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Juan L

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It's nice to see some of these tournaments where a lot of runouts and situations are not going well, and seeing how you approach them.

52:00 with A7o, you went over the bluffs well, but I'm having a hard time finding hands that would take this line for value given the large sizing on the flop, turn check and then river jam. Are you taking this line with over pairs that you checked back on turn? What's the weakest hand for value that you would shove? I guess, I would be very suspicious as BB because I would find it really hard a lot of value combos and it would feel to me like you are just trying to get me off some 3x and 5x

April 20, 2019 | 4:59 p.m.

Loving your videos! The whole discussion of thought energy and gto has something that I've been doing lately and I definitely need to change what I prioritize. One thing I would have liked is to see people's bust out hands and see if there was anything unusual there.

April 10, 2019 | 2:07 a.m.

Nice, lots of good info there. I actually made mistake of going to Colombia last year for a couple of months, mostly for vacation, but with the expectation of being able to grind casually. Quickly had expectations shattered :D

And, only going till Jan because I want to come back and do some snowboarding

April 9, 2019 | 1:50 a.m.

Had no idea Party banned Thailand, guess that is off the list then

April 9, 2019 | 1:46 a.m.

I'm willing to go anywhere, but have been mostly playing tournaments (Stars and Party), so something in Europe or American can time zones would be preferable.

April 8, 2019 | 2:06 a.m.

Nice, thanks for the input. I'll look into some of those

April 7, 2019 | 3:27 a.m.

Comment | Juan L commented on Help needed


March 27, 2019 | 12:31 a.m.

Solid video. As others have said, really appreciate the live tells/reads.

Last hand with T7, whats the plan if you miss? Were you expecting him to give up often and take it away? I know you mentioned that it's expensive, but it seems to me like a better option was to raise flop or turn given your read that this guy is overly aggro. It seems like he wont give up often, and we don't hit often enough to hero call.

March 25, 2019 | 11:14 p.m.

Comment | Juan L commented on Real Talk and Live Play

Really enjoyed this video, thanks for the advice and honesty

March 25, 2019 | 8:12 p.m.

Hi guys,

I'm looking to move somewhere from Sept- Jan. I'm currently in Canada but would like some suggestions for good places to skip some of the winter months and still be able to play online. Thanks!

March 22, 2019 | 6:59 a.m.

Post | Juan L posted in MTT: Mid Stakes Study Group

Hi everyone,

I’m looking to make a small study group of players that want to dedicate some significant study time over the next few months. I’m currently playing anything from $20-109. Ideally, I would like to have at least one study session per week (1-3 hours) to discuss some mutually predetermined topics/spots. If you are interested PM or post below with some info about your self.

March 22, 2019 | 6:50 a.m.

Comment | Juan L commented on nl200z rec min 3b

This is close, it doesn't look very bluffy. I usually revert to just calling here vs recs though, since they can take so many weird lines. They might be betting an 8 like you said and I'm inclined to think that they would betting bigger with over pairs, especially on turn to protect.

I think I only fold this when villain has been super passive. Or, I have seen them take similar lines or sizing in other spots with top pair. On a similar note, I might also be more likely to call if this is a regular table since this will give some insight into their bet sizing that we can potentially exploit later.

Feb. 23, 2019 | 8:25 p.m.

This seems like a pretty straight forward fold.

What are they bluffing with that takes this line? It would have to be a flopped flush that realizes that you wouldn't bet a a set or two pair on the turn and now they can rep a full house to get you off a Q or K high flush. Maybe a random Ax might bluff like this? But they would be more likely to x/decide imo. It's takes a lot of effort to come up with bluffs is my point.

Whereas, what value does he have? All sets and Ax two pairs that filled up and they are trying to get value from flushes. When it comes to decisions like this I have found that its easiest to keep it simple. If it takes a ton effort to come up with bluffs and it's easy to find value hands I'll just give them the pot. Obviously adjust if someone is constantly putting you in spots like this but from your villain description this doesn't seem to be the case.

Feb. 22, 2019 | 11:56 p.m.

Comment | Juan L commented on River Spot: 100NL HU

Thanks for the feedback. I think you're right, I should have payed more attention to the sizing. Was playing too many tables and didn't realize how big it was at the time.

Feb. 21, 2019 | 11:45 p.m.

Hand History | Juan L posted in NLHE: River Spot: 100NL HU
Blinds: $0.50/$1.00 (2 Players) BB: $100.00 (Hero)
SB: $108.90
Preflop ($1.50) Hero is BB with J A
Hero raises to $2.20, SB raises to $8.00, Hero calls $5.80
Flop ($16.00) Q Q 9
SB bets $8.00, Hero calls $8.00
Turn ($32.00) Q Q 9 3
SB checks, Hero checks
River ($32.00) Q Q 9 3 T
SB bets $26.00, Hero raises to $84.00 and is all in, SB calls $58.00
Final Pot BB lost and shows a pair of Queens.
SB wins and shows three of a kind, Queens.
SB wins $199.00
Rake is $1.00

Feb. 20, 2019 | 9:46 p.m.

I think I would prefer a limp in your position and be more likely to iso if I were in CO or button with your hand. It's probably still okay if most people aren't 3 betting much and playing relatively soft.

Versus the 3B, the only play is call imo. Even if we give them a super tight range of QQ+ and just AKs, we are almost getting the right odds to call; we need 25.7% and have ~24.4% vs that range. On the flop, I'm not a huge fan of your raise size. What are we trying to accomplish by leaving 30bbs behind? I would either jam or just flat. If button is aggressive and has been 3 betting a lot I would prefer a jam, since they have a lot more bet/folds.

Versus a typical 1/2 player though, I would prefer a call since they are probably going to play relatively straight forward in later streets. It will often go check/check on the turn and we get a free river, and even when miss it gives us a good opportunity to bluff on a lot of runouts. If they bet we can just safely fold given the how most people play at these stakes.

Feb. 20, 2019 | 4:33 p.m.

Comment | Juan L commented on Calling range 20-30bb

Like most things in poker, it depends. I usually do a quick check of how much they are opening from that position. You'll see some people open 10% and some are closer to 25%. Also there is a pretty big difference in what I'm doing with 20 vs 30bbs so I'll adjust accordingly. As a std though my calling range probably looks something like: T9s+, some 66-TT ,A8s-ATs and a few traps.

Feb. 14, 2019 | 8:18 p.m.

I like your line, and sizings looks decent. Personally, I might go bigger on turn and river though and represent a more polar range, especially given the combo you're holding.

Jan. 31, 2019 | 2:54 a.m.

I think having charts is good when getting started, but there is no such thing as a correct range. It all depends on the particular opponents at your table. With that said, I feel like BU might be a little too loose on avg. Unless people are these stakes are not playing back at all and over folding blinds. Everything else looks decent.

Jan. 29, 2019 | 3:46 p.m.

I would prefer a check on the turn for three reasons:

1) We now lose to Kx, which they have a decent amount of combos of
2) Ace on turn should not give villain any two pair that we get thin value from, since they should be shoving most of his strong Ax pre with that stack
3) It gives villain a chance to turn a random pair into a bluff that we can snap on the river

Also, not a huge fan of your sizing. If we are trying to get thin calls, I would go with 25-30% pot. However, I still like a check here

Jan. 26, 2019 | 4:59 a.m.

I was mostly joking around about not caring about ICM. But that makes sense, thanks!

Jan. 25, 2019 | midnight

Blinds: t1 500 000/t3 000 000 (5 Players) BN: 23 961 630
SB: 98 665 621
BB: 116 575 580
UTG: 51 190 425 (Hero)
CO: 65 698 762
Preflop (4 500 000) Hero is UTG with A J
Hero raises to 6 360 000, 3 folds, BB raises to 116 200 580 and is all in, Hero calls 44 455 425 and is all in

Jan. 23, 2019 | 4:32 p.m.

Comment | Juan L commented on AJ multiway pote

I can't imagine calling off being bad. I think a lot of people would be 3B jamming AQ/AK and 99 vs your open, unless you've been really tight. I would weight their range to suited broadways and just call it off. Also, if it's some big field tournament there is always the chance it's some random with a weaker Ax just jamming because they don't know what to do.

Jan. 23, 2019 | 4:01 p.m.

Interesting spot. I think I would normally call this turn . We have some SD value and don't think we are actually getting any better hands to fold. Villain might decide to bluff clubs on the river, we can always make some hero calls with our 3x and they might give up; there are lots of ways to still win the hand. I think that main thing we accomplish by shoving is just making the hand easier to play.

Nov. 13, 2018 | 3:03 a.m.

Hi, at 23:01 table 2, you just fold 88 in MP vs EP open, is that standard? I normally would never fold there

Oct. 31, 2018 | 7:49 p.m.

Hand History | Juan L posted in MTT: 109 WCOOP. Lots of options, all bad.
Blinds: t400/t800 (9 Players) MP: 23,973
UTG+1: 47,114
MP+1: 34,098
MP+2: 97,151
CO: 45,471
BN: 49,300
SB: 56,670
BB: 62,514 (Hero)
UTG: 49,600
Preflop (1,200) Hero is BB with K A
UTG folds, MP raises to 1,600, UTG+1 folds, MP+1 calls 1,600, MP+2 calls 1,600, CO raises to 6,800, 2 folds, Hero raises to 14,800, MP calls 13,200, MP+1 folds, MP+2 folds, CO raises to 45,371 and is all in, Hero calls 30,571, MP calls 9,073 and is all in
Flop (119,115) 5 T 8
Turn (119,115) 5 T 8 6
River (119,115) 5 T 8 6 5
Final Pot MP wins and shows two pair, Aces and Fives.
CO wins and shows two pair, Queens and Fives.
BB lost and shows a pair of Fives.
MP wins 76,119 CO wins 42,996

Sept. 3, 2018 | 2:59 p.m.

Hand History | Juan L posted in NLHE: Jam or check call?
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $70.19
SB: $49.50
BB: $84.33 (Hero)
UTG: $69.54
MP: $52.11
CO: $250.52
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BB with Q Q
UTG folds, MP raises to $1.50, CO folds, BN calls $1.50, SB folds, Hero raises to $6.25, MP folds, BN calls $4.75
Flop ($14.25) Q 5 6
Hero bets $4.50, BN calls $4.50
Turn ($23.25) Q 5 6 8
Hero bets $15.50, BN calls $15.50
River ($54.25) Q 5 6 8 9
Hero bets $58.08 and is all in, BN calls $43.94 and is all in
Final Pot BN lost and shows a pair of Tens.
BB wins and shows three of a kind, Queens.
BB wins $140.13
Rake is $2.00

Aug. 27, 2018 | 9:49 p.m.

I think I would play my range here as a call. You say that you don't have a calling range other than AA, but what are you doing with TT-QQ and AQs? Just folding?

Calling AA protects those hands that we are not comfortable getting in that deep. I think that 5B looks super nutted and I haven't seen too many people putting in a 5B bluff there, so to me your hand would look face up. Other positives of flatting imo: it won't be that hard to get all the money in post flop given the spr and we leave all their random bluffs.

Aug. 25, 2018 | 1:12 p.m.

All good questions to consider, thanks . I haven't played poker seriously in a very long time and just started playing 50NL. This was my first shot at it, so I'm still in the process of get data on these things.

Aug. 25, 2018 | 3:31 a.m.

Thanks for the reply! It has definitely given me a lot of things to think about

Aug. 25, 2018 | 3:28 a.m.

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