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[NL2-NL10] [SH] ZOOM - NL10 how to play KJ on SB vs BTN

    • maritsula
      Joined: 19.12.2011 Posts: 905
      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BTN: $16.35 (163.5 bb)
      Hero (SB): $10.65 (106.5 bb)
      BB: $11.05 (110.5 bb)
      UTG: $5.56 (55.6 bb)
      MP: $10 (100 bb)
      CO: $9.59 (95.9 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K J
      3 folds, BTN raises to $0.30, Hero raises to $0.90, BB folds, BTN calls $0.60

      Flop: ($1.90) T Q Q (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.90, BTN calls $0.90

      Turn: ($3.70) 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.80, BTN calls $1.80

      River: ($7.30) 2

      Villain is opening 50% of hands, has 0% fold to 3b (100 hands sample size)

      1) Is it ok to 3b KJ OOP vs someone who wont fold often?
      Its a hand that ahead of his range but i dont know if its profitable to play it OOP against an uknown.

      2) Is 3x a good 3b size OOP?

      3) Should I bet larger on the flop?
      Such as $1.1/1.2 in $1.9 instead of $.9. I think that a bet of $1.20 instead of $.9 has a much % of taking down the pot as it "feels" much larger to an opponent. On low stakes at least.

      4) do I continue betting on the turn? If yes what size should I choose?
      I think that this bet would get him to fold all of his Ax that didn't connect with the flop and prob any under pairs

      5) should I give up river?
  • 1 reply
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi Maritsula,

      1) If villain doesn't fold often that means that he is calling hands that have quite a bit of equity versus ours like pairs, suited connectors and of course hands that dominate us like KQ, AJ, etc.

      On top of that our hand doesn't play that great postflop (can't bluff/semibluff as much) so I would consider calling or folding.

      2) 3x (or 9 BB here) is generally too small OOP and will invite more callers

      Normally I advise that your 3-bet is in BB rather than 3x,3.5x,4x.
      I'd make it between 10-12 BB based on the villain, his open size and my overall range in that spot.

      For example if our range is more value and less bluffs we can make it bigger.
      3) 1/2 pot bet is fine. He will fold his small pairs just as easy.

      4) What folds the turn that didn't fold the flop? Some random floats at most. So no I would not bet the turn.

      5) Same question as on #4. What's his range in your mind?