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would you even spend time considering checking some Jx like QJ maybe, or just bet 1/3 "range" and go from there.

May 21, 2019 | 2:55 p.m.

the sb actually open folded, so its 3-way haha, but i agree with that

And yeah thats what I was thinking too, but think in most live situations people play roughly face up. I was thinking I would check KJ combos with no backdoor, maybe pure check QJ as its not as vulnerable as JT, and then bet JT as well needing some equity denial. And then mostly betting AJ, but maybe can do some checking with that as well, because pretty much all Jx is a two street hand here, and we can get that value on turn and riv, and also do some bluff catching as well. I kind of really like to check here with a very aggro player in the pot, as if he gets it in his head that we dont have 6x in our range, he can theoretically apply a ton of pressure, and not knowing for sure what hes doing, it could simplify things quite a lot by checking the flop.

May 21, 2019 | 2:51 p.m.

If your 4x opens are going 4-5 way often, I think that’s going to hurt your winrate HUGE. I’m assuming you play in a red chip game, increments of $5, so you can’t use a raise size like $22 for example. This being the case, if you’re getting this much action, I think it’s very important you increase your opening size. If your standard is 4x, I’d try 5x for a while and see how people respond. If you continue to get a ton of action going multi-way, I would go to 6x. Just find the threshold where I can get it heads up most often. If you think this will change some people’s range, that’s good, be aware of that. I’m sure some people are going to play pretty close to the same, especially the ones you are targeting. I’d much rather play heads up against a slightly tighter range than 4-5 way where I can’t bluff effectively or realize equity as well. If you do size up, I think it makes sense to tighten up as well

As for your range question.

From utg and +1, I play pretty snug. If I can get away with it at my table, I will limp things like 22-66/77, otherwise my utg range is something like AK+, AJs+, KQs+, 77+ (AQo is a mix for me, depending on table)

Utg 2 KQo+, KJs, QJs, JTs, 44+

LJ KJo+, some QJo, 22+, AJo T9s+, Ax’s+ QTs+,

HJ QJo+, ATo+, 98s+

CO 54s+, JTo+, Kxs+, Q8s+, J8s+, T8s+, 86s, 76s

Bttn 87o, Axo, J7s, 43s, 64s 75s, 85s, 96s, T6s, K9o, T9o, Q2s+

This is my default, and then I adjust from there. It’s pretty snug I’m aware, but I think it’s pretty effective and not sure how much is gained from deviating too far from it without a specific reason. I do keep an eye on the players to my left and can sometimes open something like Q6s from MP if I think the players to my left are folding

Something I have long wondered, is given the absence of 3betting, but with the larger preflop sizing in live, is still better to tighten up? Because a large size plus a wide range against people who aren’t going to play back with equity seems like it could go very well. And in which case loosening up a little bit makes sense to me

May 21, 2019 | 12:34 p.m.

Live 1-3

1 limp $500 eff
Hero raise KJhh $17 HJ $600 effective
Jose call co (very wide range, can be very splashy and overplay hands, prob has offsuit connectors and offsuit Ax in range) is a big target in game. Isn’t going to just bet 3 times when check too I don’t think $600 eff
SB call
Limper call
Flop J66r one heart
Pot $60
SB open folds
Limper check
I’m kind of curious what my overall strat looks like here. I think I’m general I want to bet like 1/3 w a lot of hands that connect, like KQ, AJ, JT(for protection), 22+, etc. I kinda think I should check Jx sometimes as I will not have much 6x, and Jose on my left can have a lot of offsuit combos. I’m kinda thinking KJ and QJ with no backdoor could be used for this

May 21, 2019 | 12:06 p.m.

Live 1-3

1 limp $500 eff
Hero raise KJhh $17 HJ $600 effective
Jose call co (very wide range, can be very splashy and overplay hands, prob has offsuit connectors and offsuit Ax in range) is a big target in game. Isn’t going to just bet 3 times when check too I don’t think $600 eff
SB call
Limper call

Flop J66r one heart
Pot $60
SB open folds
Limper check

I’m kind of curious what my overall strat looks like here. I think I’m general I want to bet like 1/3 w a lot of hands that connect, like KQ, AJ, JT(for protection), 22+, etc. I kinda think I should check Jx sometimes as I will not have much 6x, and Jose on my left can have a lot of offsuit combos. I’m kinda thinking KJ and QJ with no backdoor could be used for this

May 21, 2019 | 12:02 p.m.

Being deep increases your win rate for sure. Your Bb/100 is much much higher than 9 in a live game to boot. Probably closer to 30. It really depends on you and the people in your game. I personally am most comfortable at 100bb stack depth, and will add on only to cover a soft player. If the table is generally soft then I will add on as well. In 1-3 for example there’s maybe 1-2 decent regs and a lot of regular recreational ma that play every day and very passively/poorly and will not be afraid to have a deeper stack w them.

At 2-5, I’m still a bit conservative as I’m less comfortable, so I buy in at 100bb and if there’s a big spot I may add to cover. I usually don’t table change tho if I do get deep. Probably wouldn’t be a terrible idea in some cases.

May 15, 2019 | 1:44 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on $3 1k GTD

When you say “this hand” are you using multiple sizings pre? Or shoving entire opening range ?

May 15, 2019 | 1:34 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in MTT: HJ SNG $3

8 Handed $3 SNG, top 3 get paid

Folds to Hero in HJ w KJdd and hero has 14bb. Is this a shove spot or a raise?

May 14, 2019 | 7:53 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on Shove or call?

yeah I agree with this. Thanks for the response. I'm REALLY liking tournaments so far surprisingly. There's alot I don't know, but im trying to embrace it and learn and think theres alot of potential in them :)

May 14, 2019 | 7:32 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on $3 1k GTD

I was thinking villain might only jam higher pairs and large broadways. thought that a fold might preserve my ability to play in later pots. I've been using alot of min raises and they seem super effective against these weak players im facing. Ive been using the thought process "if I have 10bb, I dont want to just jam my whole stack because I think I can navigate a 10bb stack well enough in different spots" lol. But maybe I should raise the threshold a little bit. been noticing at this micro sng turbos and stuff people arent rejamming me very wide, and choose a passive strategy trying to make hands

May 14, 2019 | 7:18 p.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on $3 1k GTD

I think I have a skill edge having 10bb and no antes in play at this stage. Would this still become a shove?

May 14, 2019 | 7:15 p.m.

Are turbos/hyper turbos a waste of time? I assume they are a lower skill format and therefore a higher variance format, but still profitable. They seem to run alot more than regular SNG's

May 14, 2019 | 5:24 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in MTT: Shove or call?

$3 buy in 1k gtd, about 1.5hours in and still large field.

Utg limps
Bttn min raise covering hero
SB fold
Hero has ATo on Bb w 13.6bb. Is this hand good enough to shove? Why might we choose to shove or call?

If we had less Bb, does it become a more attractive shove? How about more?

Brand new to tournaments so have a lot of questions. Hope to start discussion and get some feedback! 😊

May 14, 2019 | 12:49 a.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in MTT: $3 1k GTD

Hero raise HJ 2bb w 10.66bb stack holding 99
Folds to BB who jams all in covering hero, no information. First hour into rebuy tournament. Do we call off the last 8.6bb, or fold?

I'm thinking that a BB isnt going to be rejamming low PP being able to just click call. So seems like we are going to be coin flipping alot/beat by larger pairs when we can fold and use our skill edge in later spots/be shoving ourselves w some fold equity.

May 14, 2019 | 12:15 a.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in MTT: Add ons question

Basically, are Add ons something we want to be doing? I'm thinking the answer is yes in all scenarios. Is there a time when not to add on?

May 14, 2019 | 12:10 a.m.

Comment | ryanspicer commented on Learning SNG's

Just developing an interest in SNG as a means to learn MTT. So glad you're making this content. Any content you can direct me to for someone who has a solid cash game foundation, and about 0% tournament knowledge? Going to check out your ICM primer vid next

May 13, 2019 | 5:25 p.m.

Post | ryanspicer posted in MTT: New to SNG/MTT

Hey guys,

I mainly play 1/3 & 2/5 Live & 100NL Online, and just deposited a small amount on Global to learn tournament concepts. Does anyone have advice for good resources for someone very new to tournaments, but with a solid cash game background? My main focus for tournaments is to learn the fundamentals and play in small live local tournaments every week or two, and then play in some of the 100k+ gtd at the hardrocks in Florida. Starting from the ground up in tournaments and would appreciate some feedback. Going to start playing in the smallest SNG and just get use to the structure for now.

Much appreciated and hope we get into some good discussions moving forward!

May 11, 2019 | 6:57 p.m.

I would think vs the flop raise+call to my flop 3b his range is very top pair+ heavy, with alot of strong top pair, so id probably check turn. If clubs come in, I think a 1/3 pot seems fine followed by a river shove

May 10, 2019 | 5:04 p.m.

why would it matter having the public view it? more room for discussion

May 10, 2019 | 3:09 a.m.

Wouldn’t sweat it. If you are over folding here, it’s prob not a huge deal. And if you are, you’ll prob figure it out watching him play more. Just hard to see him raising turn w a hand like AK or AQ very often. It’s possible and may be worth a couple combos, but don’t think enough. I don’t think a turn call would be the worst thing ever, but I think it’s still a fold. Just think most players don’t bluff here so he’s likely very value heavy w a range of better hands.

74s May fold flop too btw

May 9, 2019 | 7:45 p.m.

I think I’d be betting the flop 40% when check too. On the riv, if we have some spades here, we have some hearts here. Can also have some 99. Think we can prob use a polarize sizing and bet river. We prob don’t have a ton of bluffs here so seems like an okay candidate. On river seems like it may be a better candidate as QQ and KK May be chosen to bluff catch before TT and JJ, so when he has those he may justify a fold holding off to have Kk or QQ.

May 9, 2019 | 2:29 p.m.

also, disciplined breaks are powerful for reinforcing discipline. Getting fresh air every couple hours and moving around can help w fatigue. Also, exercise before your sssion can help wake up the brain and bring you more into the moment

May 9, 2019 | 12:28 p.m.

It sounds like you’re relatively new, so I think being nervous at the table is normal. I definitely struggled with it for a long time/still struggle with it, to a lesser degree. I’d say it’s pretty important to write down the details of the hands you play that you were unsure of and share it with trusted friends you think are good/have good results or on forums like this. Sometimes you may not have played as bad as you think and may have hit some variance. Being able to talk open and honestly about your short comings and areas you are unsure about is vital to improvement. You’re also just gonna fuck up sometimes. I’ve done it. Still do it. But as long as you’re beating the game, or at least breaking even, don’t worry about it too much. Just use each session as a learning experience. Track your results in an app so you have them to look back on and make future decisions.

Also, journaling before might help. Just getting yourself into the right mindset. Like maybe writing down something you’re going to focus on that you can refer back to when you start to meltdown. “I’m going to take my time, breathe from my diaphragm, and come to a conclusion and trust that conclusion; if things don’t work out or I think I made a mistake, I’ll write it down and get help understanding it. Then I’ll let it go”

I think box breathing can help as well, or known as ujai breath in yoga. Having a steady deep breath that keeps you mindful can help reduce stress and increase focus. Breath in for about a count of 4, and then exhale controlled for about a count of 4. You don’t have to count it once you get the hang of it. It’s morw
About the controlled aspect.

Overall, take your time, make your decisions, have a stop loss, get help(there’s no shame in it), be honest, practice posture and breathing, and then let it all go. Good luck!

May 9, 2019 | 12:25 p.m.

Yeah I’d fold as well. He needs like 7 worst value combos if he has 56o in range, and a lot of live players will/can have 56o in their range, plus all the offsuit two pair Axo. Pretty gross, but I’d just fold

May 9, 2019 | 12:14 p.m.

like the idea of having feedback on posts from the forums. I know ive been using them pretty aggressively lately and find it a really good place to stay on top of things and generate good discussion. seems as if the forums are picking up some momentum lately too. Not entirely sure we need a full video on them, but definitely replys from knowledgeable players is much appreciated. also appreciate the feedback you did give. I think I was considering a fold mostly due to the very tight range im expecting to see. For example, if his range is literally JJ+, or JJ+ some AK, im not really sure how to evaluate it theoretically and say we call for X reason. I may call and justify it because we have some depth and position, but it wouldnt be very concise and that bothers me not knowing that. So if you know a simple way to illustrate that, id appreciate it :)

When i put K9s into poker equilab, we have around 24% equity against a range of JJ+, and around 25% vs a range of JJ+ and AKs.

If we take the $25 we are calling and divide 25/$73(pot after rake) we need around 34% equity to continue. So how do we know we can make up the 9% equity deficit? I know i used to use a formula that accounted for equity realization. So having position, maybe we realize 65% equity( I dont want to go too high because i do think his range is very tight and therefore we will be seeing a high flop bet frequency.)

so if we need 34%, and we are getting 24%, we can take .24/.65r = .36, or 36%. Having position lets us realize more equity and therefore can call a bit wider. I suppose this makes sense.

at 100bb I would be folding this preflop however. Having depth allows us to realize more equity and potentially make very strong hands and get paid

May 9, 2019 | 1:15 a.m.

As played I would only flat the cbet on flop. Think it’s a mistake to raise.

Think jam on turn only gets called by better hands mostly

Would also fold it preflop to a 6x SB raise

May 8, 2019 | 4:32 p.m.

I think you can fold pre given how tight the 3b range is. A9 has bad RIO, and the player behind can always come over the top, which hurts alot for equity realization, and also have Ax that dominate you in his range. if you call, the SPR is going to be 3:1, so you're basically wanting to flop a NFD and then have no fold equity if the 3b range is truly TT+(which could easily become JJ+ or QQ+ given he is on the BB and can just call and close the action) Against a range of TT+ you have just about enough equity to make a breakevenish call, if his range is any tighter, you start losing equity. if the player behind starts to flat things like JJ+ or AK and then decides to repop all in, then we lose equity realization. I would fold

as for the flop check, I would prob still bet having this much equity and plan to GII vs either player, unless you have played with this player alot and know for certain he is on an overpair. There are like 2 players in my card room that I Would feel confident coming to this conclusion about(refering to the flop check)

May 7, 2019 | 4:18 p.m.

Live 1-3
Very big whale limps HJ and has around $200
CO decent reg opens $15 and has $300
folds to hero on the BB w AJo $300 effective

Im not really sure what the bottom of my flatting range should be here facing a 5x open. I think I am incentivized to flat a little wider here with the presence of a whale. I would for sure fold things like ATo, KJo, QJo,A2s-A8s(maybe 3b A5/A4s), maybe start flatting somewhere around A9s-AQs, JTs, QJs, KJs, KQs, and then use something like QTs/KTs/T9s, AKs and TT+ as a 3b. I might even flat AKo/AKs sometimes to keep the whale in play.

Generally tho, im just not sure if AJo and KQo are strong enough to flat a 5x raise to play OOP 3way with a competent player in the pot. I do think he is isolating about normal(may be a bit wider than what you would see online, as i think its normal for live regs to isolate a little more aggressively with the absence of 3betting in most games)

May 5, 2019 | 10:10 p.m.

im not saying fold pocket pairs if you have a good price. was referring more towards the AQ, AJ KJ varieties that have severe domination issues

May 1, 2019 | 4:36 a.m.

If someone is 3betting JJ+ and AK less than half the time. Imagine we can fold AJs and below, plus 99, maybe TT depending on price.

Not 100% if AQs is even a flat from these position being so dominated. If people are nitty w their 3b the best thing to do is be tight facing their strong aggression. A lot of times AK is a fold or flat in the games I play live and I have no shame in that

April 30, 2019 | 6:34 p.m.

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