushes and air

May 19, 2020 | 1:49 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on COVID Cbetting Course

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May 19, 2020 | 11:35 a.m.

You can gain EV if you lock and counter strategies correctly. Make sure to Run Sims to very high accuracy.

If you just lock 0% checkraise and Run sim, iP Will counter this lower checkraise. However, the ev gain for Ip/ loss for oop Will be minimal given how rarely you should checkraise to begin with.

If you take a board where you should C/r often, and dosent allow any c/r- IP Will gain alot of EV

May 13, 2020 | 4:24 p.m.

You already got good response above.
On AKQ, you have 12 combos TJ?! Depending on How you construct your range. Btn have 16 combos TJ, and on Top of that he have all the strong Broadways, that you 3bet mostly.

So the EV of your entire strategy is higher to slowplays some, or most TJ, because this way you get to showdown some weaker hands. You Will still get value because IP Will valuebet worse for 3 streets, and bluff alot etc.

Intresting board. Try to not copy frequencies of every sim. Just try to understand Why it choose different lines and you can very easily apply it to a bunch of spots and play a good effective strategy.

May 11, 2020 | 5:56 p.m.

Any reads on villian? If if is a funplayer Im just calling down, they can defently play worse boats this way.
Otherwise, against average reg, you are screwed. I think this type of spots are massively underbluffed, by most regs. Because its obviously a runout you have to giveup alot on given the strength of your range.

May 11, 2020 | 5:42 p.m.

Guess my argument would be Why is snowie polar IP BTN vs HJ?
I think its more about that we are facing such a strong opening range to begin with.. So if you end up 3betting like 10% linear BTN vs EP, you are pretty screwed against a good player.. So you maximize the EV by playing a more polarized 3betting range with alot of Axs,Kxs and the stronger very top hands.

However, i defently think playing a more loose and linear 3bet strategy than solvers is best if you play below 500nl or so, because of the rake factors.. And people probably under4bet and overcall, so it might even be a good exploit without the rake reasons.

May 9, 2020 | 9:12 p.m.

I agree with JamesYang
Just download pokersnowies PF ranges, and you will do fine preflop!!

May 9, 2020 | 10:34 a.m.

I think 4bet folding makes sense here, since you are 130bb deep. But given that he is likely to loose, it's a nice 4bet for value kinda, you are pretty happy when he flats, wich should happen somewhat often.

Im not completly sure how fullring ranges looks tho, if coldcalling is ever a thing.. I dont think so against competent players. If its a tighter opener and tight player who is 3betting, folding start to make alot of sense.. And just go with QQ+AK, and bluff with hands like AJs, AQs- Blocking Ax is really important at this point. But we basically have to 4bet an incredible strong range. At this point, even AK and QQ will start mixing fold against 5bets jams i think. Correct me if im wrong =)

April 28, 2020 | 10:26 p.m.

Comment | HugO commented on 3bet Pot SB vs BTN

I feel inclined to call here. Betting 25-30% yourself i think Will work very good aswell. I Think population struggle to find thin valueraises and bluffs against that line.

April 23, 2020 | 11:06 p.m.

Get PIO and ask him, he allways tell the truth. Dont try to mimic everything he does tho, then you get overwhelmed and Thats not How to use pio.

Feb. 19, 2020 | 4:54 a.m.

Wierd that villian shows up with 59o, obvious not open pre and fold vs 3bet. Maybe he exploit if the blinds overfold vs opens But then he should still fold vs 3bet, maybe a missclick.

10% 3bet range is abit nitty for my taste.
Tripple barrel seems fine. This hand and and jq type hands make sense to barrel off and can value tripple AT+.
I would take a note and be more careful bluffing him in spots and going for thinner value. TJ+ now should be fine to tripple after seing this. If he calls This he says he dont fold rivers with any paired hand wich means he is overcalling alot.

Dec. 31, 2019 | 5:50 p.m.

I station river, expect enough randomness and getting good odds. But its not amazing, mostly losing against tt/jt

Dec. 30, 2019 | 12:09 p.m.

Having a good theory understanding will help you spot this easier. If you know wich hands is supposed to bluff and wich should giveup, then you can pick up if they likely underbluff or overbluff. Some players will overbluff by alot and other underbluff by alot. Figuring out who is who is abit tricky.
But if you se someone tripple a hand that is a very clear giveup, i would assume he is likely overbluff.
Some ppl might be tight but spew only on tilt and pick bluff combos then, that dosent mean he generally overbluff.

There is also very easy to overbluff in some spots and in other spots you have to be very creative to fine enough bluffs.
This is very related to my oppinion on how important understanding what a ”balanced” strategy look like. Bcz if you dont know that its very hard to know the answer.

For example on a board where most draws complete it will be very hard for not deep thinking players to find enough bluffs.

Or when players have wide ranges and everything bricks its easy to fire to many bluffs because you need to giveup more air than usually.

In your hand example i would think he overbluffs if he fires FDS especially the higher ones.
If he had tripple a random hand without equity or anything going on like 78o, i would for sure start to catch him very light or if he is a good player question Why he did it, maybe he is making a exploit against you.

Dec. 28, 2019 | 2:46 a.m.

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