[NL2-NL10] NL2 - AJs from CO

    • MancaMulas
      MancaMulas
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.03.2009 Posts: 4,491
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $1.94
      CO(Hero):
      $2.16
      BU:
      $1.00
      BB:
      $3.46
      UTG1:
      $1.70
      UTG2:
      $0.75
      MP1:
      $4.53
      MP2:
      $6.30


      Preflop: Hero is CO with J, A.
      UTG1 calls $0.02, 3 folds, MP3 calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.10, BU folds, BB calls $0.08, UTG1 calls $0.08, MP3 calls $0.08.

      Flop: ($0.4) 8, 3, 5 (5 players)
      BB checks, UTG1 bets $0.40, MP3 folds, Hero folds, BB folds.

      Final Pot: $0.8.
  • 3 replies
    • MaestroOfZerg
      MaestroOfZerg
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510
      Hi,


      Just shove over his pot bet, he doesn't even have a full stack and he limp/called from UTG, he could have a lot of hands that he will sometimes fold and with which you are flipping when he calls. The only way you're really in trouble is if he has a set, and sets are really hard to get. Sometimes BB will call too but it's fine, the pot will be bigger and we can't be drawing dead ever. They can be.


      Hope it helps.
    • MancaMulas
      MancaMulas
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.03.2009 Posts: 4,491
      It's a tough decision for me to put my entire stack on a draw...
      Why do you say he can have a lot of hands? If he is playing his hand from an early position, it's should have two big cards! The earlier the position, the stronger the cards have to be, so I think he wouldn't in from UTG with a Q8 or a 98 or something
    • MaestroOfZerg
      MaestroOfZerg
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510
      Hi,


      At nl2 you will mostly see two types of players : those who follow a SHC and try to get better, and those who have no idea what they are doing and just play the hands they like. The latter category might play absolutely anything provided they like their hand, don't be surprised to see non-sense hands from them in that spot. Since that guy isn't even making the effort of rebuying to 100bb, i'd say there is a fair chance he isn't one of the SHC tags and might surprise you with his holding quite often. For all you know he has K8 and is betting top pair for value, but might fold it if confronted with extreme strength from you.

      Even if this isn't true and he's somewhat decent, he could still have limped a suited connector like 98s 87s, a smallish overpair 99-TT if he is somewhat scared, something like A8s, or have a flushdraw that you dominate with the likes of QcTc KcQc. You can make him fold some of that stuff that is currently ahead of you, and you will get called by worse hands that you crush too. This will compensate for the times where he got lucky and flopped a set, and even then, you still have 9 outs with two cards to come, which means one time out of 4 you will win anyway.


      You can't play that wrong by shoving against an unknown, ever. We play poker to make money from bad players, you will miss a lot of value against unknowns if you take for granted that they are positionally aware and only play hands that make sense at these stakes.


      Hope it helps.