Flush: "Ace Blocker?"

    • Xeonz123
      Xeonz123
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      Joined: 22.08.2011 Posts: 264
      Weather this is the correct place to post this question im unsure of, however I'm always lurking on forums and watching poker shows and I always see/hear about the theory of holding a Ace blocker. For example on a board with 3 <3 and i hold the A of <3 the chance of my oppenent having a flush is lowered as it blocks out many hands their likely to hold with the flush. However can anyone tell me if this is A.True and B. If this is true can someone please tell me how much of a difference it makes? . Sorry for my terrible grammar I'm very tired.
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    • DailyDollarPro
      DailyDollarPro
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      Joined: 11.07.2011 Posts: 145
      Of course it is true. Any time you hold a :heart: on a :heart: :heart: :heart: board you are blocking several combinations of possible flush hands that your opponent might have, even if you hold the 2:heart: you most likely block at least 1 combo of A:heart: 2:heart: from your opponents range.

      Holding the A:heart: however is much better as it blocks a lot more combos. Most people will play A:heart: K:heart: - A:heart: 2:heart: , but will fold J:heart: 2:heart: pre flop.

      The really powerful aspect of holding the A:heart: however is the fact that you know villain can never have the nuts.

      Consider:

      Hero (Btn): $682
      Villain (BB): $650

      Delt to Hero: A:heart: K:spade:

      Preflop: ($3)

      3 folds, Hero raises to $6, fold, BB calls $4

      Flop: ($13) T:heart: , 4:diamond: , 3:heart:

      BB checks, Hero bets $10, BB calls $10

      Turn: ($33) T:heart: , 4:diamond: , 3:heart: , K:club:

      BB checks, Hero bets $26, BB calls $26

      River: ($85) T:heart: , 4:diamond: , 3:heart: , K:club: , 2:heart:

      BB checks, Hero bets $55, BB raises to $155, Hero raises to $640 (AI)...


      Villain holds: Q:heart: J:heart: , $453 to call....

      How sick would you feel calling off 200+ bb with only the third nuts?
    • RasTweet
      RasTweet
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      Joined: 26.12.2009 Posts: 4,553
      Think this belongs better in the no limit forums.

      Thanks for helping out DailyDollarPro! :f_love:
    • Xeonz123
      Xeonz123
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      Joined: 22.08.2011 Posts: 264
      Originally posted by DailyDollarPro
      Of course it is true. Any time you hold a :heart: on a :heart: :heart: :heart: board you are blocking several combinations of possible flush hands that your opponent might have, even if you hold the 2:heart: you most likely block at least 1 combo of A:heart: 2:heart: from your opponents range.

      Holding the A:heart: however is much better as it blocks a lot more combos. Most people will play A:heart: K:heart: - A:heart: 2:heart: , but will fold J:heart: 2:heart: pre flop.

      The really powerful aspect of holding the A:heart: however is the fact that you know villain can never have the nuts.

      Consider:

      Hero (Btn): $682
      Villain (BB): $650

      Delt to Hero: A:heart: K:spade:

      Preflop: ($3)

      3 folds, Hero raises to $6, fold, BB calls $4

      Flop: ($13) T:heart: , 4:diamond: , 3:heart:

      BB checks, Hero bets $10, BB calls $10

      Turn: ($33) T:heart: , 4:diamond: , 3:heart: , K:club:

      BB checks, Hero bets $26, BB calls $26

      River: ($85) T:heart: , 4:diamond: , 3:heart: , K:club: , 2:heart:

      BB checks, Hero bets $55, BB raises to $155, Hero raises to $640 (AI)...


      Villain holds: Q:heart: J:heart: , $453 to call....

      How sick would you feel calling off 200+ bb with only the third nuts?
      Really appreciate the help, Thanks.