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Two tough hands early stages
Also wanted to say that flatting pre is fine. I typically dont 3b alot preante, so if you don't either, then perhaps flatting is best. If you are only 3betting your super premiums at this juncture, then it really does tell alot about your holding. Of course there isn't anything really fundamentally wrong with 3betting here, but I'd only be doing so (against an unknown) if I thought I had the best of it and was prepared to get all my chips in the middle. Since you weren't then, perhaps flatting is the best option.
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TheVillageGrinder
Oct 1st, 2014
Two tough hands early stages
Meh first hand I kinda think we have to call here cause there are about a bizzilion busted draws he can have. and you're a bit underrepped, so its very possible that he's firing the river cause that's the only way that he can win the hand. Not happy about it but I kinda think we have to call. 2nd hand: so you were raising pre jsut to try and iso and not go multiway to the flop' I mean once I've three balled pre and he 4b I prolly just jam for better or worse. As played idk its such a mess. I mean he shouldn't ever be folding on that turn when we jam and his range is prolly TT+, AK. I ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Oct 1st, 2014
Facing donk and second barrel from nit TPGK
Yeah i read this earlier and didn't reply cause i was kind of two minds about the spot. I guess I feel pretty closely to the way Tyson does. I also feel knowing exactly what to do depends on a slightly deeper understanding of the villain. You characterize him as a rock but donk leading the flop and turn really don't fit that profile, ime. Leading out normally represents a rather polarized range, either they have a huge hand, want to try and get it all in by the river and don't wanna run the risk of you checking back. They realize if you've not hit any of the flop they likely won't make ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Oct 1st, 2014
tough spot with 10s on final table of nightly 5.50 3k
No because some of those hands play better aipf vs his 4bet shoving range. I'm not saying it isn't a difficult spot. But you have a table full of bad/mediocre players. Why would you pick a battle with the one person at the table that can ruin you' It isn't important that you double right now, in this spot. You have to separate your natural tendency to wanna go after this guy and show him who's balls are bigger and understand that you can continue to chip up vs the other players who (are all packed together in terms of chip count) and should be even less motivated to gamble. No reason ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 30th, 2014
tough spot with 10s on final table of nightly 5.50 3k
The next closest player has less than half your stack. In light of that, in addition to your skill advantage, you can't be getting it in for stacks here IMO. So I can't see 3betting. I know it sucks, and it feels kinda way too passive, and in game this is easier said that done but you are just going to have to be patient here and take a flop. If you can bust/chip down some of the other shorter stacks, then you'll find better spots to start playing back at him as the table starts getting shorter. Also since he's sizing his opens a bit bigger, and you OOP, you'd have to put in a pretty ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 30th, 2014
Bovada schedule for Monday Sept 29
won't allow me to reg until it goes in to late reg if this is system wide then there should be some good layovers
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 29th, 2014
Bovada schedule for Monday Sept 29
Is anyone else unable to reg for the late night events on Bovada' theyre in the lobby but listed as announced but not taking new registrants. Looks like some ppl have already regged tho
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 29th, 2014
FT AQ hand: ICM?
Why are we worried about the bb's 3b range if we are 3betting' If you simply meant 4b range and the shove range-i think those are pretty much the same. Maybe he flats with AA/KK (depending on teh size of the hero's 3b) but I think its fair to assume that if the hero 3b and the bb gets involved that the bb has it. And I don't get your point about cold min 4b/rr to induce the button to shove...why would the bb min 4balling induce a lighter shove from the button. It would have the opposite effect. Only reason for doing this is if he had reason to believe that the hero is doing this light ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 29th, 2014
Hero call mode and God bet mode on
Why check the A turn in the second hand when you have Q7ss' Even if he's holding a A he's prolly not gonna ck raise you. Also please lead that river in first hand under God mode when you have 9T for the made straight. He's gonna pay you off a lot there putting you on a busted flush draw.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 29th, 2014
FT AQ hand: ICM?
Donkeys may not understand ICM but they do understand if I call off all my chips I lose. I do understand the merit of Gag's suggestion of 3balling as opposed to jamming. And yeah, if we do make it ~700k and the bb cold 4balls we're done. I'd assume that if we 3ball we are folding to a cold 4bet from bb but calling a 4bet jam from the opener' I mean yeah we aren't thrilled when the opener jams but folding seems impossible at this point. As its conceivable that, even if he's tight, he's jamming AJ/KQ. A question we need to consider IMO is do we view the villain as stack size aware' ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 29th, 2014
Completely tilted by Bovada disconnections
yeah exactly this. Or they've also recently added buttons to the tables that opens their blackjack client or whatever the fuck it is-if you misclick and accidentally hit that button it seems to causes a crash too. the big problem isn't closing and reopening the client-its that if you are multitabling, you have to go to each mtt lobby and hit the seat me button before the table opens. I've also noticed that you can't really do too much the first couple mins the client is open or you'll risk another crash. For instance a couple times I just tried to move my seat to the preferred location ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 29th, 2014
TT final 2 tables facing 4-bet
Since he's probably not folding AQ (and perhaps not KQ/99) and certainly not AK pre, I think 3b/f isn't an option I think you kinda need to look at the big picture here. You have ~48bb which is a nice stack to start the ft with. While we always wanna be applying pressure and chipping up on the ft bubble we have to consider the entire spot and weight the pros and cons. I'm not sure gambling for a 75bb stack here is worth the risk of going into the ft with ~20bb. With a 48bb stack you can still be aggro and have enough chips to outplay a 5r ft. HOwever with 20bb you're going to be ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 25th, 2014
AJ tp facing turn over bet shove
idk its kind of a shitty spot but then again that will happen when you flat ep opens against good players with a hand like AJ. Maybe I'm a nit but I'm gonna fold before I flat here. Whether I 3b or not depends on how I view the villain and esp if I've had any notes on what sort of range he opens from EP. But even still I kinda think folding pre might be best, esp if we are gonna fold when he barrels flop and turn. And the problem with 3bing pre is that there are still a fair number of folks to act behind us and if we get cold 4b, its never good and we likely have to fold. It's also ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 25th, 2014
i loose at online cash win live cash mostly?
Yes online cash is going to be a lot tougher. I'm not sure if this post is about general comments about that or about this hand in particular. I don't play any online cash anymore at all, so I won't comment. I have played some live cash and I find it incredibly boring. One thing you need to understand about cash games, and perhaps poker in general, is that you cannot bluff ppl who refuse to be bluffed. You can only do one of two things: take them to value town every chance you get and/or try and trap them (if they are the type to run lots of bluffs). Regarding the former, against ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 25th, 2014
How do you play this one
Hey man I know you are just a beginner, or at least new to talking hands online...but it is impossible to give any meaningful advice to your post. We need to see the hand history in order to understand how much are blinds and antes, who's seated where, what the action was pre flop, how many chips are in the middle and the stack sizes of each villain and any other info you have pertinent to the hand.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 23rd, 2014
Fallout from 2010 Weight Loss Bet Between Ted Forrest and Mike Matusow
Yeah I doubt it. MM is obv wrong and after listening to how he explained the bet going down, I pretty much even have less respect for him than I did before. He booked the bet but then said I won't change my lifestyle blah blah blah. His lifestyle is his fucking problem. He wants to shoot his mouth and be himself and then doesn't wanna walk the walk. That's the sign of a complete tool. All that said, Forest saying he's gonna get a lawyer is laughable. He has no legal recourse, esp if there nothing official that states the terms of the wager. No judge is going to make a ruling based ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 22nd, 2014
Not Getting the Results You Want
Yeah I don't mean to be a downer. Everything that's been said here is correct. To rise to the top levels of the game would require a tremendous amount of work. No doubt. But as a US player you kinda have to look at the situation as it exists. Keep in mind all the comments that follow apply to the US mtt grinder. Hard work is important, but right now the first objective should be to have fun and enjoy the game. Sure there might be a small few mtt grinders that can earn some kind of a living multi-siting. But lets understand that this is going to be the exception rather than the ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 19th, 2014
Did i Make an Amateur Mistake by betting Turn?
This i didn't even read it. If you don't have the actual hh, can you just recreate it: hero and villains-stack sizes, how many bb, and then just break out the betting flop, turn and river'
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 18th, 2014
flopped set turn line?
Great advice here. It seems like which line you'd choose would depend on your view of the villain and his perception of you (ie if you barrel the turn is he putting you mostly on draws or a made hand). Obv i think its pretty clear that we're always betting the flop and that we can probably bet a good bit more because if he doesn't have Ax, or hearts, or 67, or a middling pair, he's probably not going to continue. But if he does have one of those hands its pretty likely he will call any/most cbets.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 17th, 2014
Do you have any “in-hand thinking procedures”?
This is a great question. And I'm with clutch in that sometimes I feel really sharp and how to proceed occurs to me almost immediately. I guess I do go through a thought process, but mainly by default. When I'm playing 8 or more tables, I don't think my thought process is quite as good, or complete, as it could be. I tend to rely more on instinct, or some players describe it "cruise control." I think this becomes extremely important when playing live, as you have more time and more information available to plug in to your thought process. That said, when I am playing my best, the time ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 16th, 2014
Fun Hand
Ahhh, the too many outs syndrome eh'
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 16th, 2014
Fun Hand
Yeah man I guess calling pre is fine cause everyone is pretty deep. I don't play many hands from the sb by calling but this is likely one of the few times i'd do it. I mean this is a dream flop for you. I'm not opposed to just leading out here. Unless someone really hit this flop hard its gonna be hard for a lot of ppl to do anything but call. Reason I like leading out is cause we have a huge hand (but vulnerable), we're out of position and it might actually be a way to control the pot somewhat and allow us to get a free river card where we can then re evalute the hand and make the best ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 16th, 2014
Softest tournaments on Bovada???
Seems like they've steadily expanded the late reg in terms of time. Most mtts now have 135 mins late reg. I'm fine with it. Problem iwth the other networks is late reg can extend up to 3-4 hours and you have re entry. That makes for very long mtts and you have to beat the best players on the network several times. In terms of softest the $1k PLO is about the softest you'll find. Problem is you only start with 1500 chips. So you kinda have to pick a spot in the early going and go with it. I'm still trying to figure out how exactly to play the early going optimally. It so different ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 16th, 2014
Article: Ted Forrest Still Waiting for Payment from Mike Matusow for 2010 Weight Loss
Yeah cause you aren't a degenerate.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 15th, 2014
Petition to get Bovada to implement synchronized breaks
Exactly this. They do it intentionally. It's likely part of their business plan. Don't offer the things regs want: synced breaks, huds, the ability to track opponents, good bonuses, etc. Allow these players who cashout a lot to play on their competitors sites who offer that sort of player experience.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 11th, 2014
Petition to get Bovada to implement synchronized breaks
You're wasting your time. Bovada has never really been open to player feedback. They do things a certain way and they have their reasons. Your petition will fall on deaf ears.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 11th, 2014
merge highroller $215
I don't play highroller events so I maybe there's something I'm missing...but how you don't snap this off is insane. The way you played the hand makes it appear that you are afraid of the ace. You are so underrepped by the river that you need to call. You kinda set it up perfectly by check calling the turn, keeping his range as wide as possible. The river bet could be anything from a stone cold bluff to a value you bet you are crushing.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 10th, 2014
Confusing hand from bovada KQ
His b/c on the turn is lol And leading the river in light of the board and his sizing just screams bluff. There's just not a lot there that's leading that river for value, except made flushes or a boat. I mean even if he has something like A9, a boat, or A5/56 i guess I don't see him b/c a lot. Perhaps he does lead with a boat, not to lose value against a made non nut flush that you may decide to just check. Many of those hands are likely checking the river so that he can pick off a bluff or value bet vs your over pair. Due to his sizing, the board, and the way he's played the ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 8th, 2014
Looking for poker videos/shows to watch online
I think Poker Savvy is free now. Tony Dunst (Bond18) did a bunch of videos for them. They were all really really good imo. The material is a way dated now obviously, but you can still learn some basic things from them as he talks a lot of fundamentals regarding position, calculating odds/equity, being stack size aware. He's alos a really good note taker and talks about how to take good notes.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 8th, 2014
Poker books that develop different areas of your game.
Poker books can be great for the fundamentals but after that I think their value is overstated. By the time the book gets written, edited, and published/printed, the info in it is already dated. I'd stick to the forums, finding ppl better than you and learning from them.
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TheVillageGrinder
Sep 5th, 2014