[NL2-NL10] NL2 - How to play made hands against overbets?

    • dondiego2000
      dondiego2000
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.08.2010 Posts: 84
      I was facing this opponent who had a very strange tendency to always play very loosely and passively pre-flop, and then become ultra aggressive after the flop by almost always betting over the pot.

      I could not really see a pattern with those bets. Sometimes he had the nuts, sometimes a draw, and sometimes just pure air :f_confused:


      Here are 3 situations where I could not really figure out what to do:

      Hand #1

      Full Tilt - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3: http://www.pokertracker.com

      CO: $2.12
      BTN: $1.45
      SB: $3.91
      Villain (BB): $2.34
      UTG: $3.46
      UTG+1: $2.28
      MP: $2.12
      Hero (MP+1): $4.79

      SB posts SB $0.01, Vilain posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has 3:diamond: 3:spade:

      fold, UTG+1 calls $0.02, fold, Hero calls $0.02, fold, BTN calls $0.02, fold, Villain checks

      Flop: ($0.09, 4 players) 4:spade: 2:heart: 3:club:
      Villain bets $0.18, fold, Hero ???

      Hand #2

      Full Tilt - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3: http://www.pokertracker.com

      Hero (MP+1): $2.88
      CO: $2.60
      BTN: $3.15
      SB: $3.78
      BB: $2.21
      Villain (UTG): $2.26
      UTG+1: $2.10
      MP: $2.00

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has K:club: A:diamond:

      Villain raises to $0.08, fold, fold, Hero calls $0.08, fold, BTN calls $0.08, fold, fold

      Flop: ($0.27, 3 players) J:diamond: K:diamond: J:heart:
      UTG bets $0.26, Hero ???


      Hand #3

      Full Tilt - $0.02 NL - Holdem - 8 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3: http://www.pokertracker.com

      MP+1: $2.12
      CO: $1.43
      BTN: $3.90
      Villain (SB): $2.41
      BB: $3.46
      UTG: $2.26
      UTG+1: $2.12
      Hero (MP): $4.77

      Villain posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has J:diamond: A:heart:

      fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.05, fold, fold, fold, Villain calls $0.04, fold

      Flop: ($0.12, 2 players) 7:club: Q:heart: A:spade:
      SB bets $0.12, Hero calls $0.12

      Turn: ($0.36, 2 players) 5:heart:
      SB bets $0.36, Hero ???


      Any advice on how I could better play those hands?
  • 2 replies
    • MaestroOfZerg
      MaestroOfZerg
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      Joined: 17.11.2008 Posts: 5,510
      Hi,


      Against villain you can't really read postflop, just revert back to absolute hand strength when in doubt and realize the results are going to be hard to learn from either way. So just because you stack him when he was bluffing doesn't mean he'd never take the same line with a monster, and just because he stacked you doesn't mean he never has a worse hand in the same spot either. Staying cool if mandatory against high-variance spewy fish.


      #1

      Middle set is way ahead of every overpair he could be overplaying and that he'll never fold unless we let the board get ugly, and even if he has a straight we still have around 40% equity. I'd just raise it up and felt it when in doubt, and make a not like "overbet donk=weak" if he ends up folding to my raise.

      #2

      3-bet preflop for value unless he's raising like 2% or something, and if he 4-bets you chances are it's a fold.

      As played on the flop I'd raise again and go broke with it, he's never folding Kx hands and he's very likely never folding any of the numerous draws out there either.

      #3

      He could be totally bluffing and he could have worse Ax hands, but AJ isn't really strong enough to "cooler" anything on that board so fastplaying it to stack worse Ax hands isn't really enough to compensate for the times we simply make him fold pure air in my opinion. I'd close my eyes and call down, possibly even shove over on some rivers given that I think he'd call it off with worse Ax hands.


      Hope it helps.
    • dondiego2000
      dondiego2000
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.08.2010 Posts: 84
      Thanks for your reply, it's really insightful.