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getting away from AK
First of all, you're never going to blow it by playing AK regardless of whether it's against the best player, worst player, smallest stack or largest stack. So if you're saying you should have folded pre, I'd quit poker first. In low stakes MTTs, I'd 3b AK pre all the time. It should almost always be more profitable than any other lines. As played, idk. It's a spot where I tend to flat. When you raise, most weaker hands will fold including some Ax hands that have a bad kicker + no spade. When you raise, people can easily jam hands like KsJx, AxQs, AxKs, KsTx, QsJx, etc. Your hand doesn't do ...
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tyson219
Oct 28th, 2014
Best way to start thinking in ranges
In terms of opening ranges, the homework I've given students/horses in the past to work on this is to figure out what a 5%, 10%, 15%,...50% opening range looks like. Once you've got that down, start thinking about how those ranges may/may not change from EP to MP to LP. Then, compare the RFI of a player to the ranges and positions you've constructed and it'll give you a general idea of his preflop opening range. It's never going to be exact, but it does give you some intuition. Over time, you can see where you're right/wrong and make the necessary adjustments. With respect to limping, it's ...
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tyson219
Oct 28th, 2014
Should I have laid this down?
Yeah, agree with raising less pre. You're going to play this hand oop and if you have a really strong hand, you can still get tons of value on the turn/river. Making the pot so big preflop and on the flop makes it more difficult to play turns/rivers where you don't have the nuts. As played, I'd flat the raise and probably fold turn. I can see making a disciplined fold on the flop as well, but its very read dependent. You should provide reads on the villain in question. Since you both have decent stacks, there should be some history. At a min, just his general style of play/age/etc. His ...
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tyson219
Oct 27th, 2014
Grose spot on ft bubble vs a nit
Check back flop. It's a great spot for villain to c/r. Against someone that tight, it hits his flatting range a decent % and we can always go for value on turn/river if he does have something like a midpair, 7x, etc. On the turn, flat if villain bets and value bet if he checks. As played, fold. There's only a small % of pure bluffs from a nit like that. The rest of his range is hands with great equity or hands that have you crushed. Factor in it's the FT bubble and I don't expect you to ever have enough equity to get it in. Flatting the c/r seems pretty bad since there's not much you can do ...
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tyson219
Oct 27th, 2014
would you shove on this river?
It depends... If you're playing competent/thinking players, you want to size your value bets and bluffs similarly to ensure that your sizing doesn't give away too much information. As a result, on a wet board I'd bet large to extract max value from draws and avoid getting floated wide and have to face a turn/river raise that can have a lot of bluffs repping the scare card (as well as actually have a better hand). On the flip side, on a really wide board I want to get floated wide and let people bluff since the bluff range is going to be wider and I'm doing much better vs the value range. As ...
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tyson219
Oct 27th, 2014
[215$ 50kgtd] AQs vs MP open 20bb deep
Even against a tag player, this is a profitable reshove spot. He'll fold a decent % of the time and you should be about even and perhaps even ahead of his calling range. You're not deep enough to flat and play postflop, so a reshove pre will be both more profitable and create less awkward postflop spots.
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tyson219
Oct 27th, 2014
$50buyin $5k, small field, early Ante stages, 40BB stacks, MP QQvsBB3bet??
It's fine. Chalk it up to a cooler. As sugadadd said, you could make your open preflop smaller. I'd go 2.5x to 250 -- personally, I don't like going 200 here and strongly prefer 250. But even that doesn't make a big difference in the hand. As played, I'd just get the money in preflop. Villain is going to have a pot sized bet left and we almost need to be getting the money in postflop on almost all boards anyway. The range for a big blind squeeze has some random air along with a value range of at least JJ+, AK and perhaps even wider. QQ plays well against this range -- especially once your ...
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tyson219
Oct 26th, 2014
would you shove on this river?
Definitely size the 3b bigger pre. I wouldn't go smaller than 30-32k and, depending on villain tendencies, would go as high as 35-36k. This is even more important when effective stacks are deeper and you're going to have to play multiple streets OOP. The rest of the hand really depends on the villain. You're missing all the pertinent info I'd consider before even 3betting and definitely in figuring out my postflop plan. Depending on other factors, I might flat pre instead of a 3b. How often is villain opening from late position' How does villain react to 3bs' Does villain 4b ...
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tyson219
Oct 26th, 2014
Should i be shoving here?
Oops. I misread the HH and only looked at the bolded stacks and mistook hero for button.
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tyson219
Oct 25th, 2014
Should i be shoving here?
There's no point in shoving. It's 29bbs effective and you'll never get called by worse. All you do with a shove is allow villain to play perfectly against you. There are two options: flat or put in a small raise with the intent to fold to a shove. Flatting polarizes your range to very strong hands or medium hands like suited broadway, small pairs, etc. A small raise is usually with your entire range and looks more balanced. The decision of which route to take depends on the villain, your image, etc. i In a vacuum, I'd probably put in a small raise to iso and fold if the original raiser ...
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tyson219
Oct 25th, 2014
MTT after the bubble play advice
+1 Invest time off the tables to learn as much as possible. Ready strategy articles, forum posts, watch videos, read top books on MTTs, play around with tools that are available, etc.
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tyson219
Oct 24th, 2014
When to gamble and when to wait in MTT's
It really depends on a lot of factors. For starters, the term flip is very situation dependent. Are you talking about a flip where we have about 50% equity' If so, what's the situation' If there's action beforehand, you may only need equity in the low 40s for a call to be profitable, so it's a slam dunk call. The basic point is that with dead money in the middle, you're often already getting a discount to call and so a lot of "flips" are actually very profitable calls since you're basically freerolling for the dead money already in the middle. In general, in large field MTTs I tend to take ...
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tyson219
Oct 24th, 2014
what do you guys make of this 3 bet? How should i respond?
It's 29bbs effective, you really don't have that much room to flat and outplay someone postflop. This is especially true when you have no reads. It's pre ante, so I wouldn't expect to be 3 betting light to defend against your EP/MP open. I'd fold since it's at best a marginal spot and most likely a bad spot.
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tyson219
Oct 24th, 2014
JJ in mid position 50bb , flat 6bb shove by utg+1, 27bb stack from co clicks back
I think most people would just rip here with AK and hands like 77-TT. Given that you're flatting a 6bb shove and a tightish player cibs, I would think he's pretty strong since he's now committed. It seems pretty nutted to me -- QQ+ maybe JJ+,AK. It's a fairly close spot, but I'd fold.
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tyson219
Oct 24th, 2014
fell for it
yeah, easy shove pre. don't get fancy play syndrome...just play simple and smart at these stakes also - the thought process "he has Ax or nothing" is tragically flawed. he has a range of hands and that range easily includes KQ, KJ, KT, etc. After you 3b pre, there's very little reason for him to lead value hands, so your thought process seems very flawed. That's just a tangent though -- main point is shove pre
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tyson219
Oct 24th, 2014
what do you guys make of this 3 bet? How should i respond?
There's not enough info to respond
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
What's the better play in this spot... B/f or c/f on river?
I don't mind betting small -- but 15% of pot looks really weak and exploitable to me. I'd go a little over 2k -- something like 2200-2300.
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
What's the better play in this spot... B/f or c/f on river?
Second hand you bet too small. You give him way too much room to bluff since your line seems weak (would you ever bet smaller on the river than the turn with Qx given that you don't think he'd fold Kx'). First hand I'd b/f. As pokerdude said, about 2k seems right. In general, I tend to b/f in spots where I think villain has weaker hands that I can get value from and value betting is >>> bluff catching. If the river blanked in the first hand, I'd debate between c/c and b/x (prob b/c) since if his range is heavily weighted towards draws, I can get more value by bluff catching than value ...
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
How often should I be donk-betting?
The only spots you can donk bet on are when you're flatting in the blinds (or flatting 3bs and leading the flop). Yes, you should have a donk bet range. That said, it all depends on your image, your flatting range, who you're playing against, their position, etc. I think the question is a little too broad to give you any helpful/concrete advice. A few examples of hands I've donkbet are big draws in multi way pots on wet boards where I don't think a c-bet will occur (which takes away my ability to c/r); vulnerable sets/two pair on wet boards where I don't think villain will cbet and my hand ...
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
Novice sit n go double up bubble strategy looking for advice
I don't really play these and haven't looked at the ICM implications. My advice is to get a tool like ICMizer, enter the payout structures and then spend a lot of time off the tables playing around with ranges. Given stacks, what's the nash range you should shove' If people call too tight, what range should you shove' If people call too wide, what range should you shove' And just invest a lot of time learning the proper ICM behind these spots. In the short-run, if people call incorrectly, you might lose some spots you shouldn't. But in the long-run, you'll grind out a profit. Sorry I'm ...
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
better to avoid this spot with 22 ?
I agree with everyone else. I'd r/c vs the big blind here and r/f vs the other two stacks (since they seem fairly tight and I don't anticipate them reshipping wide).
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
advice please
The way to calculate your equity in allin situation is: Amount to call/(Current pot size + amount to call) In this example, the amount to call is 25281 (the shove for 28481 minus your open of 3200) divided by 25281 + the pot size (which is 3200 + 28481 + 6950 blinds/antes = 35431. So its 25281/(25281+35431=60712) = 41.6%. To decide whether or not to call, compare the equity your hand has against the villains shove range. So in your example, you should call if you have at least 41.6% equity -- since your hand has more than that with 42.8%, it's a call. Does that answer your question or did ...
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tyson219
Oct 23rd, 2014
Micro cash: set V set (no hand)
I can't imagine pot controlling or folding in micro cash. Most people tend to overvalue overpairs + top pairs allowing you to stack them with a set. If you're playing more competent players, you can slow down with a set in certain spots since the range of hands you're going to get value from is extremely thin. But the average micro cash player is going to give you max value when they have overpairs, TPTK, etc, so I'd go for max value every time and chalk it up to a cooler when its set over set.
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tyson219
Oct 22nd, 2014
Is this call mathematically correct? Maybe someone can plus this into ICMizer..
It's definitely a call -- don't have access to ICMizer right now, but I can try later today or tomorrow
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tyson219
Oct 22nd, 2014
78cc flop monster draw.
Flat pre is marginal. I don't hate it, but it's not going to be very profitable. On the flop, I'd definitely raise since you don't want any scare cards to come up and slow down the action since you have so much equity on the flop. For flop sizing, I want to set up a turn PSB if villain flats. I'd go about 900-950 which gives you slightly less than pot on the turn.
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tyson219
Oct 22nd, 2014
have i played this hand correctly ??
AQ - reads would be helpful on the iso'er. I don't mind flatting here given how deep you are. As played, I'd always shove the river. If villain has a set, it's a cooler. Turn is debatable. You can bet small on turn to get value from Ax hands that decide to pot control as well as Qx hands that might not believe you have the Ax. Checking back turn might keep some bluffs in villains range, but it's an odd line to bet/check/bluff, so I don't expect there to be too many river bluffs. As a result, I'd probably bet turn to get as much value as possible from the hand. KT - either flat or raise more ...
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tyson219
Oct 18th, 2014
What to do in this spot in hyper turbos?
+1. I'm still shoving all pairs here.
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tyson219
Oct 18th, 2014