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[NL20-NL50] NL25sh AJs TP calldown vs loose player

    • member001
      Joined: 18.03.2010 Posts: 288
      Poker Stars, $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players

      Hero (BTN): $25 (100 bb)
      SB: $125.89 (503.6 bb) nit 9/5 (85h)
      BB: $28.56 (114.2 bb) 24/21/0%3b (42h)
      UTG: $17.82 (71.3 bb)
      MP: $49.57 (198.3 bb) 31/22 (51h)
      CO: $62.34 (249.4 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with A J
      UTG folds, MP raises to $0.75, CO folds, Hero calls $0.75, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.85) T A 2 (2 players)
      MP bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

      Turn: ($4.85) 9 (2 players)
      MP bets $3.25, Hero calls $3.25

      River: ($11.35) 3 (2 players)
      MP bets $20.75 :f_eek: , Hero folds

      Small sample on villain. He is clearly loose, but could be LAG and not necessarily complete idiot. (Or he could have just had decent cards in the 51 hands that I've seen.)

      Preflop: I must be well ahead of his range - isolate for value? At the time I was kind of thinking that if I raise he mostly continues with hands that dominate me and folds his crap, so instead I will call and play in position. SB is a nit and I have not yet seen BB 3bet, so it would a surprise if I got squeezed.

      Flop: I guess this was the plan, so let's go with it.

      Turn: same, but already getting uncomfortable with his betsize.

      River: overbet 2x wtf?? I started levelling myself into a call here ("it's obvious I have Ax and not a monster, so villain must be trying to push me off it...") but he must have a ton of 2p+ hands and I doubt he is bluffing often enough.

      Overall, got myself in trouble with a bad choice of line and should have just taken initiative earlier?
  • 1 reply
    • EmanuelC16
      Joined: 02.01.2010 Posts: 13,909

      I think apart from preflop 3bet that can be considered but not necessary, you played it fine. At any point you raise, you are raising into a reasonably strong range and most often isolating yourself vs better and making air fold.

      @River: He can have air but he can also have the nuts often. His range + sizing allows him to bluff without you exploiting it so that's what happens here. You should just call the 'bottom of the top of your range or better' if that makes sense. What I mean, one pair hands will probably be too weak, call better than one pair since you have such hands in your range.