maheepsangari

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    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker? (Be as vague or specific as you want with this one, but try to think of all the reasons and elaborate on them.)

      To be honest I would love to make a career out of it. I currently have a job that takes up most of my time and it would be difficult to get there but I think I can manage it.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker? (What are the mistakes you know you are making during your games? Are you playing while you're tired? Are you tilting easily? Want to see the showdown too much? Write down as many as you think are affecting you.)

      I am not very aggressive with my pre-flop raising and I play more hands than I should. My post flop play isn't very strong, I almost always end up slow playing a made hand on the flop and don't get paid too much and I sometimes call a crazy raise by an opponent thinking that he's trying to bluff but end up losing in the process. When I win a few good pots I become loose and start playing every other hand. This affects my overall profit for the session.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive? (Describe in your own words what playing tight aggressive is and why does it work.)

      Playing Tight Aggressive means playing less hands and playing them aggressively. It means that a high percentage of hands played pre-flop should be played aggressively and shouldn't be called passively and with a made hand or a decent hand one should be aggressive after the flop as well and try to get as much money as possible into the pot.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      Most of the weakness you wrote can easily be fixed by posting hands (analyzing your session). We will start writing feedback to your play. Usually negative feedback will put you into thinking phase and trying to fix all those leaks. It's almost the same as you lose money, you will remember it more than winning part. By this situation it's gonna be that negative feedback you gonna remember and try to avoid them next time.

      As I see you have also problems with tilt, for example:
      Easiest way to fight against tilt is to set up stop-loss technique. Which means if you for example have lost more than 3BIs for a session then you just stop the session for some time. The BI amount is set up from your own results. Some may put it higher, some lower. Also after the stop you can spend some time with evaluation part to become better.

      Tight style is usually called playing selected hands. Like following the Starting Hand Chart. Aggressive should be also pretty clear that already the word says how you should be playing. But the problem playing aggressively is that you have to watch that you don't play too aggressive. Find good spots, find good targets. About The tight-aggressive strategy you can read in this article: "What is the Big Stack Strategy?"

      Hopefully you will enjoy the Course. Some points earned.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Thanks a lot for the tip on handling tilt. I'll keep that in mind.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why? (Are there any hands you would play differently? Do you have a problem or question about how a specific hand or hands should be played?)

      Why is it that pocket pairs are called using call 20 Rule if someone raises before us even if we are in the early position but folded if all players fold or one player calls. Other than that I like to play suited connectors if there was a min raise and I[m in late position. I think its worth playing at-least T9s-76s.

      Also, why can't I raise from a position like MP2 or MP3 with KQs if all players before me fold. KQs have the potential of forming high straights and flushes or even high pairs with good kickers.

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. ( Post your hand in the Hand evaluation forums and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      How to play AK

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo. ( You can either calculate this yourself or use an equity calculator such as the PokerStrategy.com Equilab.)


             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP3    46.32%  37.92%   8.41% { AKo }
      CO     53.68%  45.27%   8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Why is it that pocket pairs are called using call 20 Rule if someone raises before us even if we are in the early position but folded if all players fold or one player calls.

      The rule is made simple by expectations. We have to hit 7,5:1 or odds but with Call20 we get 20:1 rule. And the smaller it is the more we have to get a stack from the opponent. Depending on that it is made so high since we can't be sure either we get the stack from the opponent or not.

      Other than that I like to play suited connectors if there was a min raise and I[m in late position. I think its worth playing at-least T9s-76s.

      Yeah, they are totally fine to play. But keep track on them either you loose money or not.

      Also, why can't I raise from a position like MP2 or MP3 with KQs if all players before me fold. KQs have the potential of forming high straights and flushes or even high pairs with good kickers.

      You can raise, the chart may say that but the chart is made mainly for beginners. To understand how to play preflop & postflop. It avoid any marginal situations and being out of position. The more experienced you get the more hands you will start to raise anyways.

      About Question #3:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    46.32%  37.92%   8.41% { AKo }
      UTG+1  53.68%  45.27%   8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }

      Hopefully you enjoy the School so far.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Originally posted by veriz

      Yeah, they are totally fine to play. But keep track on them either you loose money or not.
      So I checked this up. Of a total of 11,385 hands I have played 266 suited connectors and I have won a total of 78.2 blinds at the rate of 29.4 bb/100. Everything seems fine so far but I the sample might actually be very small. I'll keep an eye on it however.

      I also checked for non-suited connectors and the data there isn't as glossy. of 933 hands that I have played I amd down 240.4 blinds at the rate of -25.77 blinds. I didn't know I was losing so much on them and I must definitely be overplaying them. Shall keep an eye out fot them.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 0: Download and install the Equilab. (You can download the Equilab for free here: PokerStrategy.com Equilab.)

      Done

      Question 1: You are holding K :spade: Q :spade: . What is your preflop equity against an opponent who has 3 :diamond: 3 :club: ? How does the equity change on this flop: J :spade: 5 :diamond: 3 :spade: ? (Tip: you can use the Equilab to help you with this task.)

      Before the flop

             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    50.78%  50.40%   0.38% { KsQs }
      MP3    49.22%  48.84%   0.38% { 3d3c }


      After the flop


      Board: J:spade: 5:diamond: 3:spade:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    26.46%  26.46%   0.00% { KsQs }
      MP3    73.54%  73.54%   0.00% { 3d3c }


      Now I have a question here. The above mentioned hand is actually one of my favorites, a set fighting against a flush draw or even a made hand per say. Lets say that the flop was J :spade: T :club: 9 :diamond: and we had 9 :heart: 9 :spade: . We would have a set and would be trying to make a full house. Now I always thought that this hand is perhaps the only now where our outs increase if we don't hit the turn. We have 10 outs and on the turn if we don't hit we would have 13 outs. The equity on the turn however falls drastically even when the outs increase.

      Post Flop


      Board: J:spade: T:club: 9:diamond:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP1    65.20%  64.75%   0.45% { KsQs }
      MP2    34.80%  34.34%   0.45% { 9h9s }


      Post Turn


      Board: J:spade: T:club: 9:diamond:  5:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP1    77.27%  77.27%   0.00% { KsQs }
      MP2    22.73%  22.73%   0.00% { 9h9s }


      So if the 5 :heart: comes on the turn the equity drops to 22.73% from 34.80% the outs like I said however increase from 10 to 13. So should this hand be given up on the turn with a $0.50 raise on lets say a $1.00 pot. That would require us to have an equity of 25% which we don't have, but pot odds of 3:1 which we definitely have. Hence a dilemma here.


      Question 2: What would you do in the following hand? (Remember that it is important to explain your reasons, simply posting "Fold" or "Call" isn't enough!)

      No Limit hold'em $2 (9-handed)

      Players and stacks:
      UTG: $2.00
      UTG+1: $2.08
      MP1: $1.92
      MP2: $1.00
      MP3: $3.06
      CO: (Hero) $2.08
      BU: $2.00
      SB: $2.00
      BB: $1.24

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A :club: J :club:
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, BU calls $0.08, SB folds, BB calls $0.06.

      Flop: ($0.25) 2 :club: 6 :diamond: 3 :diamond: (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BU checks.

      Turn: ($0.25) 5 :club: (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.22, BU raises to $0.44, BB folds, Hero...?

      Flop is very draw heavy so I would not C-Bet, same as the Hero did not. The turn could have easily completed a straight draw, however to have a straight here, there are combinations like, 45, 47, A4, x4 any of which I feel would normally not be called after a pre-flop raise.

      There are 2 flush draws now and we have the best club flush draw, but the pot odds are definitely in our favor. We have odds of 4:1 and the pot odds are 4.14:1.

      He could have called with a pocket pair and perhaps hit a set with 55. This would perhaps be the worst case scenario and we would then have 7 outs, discounting 6 :club: 3 :club: giving us odds of 6:1 and we would fall short by $0.41 which could easily be extracted on the river if we hit our hand since the pot then would be $1.13.

      So I would say its worth a CALL.

      Question 3: Do you have questions about your postflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. (Post your hand in the hand evaluation forum and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      AK Post Flop Play
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #3 Done!

      About Question #1:
      Preflop Equity:

      Equity Win Tie
      UTG 50.78% 50.40% 0.38% { KsQs }
      UTG+1 49.22% 48.84% 0.38% { 3d3c }


      Postflop Equity:

      Board: J:spade: 5:diamond: 3:spade:
      Equity Win Tie
      UTG 26.46% 26.46% 0.00% { KsQs }
      UTG+1 73.54% 73.54% 0.00% { 3d3c }


      About your post by the way I would most likely even go broke with my set there unless I really know the opponent. We are very often even strong enough there unless it's just some freeplay pot. Even then we can add a lot of pair+draw or 2pair combos in his range.

      About Question #2:
      There are several occasions on turn:
      a) If we take just odds for the FD and we take into account that all our odds are clean. Which means:
      Total Pot = $0,91 ; We have to Call = $0,22 -> According to that it means we are getting ~4,16:1 odds. For flushdraw we would need 4:1. Which tells us that we are getting perfect odds.
      b) If we consider the opponent having sets here:
      Which means we have to discount outs, for example 6 and also 3. Which means we have 7 clean outs so that means we need 6:1 odds. That tells us that we need ~$0,41 on river to make it profitable. If we expect the opponent being loose enough and being able to pay us no-matter what then we can do the Call here properly.
      c) We might even have overcards as outs or even 4 as a out:
      Although this kind of situation ain't that likely. I'd rather discount that one and either pick a) or b). Most likely towards Call.

      You are doing great progress, keep going!
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop. (Post your hand in the Hand evaluation board, and provide a link to your hand in your private thread.)

      Kk

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members. (Choose a hand from the Hand evaluation board and post your own evaluation in the thread. Post a link to the hand you have evaluated in your private thread. You can evaluate as many hands as you want, but try to choose hands not yet evaluated by other users.)

      Kk


      Question 3: You are on the flop with K :spade: Q :diamond: . The board cards are J :spade: , 9 :club: , 8 :heart: , and your opponent holds 7 :club: 7 :heart: . What is your equity in this spot?



      Board: J:spade: 9:club: 8:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    41.41%  41.41%   0.00% { KsQd }
      UTG+1  58.59%  58.59%   0.00% { 7h7c }


      We have a gutshot draw and 2 overcards whereas our opponent has a higher equity since he is ahead with his pair. Any T, K or Q will help us win our hand so a total of 10 cards. A 6 or a 5 however could give the opponent a draw and a 7 ofcourse will crush us.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #4 Done!

      This weeks homework was a bit easier. But the idea of that is to help you go through last weeks stuff if you didn't go through everything. Or either way maybe even read some more articles, watch some videos and of course attend in the coaching. What will also help for your game is the evaluation part of other members hands and of course posting your own hands.

      If you have interests you could try calculating the equity with a formula which you can use even on tables(either playing online or live poker):
      (Amount of outs x 4) – (Amount of outs – 8) = Your Equity

      About Question #3:

      Board: J:spade: 9:club: 8:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    41.41%  41.41%   0.00% { KsQd }
      UTG+1  58.59%  58.59%   0.00% { 7h7c }

      Hopefully this wasn't too easy homework for you.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Originally posted by veriz

      If you have interests you could try calculating the equity with a formula which you can use even on tables(either playing online or live poker):
      (Amount of outs x 4) – (Amount of outs – 8) = Your Equity
      Thanks a lot for that tip. I always did wonder if there was an easy way to get a rough estimate of equity while at the tables and this will definitely help.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have based your decisions on the stats of your opponents. (Post your hand in the Hand evaluation board, and provide a link to your hand in your private thread.)

      Turn Check/Raise

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members. (Choose a hand from the Hand evaluation board and post your own evaluation in the thread. Post a link to the hand you have evaluated in your private thread. You can evaluate as many hands as you want, but try to choose hands not yet evaluated by other users first.)

      J9s 29.01

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (7-handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($8)
      MP2 ($9)
      CO ($10)
      Hero($10)
      SB ($10) (17/13/2.6/24/1212) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      BB ($10) (27/9/2.0/29/333) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 :diamond: , 7 :diamond:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.20) 3 :diamond: , 3 :heart: , T :diamond: (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.20) J :diamond: (3 players)
      SB bets $1.00, BB calls $1.00, Hero...

      Firstly I feel Hero should have C-Bet on the flop itself. He had initiative, a flush draw, Had he raised he would have known where he is with his flush draw. Hero could represent a Ten on the flop.

      On the turn SB Bets almost the pot and the BB Calls which is a matter of concern. Either one could have a completed flush or a flush draw. There is no way we can call here and let one of them complete their draws on the river. Its either raise or fold. I'd say raise here to see where we are with our hand. The blinds did call our preflop raise meaning higher cards or pair and here they could have a higher :diamond: or two. By raising we protect our hand against draws. When faced with a 3-Bet I think it'll be an easy fold. If one of them or both call we could see what the river brings and then perhaps make a move. We do have position which is good for our river play.

      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (8-handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($8)
      MP ($10)
      MP2 ($9)
      MP3 ($6)
      Hero ($10)
      BU ($10) (25/21/3.8/26/1250) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J :heart: , J :spade:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU 3-bets to $1.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($2.75) 6 :heart: , 9 :spade: , T :club: (2 players)
      Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      Button seems a bit loose and aggressive. He is also aggressive pre-flop. I don't think the board could have helped him and I'd put him on his 3-Bet with a pocket pair or AK and even AQ. If we check he is definitely going to Bet on this board. A raise by us however could make him fold Broadways and he could raise or call with overpairs. So I'd say we should raise about 2/3 the pot, Fold to a raise and be cautious with a call on the turn. We also have a backdoor straight draw which could improve on the turn if he calls. So an J, Q or 8 could improve our hand on the turn if he calls our Bet on the flop.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #5 Done!

      About Task #3
      It's a very close decision: does protection or pot control weigh heavier here? Do you want to protect against hands like 3x or A:dx and K:dx? Or do you want to control the pot size and try to induce a bluff on the river in case there is no T, no J and no additional ?

      Raise/fold is out of question - with the given pot size and the good made hand you have, it can't even be considered.

      In case you decide to go broke, you can't really be blamed either. It's not a sign of weakness that the rather tight small blind decides to bet into two people here, though. I would say a call is to be slightly favored, while the many outs against you are annoying. The big blind who calls rather loosely speaks in favor of a raise/broke again. Both options are finally considered equal, which shows - all things considered - how close and full of variance these spots really are.

      About Task #4
      You've called pre-flop and then hit a good board. You basically have two choices now: either you assume that your opponent will go broke loosely or puts you on a bluff often and you thus check/raise - or you play check/call in the spirit of way ahead / way behind. The problem with the latter is that there are a lot of cards you don't want to see in the later course of the hand. All in all, it depends on your balancing as both lines make sense under certain circumstances.

      A check/fold would be really pointless, of course. It's hard to say whether you should donk-bet here; donk/fold can be discarded as that would turn your hand into a pure bluff and your opponent would interpret this as weakness and start raising you out of flops with hands like AK/AQ/air. So, if you want to donk-bet, it has to be a donk/3-bet.

      Good luck on tables and with the Course.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
      Gold
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have either a) freeplay, b) slowplay, or c) multi-way pot situation. (Post your hand in the Hand evaluation board, and provide a link to your hand in your private thread.)

      Multiway pot maddness

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members. (Choose a hand from the Hand evaluation board and post your own evaluation in the thread. Post a link to the hand you have evaluated in your private thread. You can evaluate as many hands as you want, but try to choose hands not yet evaluated by other users first.)

      QQ again 28/02

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:
      $25 NL Hold'em (10 handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($25)
      UTG+1 ($25) rock
      UTG+2 ($25)
      MP1 ($25)
      MP2 ($25) LAG
      MP3 ($25) maniac
      CO ($25)
      Hero BU ($25)
      SB ($25)
      BB ($25) calling station

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q :heart: , J :heart:
      5 folds, MP3 raises $1.00, CO calls $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 1 fold, BB calls $1.00

      Flop: ($4.10) 3 :heart: , J :club: , A :diamond: (4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 checks, CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($4.10) Q :club: (4 players)
      BB bets $2.05, 2 folds, Hero...?

      What action would you take, and why?

      Hands that beat us, KT, AJ, AQ, A3, 33, JJ, AA, QQ.

      Hands that he could likely have KT, QJ, Q3, Qx or perhaps even Ax.
      We are ahead of most of his range that he could have but the board is very drawy with straight and flush draws. So now we should raise here (big) and protect our hand.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      This might be a bit stupid but I wanted your view on this anyway.

      I'm new to NL Short Handed and I play NL5.

      I do this thing everytime in the big blind, when everyone folds and the small blind just completes I raise no matter what shit I have. Its like if he doesn't steal my blinds then I'll steal his. I figure that I have position and if he's not gonna raise then I might as well end the hand right now.

      I've been successful with this as almost everytime they end up folding. If they don't fold I have position on the flop and I take the flop down with a C-Bet. I was wondering if this is the right move and don't wanna make a bad habit of it.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
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      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have played on a 6-max table (short-handed). (Post your hand in the No Limit: Hand Evaluations forum, and provide a link to your hand in your private thread.)

      Donk Bet
      Just Call or Riase to make limper fold
      QQ Preflop
      Dout about all streets

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members (Choose a hand from the No Limit: Hand Evaluations board and post your own evaluation in the thread. Post a link to the hand you have evaluated in your private thread. You can evaluate as many hands as you want, but try to choose hands not yet evaluated by other users first.)

      nl10 blockbet river
      NL16 K5s
      NL16 QQ in BB vs UTG or
      Kk 06/03

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB (Hero) ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 5 :heart: , 4 :heart:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) 3 :spade: , 2 :heart: , Q :heart: (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.20, CO Raises All-in, BU calls All-in, SB folds, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I'd call the all in. Have an OESD + Flushdraw so 15 outs so 2:1 odds from flop to river and I'm getting 2.6:1 odds. Other than that its quite possible that CO has an overpair or a set with QQ, 33, 22, A :heart: K :heart: and BU could have a set again with 22, 33 or a two pair with 23 or K :heart: x :heart: . I'm not putting the BU on QQ+ and AK as he'd have 3-Bet Preflop with that range. This is the worst case scenario for us and against this range


      Board: 3:spade: 2:heart: Q:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      CO     33.81%  33.80%   0.01% { QQ+, 33-22, AhKh }
      BU     32.81%  32.81%   0.01% { 33-22, 32s, KhAh, QhKh, JhKh, ThKh, 9hKh, 8hKh, 7hKh, 6hKh, 5hKh, 4hKh, 3hKh, 2hKh, 32o }
      BB     33.37%  33.37%   0.00% { 5h4h }





      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO (Hero) ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A :club: , K :spade:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) A :spade: , 4 :club: , 4 :diamond: (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $1.20, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      Not very happy that its a multiway pot. His bet will have to be taken seriously as he is betting into a multiway pot but many aggressive opponents donk on a paired board and he could ofcourse also have an A which would be weaker than ours.
      I'd call him on the flop as I have position and TPTK. Folding here would be too weak and raising would be overplaying the hand.

      If everyone else folds and the BB continues to raise on the turn I'd call him depending on the bet size (I'd call 1/2-2/3 pot bet). If he just checks the turn I'd check behind.

      On the river if he bets I'll call him again if the bet isn't too big. If he checks the turn and river then I'd make a 1/2 pot size bet on the river.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #6 Done!

      About Question #3:
      Two lines can quickly be discarded here: fold and raise/fold; your hand is simply too strong for those alternatives.

      It's hard to assess whether you should put in a raise here. When a rather passive player decides to bet into three players while being out of position, it does look strong. It's more likely an indication of a made hand than that of a draw.

      A raise naturally protects, but you run the risk of isolating yourself against very strong range. Which weaker hands could your opponent possibly continue playing here?

      The deciding factor finally comes in the size of the pot. This tiny pot simply isn't worth putting yourself into a tough spot where you could potentially end up risking your entire stack. A raise would be overplayed here and pot control takes the precedent over protection.


      About the play vs complete -> usually watch out what hand you have. Vs very loose opponent I would still prefer checking very weak hands. :) But that's true that usually their completing range is very weak.

      Best of Luck on the tables and with the Course.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #7 Done!

      About Question #3:
      In this case, you decided to bet out yourself and two players behind you go all-in. You would have to invest $8.40 in order to participate in a $22 pot, which corresponds to an equity of 27.63%.

      Board: Q 3 2
      Dead:

      Equity Win DrawLoss Hand
      Player 1: 38.538% 38.538% 0.000% 61.462% 5h4h
      Player 2: 14.540% 14.540% 0.000% 85.460% QQ+
      Player 3: 46.921% 46.921% 0.000% 53.079% 22-33

      You get the required odds even when you're exclusively up against very strong hands!

      About Question #4:
      Top pair / top kicker has been and will always be a hand that's tough to play, especially in a multi-way pot. In this case, you've hit a nice flop, but you're up against 3 opponents on a dry board which doesn't allow for any dangerous draws.

      A fold on this board is, of course, too weak. You can't really hit much better and there might be worse Ax hands willing to pay you off.

      If you think that your opponent(s) is/are often willing to go broke on the flop with worse hands, raising might not be the worst of choices. But one thing is clear: if you raise, you have to go all-in on the flop! Raise/fold with your top pair is absolutely out of question.

      Even though this might leave a bitter aftertaste in a 4-way pot, you should play this like a way ahead / way behind spot here - by playing it passive, you will extract the maximum from weaker hands and bluffs while avoiding big losses against stronger hands.

      Best of Luck on the Tables.
    • maheepsangari
      maheepsangari
      Gold
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Hi Veriz,

      I needed some help with finding and plugging some leaks. Here are a few of my stats for NL5 and NL10 played mostly on Stars.




      Thanks
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