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1. Is this the way that most 2+2 people would play a weak overpair OOP against a semi-LAG? I have 8d 8c in BB in .25/.50 NL. EP limps, SLAG button opens for 2$, I call, EP folds. Flop 3c 6d 7s (pot 4.5$) Hero bets 4$
I think that the OPs line is standard but I think that there are other options. If the villain is known to be aggro post flop, and you feel that it is highly likely that he'll make a continuation bet, why not check raise? You risk giving a free card, but your read tells you villain is unlikely to take the free card. You get an extra bet from AT-AK type of hands, and could have some fold equity against weak overpairs like TT or JJ. We lose too much by having him fold overcards (which is a big % of the time), and this type of villain is always firing a continuation bet. I like check/raise against a reasonable villain (who won't 3-bet the flop with a worst hand), and a check/call against an ultra-lag. *I think the best option is c/c flop, lead turn. My main arguement for it is that you can play your sets the same way and extract the max from villian if he has a hand.
2. Villain has done a few donkish things. But he has *some* idea of whats going on. I've just seen him turn up with strange cards (crap cards). Probably thinks he's a *player*. Effective stacks of 450. Preflop Hero is BB with KdKs villain open minraises in MP, button calls, hero makes it 35, villain calls, button folds. Flop (78) KcJc4d Hero bets 50, villain makes it 175 ....Whats the plan for the hand ?
Villain might have nothing/big draw/one pair ... could be anything. I push. If it's a draw let him pay, KJ, JJ and 44 is not folding.**why not push? villain has put half of his stack in already, i don't see him folding to a push. looks like AA, JJ, KJ or AcQc. **Personally, I call and then bet pretty small on the turn. Enough so that a push from him will have 'fold equity'. These guys never fail to fall for that.
3. Assume typical loose but not crazy 5-10 6-max Party players, who will not put their stacks in with nothing but will fire hard sometimes with nothing. $40 calls generally mean minimum unsuited connectors, and sometimes sandbagging. What should Hero do? Post your vote, but please DO NOT post an explanation. I will give my answer tomorrow. MP ($1211) Button ($522.55) Hero ($1012) BB ($919) UTG ($158.02) Preflop: Hero is SB with Qd, Qs. Hero posts a blind of $5. UTG raises to $40, MP calls $40, Button calls $40, Hero .....
This is a Sklansky-type no limit hand, by which I mean so many variables have been controlled that one answer is clearly correct. Most tough hands aren't like that. The answer lies in the stack sizes. You are at least calling. After a call, if BB folds there would be a $170 pot with the opener having $118 behind, next guy $880 and button $480. The pot after a call would be huge relative to UTG's remaining stack. If MP and button had _giant_ stacks and Hero did too, one might argue that set equity and hopefully a stackoff against a giant stack was worth more than the dead money. Here MP and button have small stacks. There is far too much dead money in the pot. You must raise.
5. Villain is 36.6/4.3/.81, river agg is 1.67, wtsd is 33.3, won$sd is 58.3. MP2 ($103.60) MP3 ($99.65) Hero ($124.90) Button ($105.20) SB ($189) BB ($95) UTG ($100.05) UTG+1 ($78.75) UTG+2 ($88.05) MP1 ($139.25) Preflop: Hero is CO with Qh, Th. SB posts a blind of $0.50. UTG calls $1, 2 folds, MP1 calls $1, 2 folds, Hero calls $1, 2 folds, BB checks. Flop: ($4.50) Ad, Jd, Ks (4 players) BB checks, UTG checks, MP1 bets $4, Hero raises to $13, BB folds, UTG folds, MP1 calls $9. Turn: ($30.50) 5d (2 players) MP1 checks, Hero checks. River: ($30.50) 2s (2 players) MP1 bets $25, Hero calls $25. Final Pot: $80.50. Comments on the line.
I really like a turn bet. People here are obsessed with checking turns, but it's highly unlikely that villain doesn't have a flush AND he is pretty sure you don't have it either. Those are two very good reasons to bet the turn imo.**30% of the time is all you have to win this hand to call. You're not winning enough to raise but certainly enough too call. I bet this turn with the intention of folding to a raise and check behind on the river and fold if he leads the river. I'm not letting ace crap diamond kicker win this hand. This hand will not improve so there is no justification to check the hand on the turn. Pot control isn't an issue b/c you know strength by villain means you're beat. He is loose passive. I can't see him laying down a set, and he probably won't even lay down two pair. And he definitly won't lay down if he has the Kd somehow. Then what do you lose by betting the turn in stead of checking behind and calling a river bet? If you really put him on a flush, checking behind the turn and folding to a river bet would be an option, but I don't see why you would check the turn and call the river?
6. Trying to allow laydowns to have the same warm and fuzzy effect that winning big pots has. Should I feel good about this one? No major reads as I just got to the table. Preflop: Hero is SB with Kd, Ac. 1 folds, MP raises to $5.00, 2 folds, Hero raises to $19.50, BB calls $19.00, MP calls $15.00. Flop: ($60.00) Qs, Jc, 5d (3 players) Hero checks, BB checks, MP checks. Turn: ($60.00) Ad (3 players) Hero checks, BB bets $57.00, MP folds, Hero folds. Final Pot: $117.00.
this is played fine. occasionally you will lose your preflop reraise when you do it with AK but the majority of time, I've found a reraise with AK to be more profitable than a smoothcall.It's hard to imagine you're actually ahead here. In fact, I think it would be absolutely foolish to call this. After all, it's hard to imagine someone bluffing into a preflop raiser and reraiser with that board. Good fold. **What do we think of the flop check here? Should he have led with a continuation bet? He may be able to represent an overpair. I think we have to check the flop. JJ, QQ and KK are not folding. Anyone stupid enough to call preflop with AQ is not folding. The chances that both of your opponents have a foldable hand (basically AK and an underpair) is slim.
7. MP1 ($187) MP2 ($305.72) MP3 ($226.25) CO ($184) Hero ($197) SB ($176.60) BB ($155.90) UTG ($30) UTG+1 ($160.70) UTG+2 ($244.70) Preflop: Hero is Button with Ad, Ac. SB posts a blind of $1. 7 folds, Hero raises to $7, SB (poster) calls $6, 1 fold. Flop: ($16) 2c, 5h, 8d (2 players) SB bets $11, Hero calls $11. Turn: ($38) 9d (2 players) SB bets $27, Hero calls $27. River: ($92) Jd (2 players) SB checks, Hero bets $40, SB check-raises all in for $90 more. Why not raise the flop or turn? The board is pretty safe on flop, figured I was way ahead or way behind and wanted to keep him fighting my "steal". 1) Do you bet the river. 2) Do you call the check-raise?
Flop is okay. The possible OESD might make this a raise, but calling is alright. River bet is okay, but you must fold to the checkraise.** check behind on the river. what kind of hand bets 2 streets then check calls the river? ** 8T? 87? TT? theres no way he lead the flop and turn with a J. **the only 3 hands that make sense are TT, QQ, or KK and I think you see a reraise from KK preflop. I think he has JJ. To me, it looks like he is trying to induce a bluff here. The first step to picking off a bluff is to name a hand which you can beat, which your opponent could logically hold given all of the action. You cannot hold any bluffing hands here because you called reasonable bets twice on a drawless flop. He must put you on a made hand. He is either checking because he cannot beat your made hand, or because he wants you to bet your made hand. A bet from you is inappropriate in both cases.
8.{{Icon: Slightly LP preflop, but Agg postflop. Hands: 55 VP$IP: 25 PFR: 4 W$SD: 100 Agg-Factor: 3.3}} He took a while before calling my flop bet. BB ($103.75) UTG ($103.10) MP1 ($48.50) MP2 ($50) CO ($30.35) Hero ($56.25) SB ($151.85) Preflop: Hero is Button with 9d, 9c. MP2 posts a blind of $0.50. 2 folds, MP2 (poster) checks, 1 fold, Hero raises to $2.5, 2 folds, MP2 calls $2. Flop: ($5.75) Jh, 8c, 7c (2 players) MP2 checks, Hero bets $3.5, MP2 calls $3.50. Turn: ($12.75) Kh(2 players) MP2 checks, Hero checks. River: ($12.75) Ac (2 players) MP2 checks, Hero bets $8
I play it the same, except I bet maybe $10 on the river. Most opponents will have a J or worse and lay down.** It's a draw heavy board. The draws missed, a scare card came, he checked, long hesitation.. take a pick?**I still don't follow. The way I see it, he calls with better hands, he folds worse hands. It's good if he has a draw, but checking behind you are only giving up about 1/5 times when the draw hits on the river.**I guess if you know he doesn't have you beat it's a good bet, but from the info I have I'd wouldn't be certain enough.**I just don't believe he happened to hit the K and I don't mind taking it down right there. also I want to keep my play consistent with times that I have say 56 there but want to represent the K and also keep it consistent with the times that I do have AK.
9.No reads, haven't been paying attention to this table much. I limp behind 2 limpers in CO with Ah 2h , button folds, 5 to flop w/ me acting last. Flop: Ad 3h 7h (22$) BB bets 10$, 1 limper calls, I make it 45$, both call quickly. Turn: 9s (157$) Check to me, check or bet (amount?)
BB has 220$ left, limper has 300$ left, I cover both. Check unless they will both fold TP with a better kicker. You raised (correctly) for the free card. Take it! raise is fine. you are favorite against A, better kicker and there is some chance of you winning the pot right there.** Why did you raise the flop?** I usually do this for a free turn card.** Bad reason. This is a limit strategy, as you can't get reraised off of your hand if you reopen the betting.**if they reraise, you push. there are very few hands that can 3 bet this flop. the problem is the few hands that do 3 bet this flop are probably sets and aces up and your 2 is not that good as an out. but after the 3 bet you might very well be priced in for your flush draw.had stack sizes been different or if you knew villain is known underbetter with monsters, raising the flop might not be optimal line.
10. I claimed that in a deep stack no limit game, it is standard for me to limp a hand as big as QQ under the gun. Before I divulge into reasons, I just want to hear some thoughts here. Can this be right? Or is it always wrong? etc.
limping QQ utg in full ring is fine. often times if you are equal or not as good as the people behind you postflop, its not such a bad idea.** having a raised pot thats called say 5 way, where you have to almost autobet any flop where you have an overpair sucks. **Theres nothing crazy or controversial about limping QQ. The main reason is position and pot control. If you're playing OOP against tough opponents with deep stacks you don't really want to play a big pot with just one pair. So you can limp QQ and then try to play a small pot if you flop an overpair or a big one if you flop a set. Seems reasonable to me. I'm not saying I wouldn't raise it, because of course I would, but I am saying that I may also limp it. No reason not to. I don't think you give up a lot by not raising it preflop and if you gain something postflop it is almost certainly worth it. **Here's a thought experiment for you guys: what if your lineup is a bunch of nasty fuckers. If you limp UTG, then everyone else behind you will either limp if they have good implied odds hands, raise if they think they can isolate, or fold if they have real trash and not much chance of isolating. If you raise, they will call with good implied odds hands, raise monsters, but will also raise some total trash or SCs or small PPs or whatever if they think they can isolate you. Everyone has 400bb. Think about different courses of action. I think limping QQ UTG can be pretty sweet here.
11. AKo in NL?
the real problem with limping AK is that junk 2 pairs have perfect disguise against you. you have no idea whether they have ace weak kicker or 2 pair.** limping AK - then folding UI only gives you one way of winning the pot - making the best hand. raising AK PF gives you several ways of winning the pot regardless of what cards fall.
12. Villain in this hand is 66/15/1.8 over 100 hands. My only note on him says he'll defend his blind by calling down all the way w/ anything. Hero ($145.85) Button ($495.37) SB ($110.95) BB ($93.85) UTG ($134.55) MP ($86.75) Preflop: Hero is CO with Ad, Ac. SB posts a blind of $0.50. 2 folds, Hero raises to $4, Button calls $4, 2 folds. Flop: ($9.50) Th, Qd, 8c (2 players) Hero bets $9, Button calls $9. Turn: ($27.50) 9c (2 players) Hero checks, Button bets $30, Hero folds. Final Pot: $57.50
bet again on the turn, fold to a raise. check/fold the river unimproved.**checking the turn is just giving the pot away to him...**Villain actually showed 44, so yes I really [censored] this one up. So I should have bet again on the turn, but would a half pot bet be enough? Or do I have to fire for 3/4 to full pot there? **opponent dependent. 1/2 pot is usually enough to prevent a bluff but good hand readers will come over the top anyways.**this sort of bet is kind of interesting because you aren't trying to convince him you have the straight as its highly unlikely based on your likely pfr range but rather you are trying to tell him you are married to your TPTK/overpair and he doesn't have fold equity.**
13. previous hand, opposing arguments
despite what others say (like "betting to protect vs being blown out of the best hand!") this was well played. you played it fine, villain played it a little better. If you want to bet the turn - you still will lose a good amout... If called, you could still be beating KQ/AQ/underpair putting you on AK, but think of hand ranges... The turn hit alot of hands he could have (pair + draw) and you're not beating much. If villain will fire with any 2 you can check/call and block (if he'd bet 1pair and pay off) but mostly it's spewage. Plus if yu bet saying you'll fold to a raise, villain doesnt have to raise a straight here, so then yu lose more when your river block gets raised (or check/calling a bet, which is pretty bad too) Anyway, good fold, he just HAPPENED to have air here. Keep in mind though on this board... 3 queens, 4 jacks, 4 nines, = 11 bad cards. you bet the pot. He doesnt win this pot unless one of those scare cards (or his 2 actual set outs appear) so you charged him 2:1 to draw at a ~13:32 where if he wants to outplay you (when a blank/ten/eight) you win more money on those cards. (of if he calls a turn bet on a blank for 2 outs..) Villain paid for a scare card (didn't have odds for it) and utilized position to win the hand. Dont sweat it.
14. Villian is 25/10 after 50-ish hands. I haven't noticed him post-flop. Heros image is TAG as usual. Don't think I have shown down a hand yet. Effective stacks $200. Party NL200 Full ring. Pre-flop -Folded to hero in hijack who makes it $8 w/ 7s 6s , Villian calls on the button. Flop ($18) 4d 4c 5d (2 Players) Hero bets $16, villian calls. Turn ($47) 8s (2 players) Hero bets $42, villian min.raises, Hero....?
I'm counting 17 cards that will make you sick to your stomach on the river - 2 4's, 3 5's, 9d 's, and 3 8's. So contrary to what everyone is saying, I 3-bet the turn and am satisfied to take it down on the spot... and since any re-raise will leave you with practically nothing behind, 3-bet all-in. I don't think Villain is folding trips/higher overpairs here, and something like Ad Kd might come along for the ride as well.**And no, I'm not folding here. If he's got a boat, reload and try again.** call, and block river...he's only raising a river bet with a full house, but he'll call with a naked 4.**Not possible. If I call, I have $92 left and pot will be $200+. Decision time is now.
15. Played passively on the turn and river. Villain is 20/5/8 over 80 hands. UTG ($22.30) UTG+1 ($52.05) UTG+2 ($113.50) MP1 ($141.80) MP2 ($46.30) MP3 ($84) Hero ($102.50) Button ($207.95) SB ($163.25) BB ($98.65) Preflop: Hero is CO with 9c, 9s. SB posts a blind of $0.50. 3 folds, MP1 calls $1, MP2 raises to $2, 1 fold, Hero calls $2, Button calls $2, 1 fold, BB calls $1, MP1 calls $1. Flop: ($10.50) Td, Jh, 9d (5 players) BB checks, MP1 checks, MP2 bets $4, Hero raises to $22, Button folds, BB folds, MP1 folds, MP2 calls $18. Turn: ($54.50) 3d (2 players) MP2 checks, Hero checks. River: ($54.50) 6h (2 players) MP2 bets $5, Hero calls $5.
Did his stats alone make you sure there was no value bet on the turn? I know you are the turn checker and all but i think you miss value checking the turn here against the avg. tight passive player in this game who plays squeeky tight preflop and then can't lay down top pair.** if you are value betting the turn then you have to also value bet the river after he calls. I just don't find it that often that I get TPTK to call value bets on two streets when the flush completes.**if you are going to check behind on the river after betting the turn, then checking the turn is the superior move. **The problem with the turn blocker is that if villain does anything other than check, you lose more at the end of the hand when you are behind.**say I bet the turn for 1/2 pot, and he calls. by just betting 1/2 pot, youve doubled pot size so that even a 1/3 pot size bet on the river will be 2/3 pot on the turn so really you've dropped 1/2 pot + 2/3 pot when you are behind compared to just a pot sized bet on the river if you check behind. In other words, the amount I save by blocking is not worth what I give up in getting a free redraw or inducing a bluff.**if I check behind on the turn, I'm calling everything up to pot and maybe a bit over. the only time turn blocker makes sense is if you are facing somebody who'll push the river on you with a gross overbet if you check.the other downside of the turn check is that you do give something like QJ or any diamond a chance to beat you for free but usually I don't mind losing a small pot for a chance at winning a big one.
16. Only been at table an orbit or two. Villain hasn't done anything too extreme, but he has raised maybe three times in the first two orbits, once to 6bb from the BN against one limper so perhaps he is aggressive, but perhaps not, obviously too early to really tell. What do I do on this turn? What's my plan for a club river, assuming I get to the river? What's my plan for a diamond river? What's my plan for a T river? UTG ($650) TWP ($426) CO ($0) Button ($420) SB ($850) BB ($700) Preflop: TWP is MP with 8c, 8s. SB posts a blind of $2. TWP raises to $15, Button calls $15, 2 folds. Flop: ($36) 9c, Jd, Qc (4 players) TWP bets $35, Button calls $35. Turn: ($106) 8c (4 players)
The opponent is unknown enough for me to not give him credit for being overly aggro, and I bet for value. I can see how this might not be good, however, becasue it creates a pretty big pot when the opponent probably has 9-12 outs to beat you. It could be my limit tendancies sneaking out that make me want to bet now. I really hate the odea of betting now and having to check-fold the river. I'm thinking that I can see the logic behind check-calling the turn and check-calling a river brick (I'd consider a to be a brick), or check-folding a river club or ten. I really doubt we're splitting when a ten falls. What hand is the opponent here with that doesn't involve a king?***
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Edit: Why do we want to block a river that we weren't planning to check-call on? I don't get that. So, let me get this straight. - If we have a marginal hand and the opponent might bluff if we check, then we should block-fold instead of check-folding or check-calling.*** Unfortunately, it really depends. If you have a villain who you know will never bluff then you can just check/fold. If you have a villain who you know will never call with a worse hand but always value bets small then you can check/call. Etc. It really just depends. I wasn't giving you a rule for WHEN you should throw a blocking bet, I was just explaining the rationale behind it when you DO throw a blocking bet.*** Quote: And a blocking bet should look just like a nut hand value bet, whatever size that may be.? **Pretty much. Only problem is when stacks aren't deep enough to get away when you make your blocking bet because you're getting such great odds on the last little bit of your stack. So in these situations, blocking bets are usually not appropriate. Unless you think villain might read a really small bet as being strong in which case you can make a really small blocking bet. Often, for instance, a min-bet will confused opponents on the river in a big pot and with a marginal hand they will just want to get to showdown instead of raising into what is potentially the nuts trying to induce a raise.
17. Reads: UTG is 29/3 1.75 aggro 31/40 went/won showdown after about 28 hands. CO sat down recently. I put CO on a flush draw, though I guess some sort of gutshot or open ender is also possible, after his flop c/c. Not very sure what CO could be betting. I did get the feeling I was ahead on this flop a good bit of time. Hero (100) BB (125) UTG (20) MP (15) CO (45) Button (50) Preflop: Hero is SB with 9c, 9h. Hero posts a blind of $0.25. UTG calls $0.50, 1 fold, CO calls $0.50, Button calls $0.50, Hero (poster) completes, BB checks. Flop: ($2.50) 7c, 4h, 2c (5 players) Hero checks, BB checks, UTG bets $2.4, CO calls $2.40, Button folds, Hero calls $2.40, BB folds. Turn: ($9.70) Th (3 players) Hero ???
My thoughts on turn are as follows. CO is a draw. Now UTG has me concerned. He could easily have two pair, or just as easily have tp on the flop. If I decided to go for a c/r I would have to commit like 20-25 on this turn with no idea where I was. If I led, CO would call, UTG would prob call (or raise, in which case I fold), but if UTG calls, I would still have no idea how to deal with the river, since a whole lot of scare cards can fall.Comments on flop play and turn play (along with your reasoning) would be greatly appreciated). ** I raise this to at least $3 preflop so I don't know here.**as played, I bet the turn for $6, fold to any more action on the turn, check call or check fold the river if called.** fold to a raise on the turn. **I don't think you mind having your action killed on the river. its a sticky spot.***nothing wrong with check fold the turn.***I didnt bet the flop cuz i didnt want to bloat the pot oop with a vulnerable and marginal hand. I decided to c/c and lead turn, but I wasnt so sure once I saw the action. If i lead turn here, am I assume I am folding to a raise? If both villains smoothcall, there are a ton of cards that dont come on the river that either kill my action, or kill me.**Check/call in NL is usually not the best way to control the pot size. If you lead out and get 1 caller, the pot is smaller on the turn, and YOU decide how big the pot will be by your flop bet size.
18. villain is 29/9/4 over 200 hands and seems one of the more solid players ive encountered at 100nl 6 max. i really hate calling down like this but dont see any other way to play it that i particularly like. Hero ($280) MP ($100) CO ($160) Button ($50) SB ($125) BB ($55) Preflop: Hero is UTG with Qs, Qh. SB posts a blind of $0.50. Hero raises to $4, 3 folds, SB (poster) calls $3.50, BB calls $3. Flop: ($12) Th, Jh, 8c (3 players) SB bets $10, BB folds, Hero calls $10. Turn: ($32) Ts (2 players) SB bets $20, Hero calls $20. River: ($72) 8d (2 players) SB bets $30, Hero calls $30. Final Pot: $132 anyone raise flop? as played anyone fold turn or river? if villain pushes river does anyone call? i had decided on turn that i wasnt folding to a blank river
How to play this hand depends entirely on whether he's more likely to have AJ here than 67h .you would fold getting 4/1? i would like this line if his stack was deeper an i could fold to a turn push. as to his actual stack size i think the consesus saying raise the flop are probably right.**If you raise the flop he folds hands that are way behind and continues with hands that either beat you or have outs against you. The pot will be huge and you will have no idea what cards you want to see on the turn and river. If a heart comes will you push the turn? What about a queen? If you check the turn, do you call him on the river? You have no idea which cards make his hand. Or maybe he had you on the flop... you don't know. And it will likely cost you your stack to find the answer.**If you raise the turn and he pushes then you can fold. He certainly has you beaten and your gutshot may not even be clean. So you give up a two outer if you're behind, but you force him off of a five-outer if you're ahead or you charge him more to draw at some sort of straight/flush combo draw. If you're usually ahead in this spot then it seems you get the best end of the deal. Although this is not factoring in the times that he may bet again on the river with the worst hand.
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But do you really want to call a big bet on the end? It's actually bad for you if he'll bet these hands again, because that would make his bluffing percentage fairly close to optimal according to game theory (the majority of hands firing the third barrel can beat an overpair). That is not a profitable situation for you.** My line may work better if he were deeper, but after he bets the turn he still has $90 left... I'm assuming he is not going to shove that in the pot just for the hell of it? Getting 4:1 to call may sound good, but how often do you expect to win if he puses there? His stats look a lot like mine and if I pushed there I'd have the best hand more than 90% of the time and a straight flush draw the rest of the time. Now if your read on him says he is likely to push with a worse hand and you cannot fold to him, then sure, just call him down... but from your description of him I've assumed that if all his money goes in the pot on the turn, he can beat a pair.
19. Villain in this hand is a LAG preflop: 33/17.36 PFR but 1.36 postflop aggression. He's been raising my big blind every single time it's folded around to him in the SB. He's also been open raising from the cutoff a lot, and I've been reraising anything decent from the button, and I think he's getting tired of it. SB ($150) BB ($50) UTG ($190) MP ($100) CO ($270) Hero ($225) Preflop: Hero is Button with Qs, Qc. 2 folds, CO raises to $4.00, Hero raises to $20.00, 2 folds, CO raises to $66.00, Hero calls $50.00. Flop: ($141.50) 9h, 9c, Ts (2 players) CO pushes all in for $110 more, Hero...?
call. once you called that preflop 3 bet, you pretty much can't fold here. Why didnt you fold/push instead of calling his reraise preflop? **I really dislike getting all in preflop with QQ, I would much rather call and play poker on the flop. The problem is that it really allows him to play perfectly against me... he calls with AA/KK and folds everything else. That said, given that I have no idea what his preflop reraising standards are, maybe a fold here has something to say for it.***the problem with the call the flop 3 bet line is that lets say flop comes Kxx or Axx, and he pushes JJ or TT?** I think if you know he'll push AK in to all under flop, calling the 3 bet is ok but otherwise I like pushing.**btw, I think you should give serious considerations to laying down to the preflop 3 bet if you haven't seen it before.**Reraising to $12 is my default. It is roughly pot-sized. **When a guy puts 66 bets in preflop for the first time, QQ does not look good. Obviously anything is possible, but how wide does his hand range need to be just for you to break even against it? Something like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, AK... in order for you to actually show a profit against his range of hands, you need to add in 99, AQ, and worse... and you actually need him to get his entire stack in with those hands. I don't see that happening based upon your description.
20. This hand is from a while ago, MP1 is 24/1.5 over 75 hands and Button is 36/5 after 36. Check raise on the flop, any good? What to do after the min-raise? CO ($55) Button ($40) SB ($60) Hero ($55) UTG ($35) UTG+1 ($45) UTG+2 ($40) MP1 ($100) MP2 ($50) MP3 ($60) Preflop: Hero is BB with Jd, Kd. SB posts a blind of $0.25. 1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.50, 1 fold, MP1 calls $0.50, 3 folds, Button raises to $1, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.50, UTG+1 calls $0.50, MP1 calls $0.50. Flop: ($4.25) Kh, Js, 2h (4 players) Hero checks, UTG+1 checks, MP1 checks, Button bets $2, Hero raises to $8, UTG+1 folds, MP1 raises to $16
Bet the flop. If you won't push this flop then why did you bother to call in the first place? Better move is to bet out pot to isolate TPTK. You do not want drawing hands sticking around on the cheap.
relevent stack $145 Preflop: Hero is Button with As, Ks. 2 folds, Hero raises to $7, SB calls $6, 1 fold. Flop: ($16) Ac, Jd, Ah (2 players) SB checks, Hero checks. Turn: ($16) 5d (2 players) SB checks, Hero bets $10, SB calls $10. River: ($36) Qd (2 players) SB checks, Hero checks. Final Pot: $36 okay, so this guy was a 42/6/6, and had a went-to-shodown-when-seen-flop (what's the acronym for that again?) 19% Had ~400 hands on him. So basically, I think he's too much of a TAG postflop to be check-calling the flop here
Playing your hand like this will likely have a significant impact on how he plays against you in the future. Sometimes it's worth it to bet hands even when you don't expect a call simply to protect your ability to pick up similar pots without the goods. (Although that's not an excuse to make -EV bets... but it helps sway me on the close decisions.)** This guy is pretty loose preflop. He could certainly have a variety of suited aces, or maybe even trashy offsuit aces. He will almost certainly call the river with them. He might even call with less -- some people read far too much into flop checks. Considering his aggression factor, I would expect for him to have made noise already if he had you beat. So I definitely can find value in betting the river, though you must weigh that against how much it would suck to get checkraised. **I think you give up a ton of value here. Bet the flop. He'll call with a J most likely. The problem with playing it like you did is that while you do get paid off if villain has a lesser suited ace (although with his low showdown seen, I don't think you'll stack him, could be wrong though). OTOH, if villain does hit his free gutshot or something, you might end up playing a big pot with the ass end of things.**I can understand the flop check if you think this guy will play back at you, but tbh this is just not a board conducive to that. Likewise if you think a flop check will induce him to call two big bets later, but again this is a board on which that sort of play will just look like a slowplay. **If you don't want to just come out firing, bet $10 on the flop and check the turn, then bet the river. This looks like a bluff and will almost never get a fold if villain liked his hand on the flop.
4. previous hand. How much to raise?
You can get cute with an enticer raise in the hopes UTG goes all in and you can isolate, or even better MP goes all in with a hand you have dominated. However, if UTG doesn't oblige you hate it. Without making ridiculously complicated assumptions about MP and button's hand ranges and play, you cannot determine how often they'd have to collectively not reraise your miniraise for you to hate miniraising. You can, however, define a heuristic upper bound. My guesstimate is with reasonable assumptions, if they fail to let you stack off preflop 25% of the time, you are better off raising big.**Assume now you decide to raise more. How much do you raise? All in is fine. In the actual hand, I took a hybrid strategy because MP seemed to be playing above his head without control, and ready to spazz chips. I raised $245, enough to get button committed but small enough to entice MP to push to reisolate. I felt betting quickly would have a better enticer effect. No time to think: just slide and click. In retrospect I probably should have raised more, but it depends on how accurate my spazz read was. It turned out it did not matter, as UTG called and MP and button folded. My QQ held up against UTG's JJ. **General case: When you have a big made hand that you are committed to playing and the pot gets big relative to the smaller remaining stack, the default is to get the money in immediately. I don't call it a theorem because there are many exceptions. When it happens, just ask yourself if you have a compelling reason NOT to raise big. Here the answer is no.