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[NL2-NL10] NL4 SH 88 preflop play

    • SPeedFANat1c
      Joined: 04.01.2009 Posts: 5,150
      Grabbed by Holdem Manager
      NL Holdem $0.04(BB) Replayer
      SB ($0.82)
      Hero ($4.27)
      UTG ($0.48)
      UTG+1 ($1.74)
      CO ($4.03)
      BTN ($2.30)

      Dealt to Hero 8:diamond: 8:spade:

      UTG calls $0.04, UTG+1 raises to $0.12, CO calls $0.12, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.44, fold, UTG+1 calls $0.32, CO calls $0.32

      FLOP ($1.38) A:club: T:spade: K:heart:

      Hero checks, UTG+1 bets $1.30 (AI), CO calls $1.30, Hero folds

      TURN ($3.98) A:club: T:spade: K:heart: 3:heart:

      RIVER ($3.98) A:club: T:spade: K:heart: 3:heart: 7:spade:

      UTG+1 is 17/6/inf after 18 hands
      CO is 63/23/2.5 after 36 hands

      Raise, call or fold PF?
      UTG+1 range is tight so it isn't a raise for value. Better hands that he is folding may be 99, or he is not folding any better. So it isn't a raise for a bluff too.
      Calling for a set value - his stack is not enough, but CO is good. So maybe it is for set value?
      Calling better hand for value - I have not experience with it yet because I was micro FR player and never called for value preflop, but I guess it isn't for value, there is not many worse hands in his range.
      Folding 88? Hard to believe :)

      But his range may be wider because sample size is not big,

      Flop is easy fold agaisnt these two oponents.
  • 1 reply
    • Kaitz20
      Joined: 02.02.2007 Posts: 27,343
      UTG+1 may fold there sometimes 99, but also I think he may fold there AJ/AQ, so to take initiative with 88 is not bad. Only bad thing is about the stack size and I think for that reasons I really don´t like 3-bet there with 88. You have to fold if he shoves and have to likely shove yourself a lot of board what only is Q or J high, like J64.
      So I would call. Also you don´t only call 88 for set value, but some times you hit board like 347 and can lead out for value or c/r and play for stacks- depends how aggressively would you like to play your 88 at that spot.