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1st series of Questions to answer every time I act
How are my opponents playing? Conservatively/ Aggressively/ Tentatively? What are the hands my opponents are likely to hold? What do my opponents think I have? Am I in good or bad position?
2nd series of Questions to answer every time I act.
Do I have the best hand? Do I think I can force weak opponents out of the pot with this bet or with future bets? Do I have a good draw and I think there is a good chance my opponents will fold? Yes answers almost always mean betting/raising.
3rd Set of Questions to answer if Im not going to bet/raise.
Do I have the worst hand? Are my opponents strong? Am I on a draw but not getting a good price? Yes answers to these questions usually mean checking or folding. If I don’t think I should raise/bet or check/fold, then I can check/call.
Common mistakes opponents make.
1)Doesn’t bluff enough—when they bet/raise, give them credit for a good hand. 2)Overvalues top pair—overbet the pot and put them in a position to make a mistake. Play more small pocket pairs vs them. 3)Underbets the pot.—just call with draws. 4)Calls to much—don’t bluff but value bet a lot.
What to look for in opponents
1)betting patterns 2)put them on hands 3)Watch the hands they showdown, remember what they did through hand. 4)Figure out what state of mind they are in. 5)Think about what motivates them.
Ac-Kd vs Ah-Qs
74%
Ac-Kd vs 7h-2s
67%
Ac-Kd vs Qc-Jd
65%
My opponent raises preflop, I’ve got a very strong hand. Do I re-raise or just call considering position.
If I am in of position, I am more likely to call. If I am out of position, I am more likely to reraise and try to take the pot away, negating my positional disadvantage.
My opponent raises preflop, I’ve got a very strong hand. Do I re-raise or just call considering how good my opponent is
If my opponent plays predictable poker, be more likely to call. Vs a better player, be more apt to raise and try to take the pot away. It is easier to make decisions preflop vs a tricky opponent.
My opponent raises preflop, I’ve got a very strong hand. Do I re-raise or just call considering how strong their hand is.
If I think he is on A-K, or a big pair (KK, QQ, JJ) and I have AA, I always reraise. People cant wait to reraise allin. If they have a big hand and overcards hit the flop I wont get paid off unless they flop a set.
My opponent raises preflop, I’ve got a very strong hand. Do I re-raise or just call considering how they like to play.
Vs LAG who usually bets after the flop, smooth call in position and try to trap him. If he overplays top pair, call and hope he catches top pair to my overpair. If I have A-K and he is the type to make the third raise with JJ or a worse pair, I often just call preflop. If I think he will go broke with AQ or AJ I reraise.
My opponent raises preflop, I’ve got a very strong hand. Do I re-raise or just call considering how strong my hand is.
with KK or QQ I almost always reraise. An ace will hit the flop 17% of the time when I have KK and an ace or a king will hit the flop 35% of the time that I have QQ.
My opponent raises preflop, I’ve got a very strong hand. Do I re-raise or just call considering how many chips I have.
If I have fewer chips, I reraise more often than if I have more chips. I want him to feel as though he can push me off my hand and not fear going broke. When I reraise, I usually reraise about 3-4x my opponents bet. I reraise more from the blinds to take down the pot quickly out of position.
Under what circumstances is it never wrong to move all-in pf?
1) I have the best hand and I think my opponent will call. 2)I have the worst hand and I think he will fold and the pot is big enough to steal. 3)I have the worst hand, but even if he calls I will be getting the right odds. 4)I may have the worst hand, but against an all-in bet, my opponent may fold. I have folding equity and equity from the chips in the pot. 5)Im getting the right pot odds no matter what he holds. 6)I have the best hand, and he has the right pot odds to call any bet I make, but an all-in bet might scare him into folding.
Pot commited
when a player enters a pot before the flop and has more than half of his chips in action.
Flop thinking
what are my opponents likely to hold? What mistakes can I force them to make?- folding a better hand, calling a big bet with a worse hand, failing to bet/raise when I have the worst hand or draw.
Paired flops
lead out 1/3 to ½ the pot.
Heads up postflop- I raised pf and someone called me with position.
continuation bet 65% of the time. 35% of the time I flop a pair or better. 10-15% of the time I flop some kind of draw. 10-20% of the time I missed the flop entirely. (1/2 pot bet)
Heads up postflop- I raised pf and I get called by someone with worse position.
If he checks to me, I bet 85% of the time. A little less against someone who likes to check-raise maybe 65%.(1/2 pot bet)
Heads up postflop-someone else raises pf. I call with position.
If he checks to me, he is weak or he is trying to trap me. Bet 50% of the time. Rarely bet an oesd, take a free card. Bet flush draws(hard to get paid off) and gutshots(hard to catch). (1/2 pot bet)
Heads up postflop- someone else raises pf. I call in worse position.
I am usually playing hands that will hit the flop hard (small to medium pocket pairs, suited connectors.) If I hit the flop hard, I bet out and hope to get raised. (1/2 pot bet)
Heads up postflop-Someone limps pf. Sb folds. I check BB.
Bet 65% of the time, hand or not. Check-raise 10-15% of the time. (75% of the time I have a hand.) Be more likely to bet a flop of high or low cards.
Guidelines vs multiple opponents
1)rarely bluff, if its checked around to me, then check it. 2)almost always bet the best hand. 3)bets should narrow the field If I don’t win it right away.4)If middle-action opponents are short-stacked, be more likely to check-raise. 5)If late position opponents are short-stacked, almost never check-raise or check-call.
I have 6-6 in bb and get a free look after two middle opponents limp. Flop comes Kd-Qh-6d. first player after me is short-stacked.
If I bet right out and my short-stacked opponent has a good hand, he’ll call. But then the last player will have odds to call as well, I cant put pressure on him. If I check, short stack might bet all-in and it will put the last player in a tough position. If he calls, you can check-raise and get a ton of dead money.
I flop a good draw to a straight or flush. I check, opponent make a pot sized bet.
I am getting 2-1 on a call but Im 4-1 to make my draw on the turn. I have to fold. I could have made a defensive bet.
Defensive bets
when you flop a good draw. Best made vs player who are hesitant to raise, prone to slowplay, aggressive players who will bet big if I check. Then if they pick up on it and start raising, I will bet a strong hand in this manner.
Hands to go to war on the flop
especially against a player you think only has a pair. Straight flush draw, flush draw+overcard, two overcards+straight and flush back doors, flush draw with one pair different from my opponent’s. If I play these draws very aggressively, they will have to call big bets from my made hands.
Board texture vs bet size-how strong am I vs my opponent’s range.
If I have a very strong hand vs their range, bet closer to 1/3 of the pot since you want them to call. If I have a moderate size hand vs their range, bet 2/3 pot since you want them to fold some hands that are better than mine. If I have a weak hand with respect to their range, bet the pot.
Board texture vs bet size-how likely is my hand to improve.
Unlikely to improve-bet more than 2/3 of the pot. Somewhat likely to improve-bet 2/3 of pot. Very likely to improve, bet ½ the pot.
Board texture vs bet size- how likely is he to have a pair or better?
If he is unlikely to have top pair or better-bet 1/3 of the pot. If he is likely to have flopped a pair, and I think Im ahead, I bet 2/3 of the pot. If he is likely to have two pair or better, and I think Im ahead, I bet the pot.
Board texture vs bet size- how likely is he to have a good draw?
If he is likely to have a draw and I have the best hand- bet the pot. If he has a draw and I don’t think Im ahead, don’t bet.
I flop top two pair
I want to get my money in, there is only a small chance has bottom set and an even smaller chance they flopped top or middle pair. If they play back at me, almost never throw it away vs a bad player, but be wary and attentive vs a good player.
I flop bottom two pair
Play aggressive on the flop. Top pair has only 5 outs.
I flop top and bottom pair.
Top pair or overpair has 6 outs. Most vulnerable here.
I flop a set-oop
look at the board and determine if he is likely to have flopped top pair or an overpair. If yes, almost always bet because you want to be raised. If no, I will check, hoping to induce a bluff or hoping that they’ll check and improve a little on the turn.
I flop a set in position-
If they check me, I have to decide if they really are weak or going for a check-raise. If I think they are weak, ill almost always check and hope they catch up a little on the turn card. If I think they have a good hand and are going to check-raise, I make a pot sized bet. If the flop has straight or flush possibilities I usually make a bet of ¾ pot size. If my opponent bets into me, I can call and trap on the turn or simply raise now. If he overplays top pair, I raise. If the board is Q high or lower, I always raise, since an A or K will kill my action. Also if board is coordinated, or an ace is there.
I flopped high trips
If I’ve flopped high trips and I put my opponent on an overpair to the board, I will nearly always bet or raise. I want him to reraise. If I put him on a middle pair, I’ll often slowplay or go for a check-raise.
I flopped low trips
If I put him on an overpair to the board or paired with the high card on the board, I nearly always bet or raise. I want him to reraise. If I think he flopped middle pair, I’ll slowplay or go for a check-raise.
In general, if I flop trips
If he expects me to slowplay them, bet or raise. If he expects me to bet or raise, I will slowplay.
Flopped straight, smart end, zero or one gap
bet the flop, ½ if unsuited, 2/3 if two suited, pot if 3 suited. I want action, and the turn can only scare my opponent.
Flopped straight, dumb end, zero or one gap.
Play hyperaggressive to protect my hand. Bet at least the pot. Watch out playing 98 and the flop comes Q-J-T vs AK.
Flopped straight, two gaps.
If the board is suited, bet 2/3 of pot, otherwise bet half.
Flopped flush
slowplay the nut flush. If you think he has top pair or overpair, bet the pot. If not, check or make a weak-looking bet, maybe a third of the pot, hoping he catches a piece on the turn. If I don’t have the nut flush, bet about ½ the pot and hope he calls with the nut draw. If he reraises me with the nut draw I usually reraise.
Flopping a good draw-if I was first to enter the pot
always bet or raise to keep the lead and keep them guessing.
Flopping a good draw-if I have outs other than a flush
play very aggro
Flopping a good draw-If I am out of position
be more likely to check/call if he habitually underbets the pot.
Flopping a good draw-I am in position
be more likely to check and take a free look at turn if he check-raises a lot.
Flopping a good draw-nut flush draw
be more inclined to slowplay.
Flopping a good draw-if I am pot commited
try to be the player making the last move. I want to raise or bet all-in, not call all-in.
Flopping a good draw-I have a straight draw and the board has two or three cards of the same suit.
be more inclined to bet/raise
Flopping a good draw-my opponent is short-stacked
be more inclined to bet
Flopping a good draw-the board is paired.
be more likely to bet my draw. Usually 1/3 of the pot since its less likely they have a good hand and they’ll be afraid of trips.
I have a good hand, raise pf. A good player calls me, and I’m OOP. I bet the pot after the flop, not giving draws sufficient odds to call. A good player calls anyway.
One of the scariest spots. Very often slowplaying a monster.
Turn general
Almost never give a free card if your ahead. Bet a reasonable amount relative to the pot. Don’t check-raise. Bet if checked to and you think your ahead.
I improved on the turn-I played aggro on the flop
play slower.
I improved on the turn-I played passively on the flop
play aggressively.
I improved on the turn-he bets into me
raise.
I improved on the turn-I have the best hand
think, how can I get him to make the biggest mistake possible?
I improved on the turn-I get two pair.
play very aggro, I wont improve, but he can. Try to win immediately if more than one opponent.
I improved on the turn-I made the nut flush, board isn’t paired
bet ½ pot.
I improved on the turn-I made a non-nut flush
bet ½ pot.
I improved on the turn-I made a full house
bet 1/3 to give flush and straight draws odds to call.
When a scare card hits, general.
If I was in the lead, I usually check behind or check/call. If he was in the lead, or displays any weakness on the flop, go after the pot and make a bet. If they might think the card helped me, I will confirm their suspicions.
Calling with a draw on the turn-things to give me more implied odds
he is in the habit of calling big river bets, he is strong but my draw is stronger, our stacks are deep, my hand is deceptive
Calling with a draw on the turn-things to give me fewer implied odds.
my draw has been telegraphed, he is an expert.
Semibluffing the turn-general
it works best if the showed weakness on the flop or turn.
Semibluffing the turn-factors that lead me to make one
turn gave me more outs, he showed weakness, it could have given me a better hand than his, he isn’t pot commited, I can put him to a critical decision, I have been showing down good hands, he isn’t in the habit of calling without pot odds.
River-When someone who has been playing a hand very weak suddenly comes to life on the river and makes a big bet
smell a bluff
River-When someone who has been playing a hand very aggro, suddenly gets timid after the river
sense a trap
River-When someone has played both aggro and tentatively
sense insecurity, maybe a medium strength hand.
River-If a good player bets after a river card that couldn’t have helped his hand
put him on a bluff, good players don’t bet medium hands on the river.
River-medium strength hands oop
DON’T BET THEM
In position on the river
if he checks to me and I am medium strength, dig deep. If he has shown weakness during the hand, often bluff on the river with a hand that cannot win without a bet. If I am medium strength and don’t have a good read, check behind. Be more likely to bet if the river card helped my hand or is a scare card for my opponent.
Bet or check-raise the river?-was it scary for him
bet out
Bet or check-raise the river?-was he on a draw that missed
check-raise
Bet or check-raise the river?-aggro?
if yes check-raise more.
Bet or check-raise the river?-can he afford to make a bet on the river if I check?
if no, then bet. If he has a lot of chips and might want a better pot, check-raise.
Bet or check-raise the river?-will he call a check-raise?
If no, just bet.
Bet or check-raise the river?-have I check-raised yet on this hand?
If yes, then bet.
When is open-limping preferable to raising pf?
1)Im going for a limp-reraise. 2)The blind players are weak-post flop. 3)Limping will help deceive my opponents.
Heads up postflop- sb limps, I check from bb.
If they check bet 75%-80% of the time. If they bet, I will raise often even without a good hand.
If I have an ace with a low kicker and flop high trips,
I always bet if checked to. I want to get raised if they have me beat so I can see where I am. I will go for a check-raise if oop. If they quickly reraise, I want to find out quick if im behind.
I improved on the turn-I made a straight.
Almost always bet and try to take the pot if there is a flush draw vs me. 2/3 of the pot or so. If there are no flush draws, it can be very deceptive, so maybe go for the check-raise.