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Slava Brat

57 points

No reason to shove. Board is so heavily favored towards your coldcalling range im very surprised he bets that big three streets with naked ace.

March 10, 2017 | 3:27 p.m.

flop is one of the best for your range vs BU coldcalling range, especially vs 3x opening. He is very unlikely to hold 44 or 22 therefore he almost never has strong hand. I would cbet my entire range here.
River is a fold, depending on his agression might be a call but still a very close one. He only bluffs with Ad and after coldcalling and betting 3 streets it is unlikely he has one.

March 10, 2017 | 3:25 p.m.

Jam, mix it with T9s, move one to the next hand. He cannot escape paying you with overpairs. Make sure you bluff enough hands though.

Oct. 10, 2015 | 3:12 a.m.

Hello. This is for sure an awkward spot to be in. By default I think checking flop and folding to a reasonable turn bet is fine strategy, since I dont expect that many good bluffs in opponents range. You can also somewhat improve that strategy, because it seems to be very unbalanced to check with weak hands and bet with strong ones. So you can slowplay AK and AA from time to time. Another adjustment is to bet entire range on the flop with very small bet and then reevaluate situation on turn. With KK you have quite strong blockers to AK in opps range, and it is possible to fold him off his AQ/AJs hands if you fire on three streets. Its for you to decide.

Oct. 10, 2015 | 3:06 a.m.

Comment | Slava Brat commented on Beating NL50

Im using SH, its ok. Try it.
But seriously. You are implying that difference in player level between NL25 and NL50 is higher than 10bb/100 which is obviously far from truth. Maybe you just got a downswing on new limit. Maybe you were using some crazy unoptimal adjustments to player pool back at NL25, which no longer work on NL50.
I would suggest you just keep playing same way you played at NL25 and eventually money will come. No way you can be a losing player with that winrate.

Oct. 8, 2015 | 11:45 p.m.

Comment | Slava Brat commented on Beating NL50

10bb/100 is goddamn high winrate. How is it possible that you cannot beat NL50 with your skill level?

Oct. 8, 2015 | 11:27 p.m.

Hand History | Slava Brat posted in NLHE: AK vs middle position against 4bet
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (6 Players) BN: $47.87
SB: $36.45
BB: $33.14
UTG: $25.65
MP: $29.62
CO: $25.00 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is CO with A K
UTG folds, MP raises to $0.75, Hero raises to $2.60, BN folds, SB calls $2.50, BB folds, MP raises to $6.45, Hero calls $3.85, SB calls $3.85

Oct. 8, 2015 | 9:43 p.m.

Flop check is fine, also small 1/3 or 1/4 bet is fine, depending on other hands in your range. As played im betting river and bluffing every combo i could find in this situation.

Oct. 3, 2015 | 4:05 p.m.

Bet smaller otf or mix it witch checks. On turn Kx your whole range is nutted so it doesnt really matter what you do here if you put money in the pot. Checking is not recommended.

Oct. 3, 2015 | 4:03 p.m.

Its close between betting and checking. Usually bdfd combos of low aces are better to bet than ones without backdoor equity. Since your checking range is probably underprotected on these boards and your betting range is overvalued, you not benefitting much from checking, because default villain strategy of bluffing into your check with overcards gonna net him even more money if you check combos like AJ. Also to notice, betting flop in 3bet pots is always +EV if villain is not hard-raising us.
Betting too much combos on the flop leads to troubles on the tirn, where you give up quite often, but its easy to protect your checking range with overpair x/raises and mixing it up with some combos of x/r bluffs with nut blockers and low Ax fds. Thats my general approach to these spots.

Oct. 3, 2015 | 3:57 p.m.

I think against this size IP call is fine with most 4sXs. Most players will give up very often on turn/river after this play since they hardly ever balance they checking range with enough of strong hands.

Sept. 8, 2015 | 3:46 a.m.

dont even think about hands like this, just call and move to the next one

Sept. 8, 2015 | 3:43 a.m.

On 98s flop BU has an advantage. Percentage of good combos in his range is too high compared to yours. You can start with checking 100% here. You can clearly see the flaws of your strategy when you are not sure about river valuebet on this blank runout.

Sept. 3, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

Also consider betting the flop sometimes

Sept. 3, 2015 | 11:55 a.m.

Comment | Slava Brat commented on Outplay a regular

wow this guy really like to fold to flop cbet. I mean, 61%, really? You dont even need to play poker against him.

Sept. 2, 2015 | 8:39 a.m.

Hi Tyler. Really enjoy all of your videos. I think recently you got dragged out with the idea of betting small on most textures. First of all, not all boards are good for 100% range betting, and solver often comes up with those kind of boards. Second, given enough options to bet different sizings, in a lot of 3bet pots solver sometimes prefer to bet half the pot (I think its just for sake of being able to go all-in by the river). On boards that benefit 3bet defender, like T9x board benefit CO defender from BB 3bet, solver prefer to check a lot and bet polarized range for big sizing. In some 4bet pots, even on K-high textures that benefit 4bettor a lot, it also sometimes suggests bet large for one or two streets (even with medium strength hands) just because defending player cannot do anything about it. So I recommend you being careful, as its very easy to make a lot of sub-optimal and exploitable plays thinking you are playing optimal.

Sept. 2, 2015 | 8:06 a.m.

With your hand you cant go wrong raising the turn. Since you will raise with sht ton of value hands, you benefit from adding hand that 1) has no sd value 2)has good equity 3)not that common in your range.
Of course your opponent might simply call 100% to your raise, and if you can predict that, raising is pointless, but lets not be greedy. With more borderline hands, its a real question whether to raise or not. With yours, its more like a style choice. Both calling and raising options are fine.

Aug. 29, 2015 | 2:39 p.m.

Yeah? I saw minraise turn with bottom pair few times. It can be anything, often time nuts, but with AQ i dont think it matters.

Aug. 28, 2015 | 1:52 a.m.

Just asking, why dis you check the turn?

Aug. 27, 2015 | 1:43 a.m.

Wow so many nits there : D im not folding. Either calldown or jam.

Aug. 27, 2015 | 1:37 a.m.

Flop bet super standard with most of your range, turn is more complicated. Valuebetting yor AJ AK JJ with a mix of bluffs (I think your QJ also falls into bluff category due to blockers to AQ and AJ) is gonna be a solid strategy no matter what opponent does in responce. I personally dont like folding too much in this spot after he raises, but I think with Ks you just remove too many of his potential bluffs. Problem is, he might do some silly stuff like raising AQ for SD value and your fold is not very good against this spew. So its close. Also depends on whether or not you are valuebetting AQ in this spot, because if you do you cannot fold AK to a rase.
Since you will probably bet polarized range OTT, you will have a checking range, so adding some AK hands to this range won't be such a bad idea. I would prefer to check your hand. Again, you dont need that much of protection with Ks.

Aug. 27, 2015 | 1:33 a.m.

Dont you consider A4x or KQ in opponents range? I mean, not always, but at least sometimes.

Aug. 27, 2015 | 1:24 a.m.

So running a simple GTO sim, with IP BU 3bet range about 8.5% (standard value + mix of different bluffs) turns out that you cannot fold AQ here. In fact, expected EV of jamming or calling is higher than initial pot, in your case higher than 5$, so its a very big number. AQ with gutshot just has a lot of equity even when being behind. I also don't think that adding nut hands like 22 33 44 and A5s to your preflop defend range changes much, 5$ EV is really high number. And optimal strategy also consist of continuing turn with KQ and QJ, so if in real life you fold those hands, AQ is no-brainer defend. Of course in reality people wouldn't just bomb here with a lot of bluffs against you, but that is just a consideration. I have seen a regular that x/r/c me in 3bet pot with 99 on AA board, so it wouldn't surprise you that even tight players can sometimes mess things up.

Aug. 19, 2015 | 7:32 a.m.

I dont think calling here turn OOP is a good idea, jamming or folding ih the play because of SPR. Since you are jamming, its almost the same as facing 2x overbet, and you should develop you defending frequency accordingly. You probably dont call flop with a lot of hands worse than Qx, so the question is what Qx are best to continue here. Ax kicker is definetely superior to Kx kicker. So you are already folding KQo KQs and QJs which is a lot. Blocking Ad and As also not good, but if we fold all Ad and As we end up folding too much. So your hand is really borderline defend. At first I was sure about jamming, but now I see that if our hand is already close to 0 (considering im doing math right), then folding it against predictable tight opponent might be the better option. I will run some sims when I reach my laptop to further understand this spot.

Aug. 19, 2015 | 7:08 a.m.

Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (5 Players) UTG: $50.00
CO: $55.75 (Hero)
BN: $23.18
SB: $69.94
BB: $11.89
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is CO with Q Q
UTG raises to $1.25, Hero raises to $4.50, 3 folds, UTG raises to $10.00, Hero calls $5.50
Flop ($20.75) 9 2 4
UTG bets $7.00, Hero folds

Aug. 18, 2015 | 2:07 p.m.

Reasons (for AK hand):
1)Blocking nut combos AA-KK
2)Against everything else we are doing fine or very good, so putting money in the pot is beneficial for our EV.

Aug. 18, 2015 | 10:21 a.m.

Can you explain this, please? About turn fold. Seems to me our combined outs + possible sd value just too good to fold

Aug. 18, 2015 | 4:26 a.m.

Hand History | Slava Brat posted in NLHE: NL50, KQ squeeze on 3flush flop
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (5 Players) UTG: $50.00
CO: $50.50
BN: $80.75
SB: $50.00 (Hero)
BB: $50.00
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is SB with Q K
UTG raises to $1.50, CO folds, BN calls $1.50, Hero raises to $6.50, BB folds, UTG calls $5.00, BN calls $5.00
Both players are recreational, and I didn't come up with any idea better than squeeze here.
Looking back, probably coldcall here is fine because of my low prelfop fold-equity against weak players.
Flop ($20.00) 6 J 8
Hero bets $6.50, UTG calls $6.50, BN folds
Dont know what am I doing here. Logic was probably like "I don't wanna check and I don't wanna bet big either".
Turn ($33.00) 6 J 8 A
Hero bets $37.00 and is all in, UTG calls $37.00 and is all in
With combodraw my hand is one of the best candidates to jam. Is it correct though? Qhigh FD probably not enough.

Aug. 17, 2015 | 5:21 p.m.

Hand History | Slava Brat posted in NLHE: NL50, boring 44 hand in 3bet pot
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) SB: $78.97
BB: $50.00
UTG: $155.53
MP: $99.94
CO: $42.83
BN: $50.11 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BN with 4 4
3 folds, Hero raises to $1.00, SB folds, BB raises to $4.00, Hero calls $3.00
Opp is reg with somewhat standard stats over 100 hands.
I usually call most pocket pairs against SB and BB 3bets.
Flop ($8.25) 5 6 3
BB bets $5.00, Hero calls $5.00
std call
Turn ($18.25) 5 6 3 T
BB bets $13.00, Hero calls $13.00
std call again?
River ($44.25) 5 6 3 T 4
BB bets $28.00 and is all in, Hero calls $28.00
And calling river since I hit my out?

Aug. 17, 2015 | 5:17 p.m.

Hand History | Slava Brat posted in NLHE: NL50, T8s 3bet pot w/ flush.
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $90.71
SB: $58.40 (Hero)
BB: $78.94
UTG: $47.28
MP: $77.33
CO: $62.94
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is SB with T 8
3 folds, BN raises to $1.25, Hero raises to $4.50, BB folds, BN calls $3.25
Opp is reg. Not a usual 3bet for me, I prefer T9s, but his steal frq. was high enough.
Flop ($9.50) K 6 5
Hero bets $4.50, BN raises to $12.50, Hero calls $8.00
Standard half-pot cbet on Khigh board with most of the combos in my range.
After his raise seems like I have to call, although not thrilled about it. My draw is relatively weak and I cannot imagine him raising Kx here.
Flop jam also out of the question.
Turn ($34.50) K 6 5 J
Hero checks, BN bets $17.25, Hero raises to $41.40 and is all in, BN calls $24.15
Seems like I cannot do anything but jam here.

Aug. 17, 2015 | 5:15 p.m.

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