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As played, are you suggesting we take another line?

Dec. 14, 2018 | 5:14 p.m.

No. I think that a good player will be able to fold QT, 22, JJ, AQ, AT, recognizing people underbluff this situation, and will only continue the times he has AK. I think it is a thin situation against a good player. All in all, without information however, I think there are enough players who have a hard time folding boats/straights here that we can shove and it be okay.

Dec. 14, 2018 | 5:14 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in NLHE: Thin River Jam 100NL Ignition

First 2 orbits of session

Hero raise AdJh to 3bb UTG 6-Max
CO Calls 3bb and has 100BB

HU to flop
Hero Checks
CO bets $3.75
Hero Calls

Turn Ah
Pot = $14.50

Hero Checks
CO Bets $5
Hero calls

River Ac
Pot = $24
Hero Checks
CO bets $20
Hero goes All-In for $81.65

Against an unkown, is this C/Jam too thin, or just fine?

There are no A2s Combos left for villain, and I assume villain 3Bets AK at some frequency, leaving him with less than 3 potential combos. If villain folds 22 or doesnt call preflop(think 22 mostly is flatted here however), then we are banking on him calling with JJ, another hand which he may 3bet pre or be able to fold on river. There is also QTs which will take this line, but again, should certainly fold to a jam.

Against a player I know to be a reg, I imagine C/jamming here is too thin because we really aren't being called by worse, but against an unknown, are we simply giving up too much by not going for thin here for the times we are up against a weak player who will have a hard time folding an absolute strength strong hand?

Dec. 14, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on Live 1-2

im not here to protect my ego, im here to have honest discussion :) i appreciate conversation as it comes. so thank you

Dec. 14, 2018 | 3:48 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on Live 1-2

This is all a conversation. I am open to what you two have said and have/am considering it. I assumed that a live 1-2 limping range was well understood to be on average wide. It may or may not be as wide as I am saying. I don't know. But I do know that live ranges at 1-2 do have a tendency to be alot wider than what I would consider reasonable, as I'm often shocked at how some players can show up with such weak holdings time and again.

To get to your concern, I would estimate that it's totally reasonable for villain to have right around 50% of starting hands in this situation, giving room for about 5-10% tighter/looser on each end.

That being said, looking at this in Flopzilla, it does seem quite reasonable to check behind, because on this texture alot of those hands are likely going to continue vs a bet. Because of its wet nature, even a hand like J5s will likely continue, and not knowing villains exact strategy, it could be better to check behind and do some bluff catching against a wider range.

Dec. 13, 2018 | 6:39 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on Live 1-2

well in a live setting, villain can have things like 54o, A2o, even AKo, K6s, 43s, 64o, etc. Live ranges are so insanely wide and usually played very passively, that I think it is just better to put in a small cbet to simplify things and clean up equity because villain is hardly going to bluff C/R(maybe never?) I can see checking behind if villains range is tighter/capable of bluffing and stuff. But not knowing, and based on his age, and it being live 1-2 where most people are playing super straightforward, I think its good to just play my equity+fold equity and use a C-bet here. Think its def profitable in a vacuum, and there may not be much upside to checking behind if he isnt going to stab turn with air /worst hands at a high frequency. in which case Im letting a hand like Q6 or 64o get free cards. Its also not even a guarantee that villain will turn those hands into bluff if he does call and miss. I do see merit in checking behind, but against a very wide range+passive player, I think just maximizing our equity realization+equity denial is going to work out pretty well

Dec. 13, 2018 | 4:49 p.m.

I don’t understand. What is the SB shoving range vs a Bttn min raise at 11.5bb where 1st and 2nd only get paid

Dec. 12, 2018 | 8:57 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in NLHE: $5 Sit n Go Tournament Noob

Don't really know much about tournaments at all, but curious about this Preflop shove

Blinds are 100/200 no ante
3 handed, top two get paid, we all have around 2300-3k
Bttn raises to 2bb and has like 2500, and has been raising a standardish range it seems
Hero has A8o in SB w 2300

This seems like a standard Jam to me, especially being on the bubble, maybe making people play a bit more tight when facing aggression?

Dec. 12, 2018 | 6:36 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on Live 1-2

I think betting is better in general against a live loose passive fish who will have an incredibly wide range and play straightforward vs a bet. just cleaning up equity and betting very frequent on flops. this flop is more wet, so maybe not overdoing it without equity.

The river is super close I believe because villain will have so many Qx and flushes, and prob underbluffs missed FD's, even w the Ac in hand. I think its an okay call, but prob is actually closer to a fold on the river

Dec. 12, 2018 | 4:45 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in NLHE: Friend is just starting off

I have a friend who is just starting off and learning from the very beginning. Are there any good videos on RIO that I can recommend for him. He is at the absolute beginning and hardly knows preflop ranges.

Dec. 12, 2018 | 4:06 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in NLHE: Live 1-2

Fishy Guy in 50's limps HJ w 100BB give or take
Hero raises Ad7d to $13 in CO
Folds to HJ who calls

Flop 8c9cTc
Pot = $26
HJ checks
Hero bets $12
HJ calls

Turn Jh

HJ checks
Hero Checks

River 4s
HJ bets $25

Dec. 12, 2018 | 3:06 p.m.

Hero raise UTG 7 handed to 3bb, HJ TAG calls 100bb, Bttn reraises to 9 BB playing TAG stats 95bb
SB cold calls w 82bb playing Loose Passive
Action on Hero.

What kind of Preflop 4Bet sizing do you use here? I assume 4betting is better than flatting because of the presence of the loose passive. But maybe calling is an okay option as well. I just stick it in given there is 25bb in the middle preflop, but it does seem kinda strange given the bttn has only committed 10% of his stack up to this point, so he can continue pretty straightforwardly and not worry much. Given the presence of the SB cold call however, I suppose we are taking advantage of this by shoving here and maximizing fold equity/hero calls. Without the fish present, I would lean more towards a call.

Dec. 4, 2018 | 1:09 a.m.

did some node locking in Pio, and even against an optimal opponent, pio only defends about half of the KK combos, 5/6 AA combos, and then has AQ a fold or jam, calling being unprofitable. Against an actual opponent, there is prob less bluffs in range, and more pure value. Think we can actually fold very tight here and overfold, adjusting when we have more information.

Dec. 2, 2018 | 3:23 p.m.

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Dec. 2, 2018 | 3:08 p.m.

I don’t think that is correct. We should def be folding here at some freq

Dec. 2, 2018 | 5:35 a.m.

What do you do with AA and AQ. Or AA holding a spade?

Dec. 2, 2018 | 2:10 a.m.

unknown 100nl raises to 3bb LJ 100bb, hero reraise KsKx to 9bb HJ, LJ calls

, Flop Qs6s2d, Hero c-bet half 9bb, he calls, turn 3x, he checks,

Hero bets $23 into $36
Villain raises to $47, and has $34 behind. Hero?

Dec. 1, 2018 | 11:26 p.m.

As I haven't really gained much traction through posting on here, I have decided to try twitch. Hopefully I can reach some people who want to engage. If you're interested I will be aiming to stream a few times per week and putting my game out there in the rawest way possible, with the intention of getting good, honest feedback. I want to get to the point I can confidently beat the 200NL games, and think I am close to being there, but still know there is alot of room for improvement. Hope some of yall will join me :)

Nov. 15, 2018 | 3:37 p.m.

yeah, I agree. I think its mostly a C/F after we C/R and get called. On the river, to call we need to have an intuition that villain is going to bluff more than average.

Nov. 10, 2018 | 3:36 p.m.

Something that was pointed out to me was how broadway heavy my CO range will be when raising over two limps. From that perspective, I will have a ton of hands to defend vs the lead. so maybe we can just fold the flop

Nov. 10, 2018 | 3:34 p.m.

Villain who has Reg stats opens Button 2.5x w 100bb stack
Hero has 32cc on BB and calls

Flop Qh8h3d Pot = 3.25
Villain C-bet $1.75
Hero C/R to $5.25

Villain calls
Turn 7o

Check, Check
Riv 8o Pot = $12

Hero check
Villain bets $9

Def alot of value combos here, especially with the 8x coming in on riv(assuming he bets 8x on flop, which is split) Alot of gutters and FD's that check back turn may now want to bluff having air/repping the 8 or Q. I think calling here is good, but not totally convinced.

Also curious about flop C/R. Seems like we shouldn't have alot of C/R on this flop, but blocking 33 seems good, and having a 3 as a C/C seems quite bad because everything overcards us, and a C/R will def fold out alot of his range, things like KT, KJ, A7, 97, 76 etc.

I'm curious if it is better to C/R a hand like this or a hand like K3/A3 as well. A3 has an overcard and can be good for counterfeiting weaker two pair and getting paid. While 32 doesnt improve as easily and has worse equity.

Nov. 9, 2018 | 4:55 p.m.

Maybe the best approach on turn would be to defend Kx, and Qx w a spade, and then obviously all of our flushes and two pair. Qx at least has pair+FD outs, while JJ is drawing to spades that dont make money when improved. maybe we can overfold assuming a 2 barrel lead is weighted towards top pair+. I think I can get behind that. Prob better to do that than call twice here at any high freq

Nov. 9, 2018 | 4:49 p.m.

I think we can consider folding the flop, but from experience playing online, leads can be SUPER weak, and def not the play to make, at least online. Live is a different animal in that people play more straightforward. However, Mark has been shown to play an incredibly wide range, and will bluff sometimes. I had also stacked him earlier and bluff caught him earlier. Don't know how relevant that is, but he's definitely down for the session as he is most sessions. I hear you when you say that having JJ blocks his bluffs, but it also gives us more equity to backdoor into a showdown, and given how wide his range can potentially be, his lead range doesnt necessarily have to make much sense. Just find it hard to fold flop vs a range that is 50% wide without prior information on what a lead means.

Nov. 9, 2018 | 4:45 p.m.

New 50NL session. Getting back into the online games after playing live for the past few months. Want to be disciplined about putting up a video every week to get feedback on my game. Feel like I've hit a wall and really want to break through to the 200NL+ online games

Nov. 9, 2018 | 4:36 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in NLHE: 1-3 Facing Flop/Turn Lead

2 Limps
Hero raise JsJd to $21 on the Cutoff
A player named Mark limp Calls and is going to show up with a very wide range. He has Limp called my $40(straddled Pot) open w AJo, as well as called my $25 open in earlier hand with J2s. I have bluff caught him when he checked to riv w air and then full potted it and I called w 2nd pair, so I know he is capable of bluffing. Anyways. Mark has around 100bb

Flop KsQs6d Pot= $42
Mark Leads $20
Hero calls

Turn 4s
Mark leads $45
Hero tanks a bit, considering all options, and decides on a call.

I think calling is okay because it can never really be that bad having the spade in hand. Although, I do not like having JJ in that it blocks potential bluff hands like JT. The fact he is leading is of concern as live leads tend to be on the stronger side, however, the fact he can have like 40-50% of hands, and potentially just be leading super wide makes it really hard for me to fold. I considered a raise, but think it is probably better to raise a hand like AsTd or AsJd having the nut blocker, in the case he actually lead a FD, so we have outs, versus just raising a Js hand and sometimes be drawing close to dead. The more I think about it, seems totally okay to call turn, but still wouldn't mind some thoughts shared :)

Nov. 8, 2018 | 4:51 p.m.

3 limps from players w 66-100bb stacks
Hero raises KhJd to $25 on Button
Guy in his 50's cold calls on the Big Blind and has a $300 stack. I don't know much about him but do recognize him as a regular recreational player in the card room.

All 3 limpers fold

Flop ATT rainbow Pot = $53
BB leads $25

When playing online, I view leads as pretty weak in general and would be willing to float here and take it away on later streets or maybe even flop raise sometimes. But in a live game, leads are generally on the stronger side, and because of this, I am reluctant to do to much here given my Q out may be discounted because AQ seems like a very likely hand from villain. Things like Tx make sense as well, and some of those will be QT. I don't think we have adequate implied odds here to peel only trying to hit a Q. When the Q doesn't come in, I'm not sure we can take it away often enough from a hand like AK/AQ, and when it does, he is more likely to fold a hand like AJ or Ax and lower. I really just want to fold here, but don't feel confident on what to do. Would really appreciate some discussion here :)

Nov. 8, 2018 | 4:13 p.m.

Hey yall. so brief history. I've been playing 100NL mostly online for the past couple years w a 11ishbb/100. moved up to 200 for a bit and winrate halved, so moved back down. Spent the last few months focusing on live poker and thats went well, playing mostly 1/3 and a bit of 2/5. Looking to mix a bit of online again into the mix as I've found it really hard to stay sharp and conceptualize situations as well only playing live and that kind of makes it hard for me to stay focused on learning and to improve.

I want to organize a group of 3-4 players with a solid winrate at 100NL or higher to meet up once a week(maybe monday) for an hour or two to review a video from the week. I can record and clip a 30 minutes video each week and others in the group can do the same and we can go over it together and see what kind of discussion we can gather. Think American players would be preferred due to time zone conflicts and american games being a different meta than poker stars/euro sites,.

Nov. 1, 2018 | 8:37 p.m.

even against a 5-8% PFR range?

Oct. 16, 2018 | 10:25 p.m.

And u think this even vs a player who has shown to raise almost never pre?

Oct. 16, 2018 | 6:35 p.m.

What do u think about preflop call? I’m thinking this might be a fold preflop due to his likely ultra tight Pfr

Oct. 16, 2018 | 6:33 p.m.

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