Hand of the Week: 666 (River Results)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the second and final part of the Hand of the Week. You can find discussion of the flop play here. I was really impressed with the quality of the comments. It didn’t seem like anyone was confused about a check was worth considering, and in fact you all made some good points that I failed to consider in game. I’ll start by saying that although there are some interesting concepts at play here, this specific spot is not really an important one to get right. For one thing, it’s not exactly an everyday occurrence. … Read more…

Hand of the Week: 666 (River)

This is a continuation of Hand of the Week: 666 (Flop). For a discussion of the flop decision, see this post. We’re playing 10/25 NLHE with effective stacks of about $8K. The main Villain, in the SB, is a capable and experienced player, not 100% sure whether he’s a pro but he’s good enough that I think he could be. I imagine that he has a similar opinion of me. The BB is definitely a pro and strong player. I’m going to go ahead and skip to the river decision, because I’ve already explained my plan for a three-bet. Hero … Read more…

Hand of the Week: 666 (Flop Results)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first part of our Hand of the Week. Assessing Range Advantage The only information I gave about the SB was that he’s “capable and experienced” and probably has “a similar opinion of me”. This really isn’t enough to make aggressively exploitive assumptions about what his bet “means” (if he’s doing a good job of balancing, it doesn’t mean any single thing) or how he’ll respond to a 3-bet. Let’s start instead by examining some structural features of the situation, at the time that we see the flop, before there’s any action. I have … Read more…

Hand of the Week: 666 (Flop)

Seems like a fitting thread to start on Easter! This is from a 10/25 NLHE game with effective stacks of about $8K. The main Villain, in the SB, is a capable and experienced player, not 100% sure whether he’s a pro but he’s good enough that I think he could be. I imagine that he has a similar opinion of me. The BB is definitely a pro and strong player. Hero opens to $75 with Kd 6d on the button. I realize that some of you would fold this pre-flop, and while it’s a bit close, I think it’s a … Read more…

Hand of the Week: Rockets! (River Results)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Hand of the Week. Here’s a recap of the action so far: Blinds are 50/100, Villain has about 20K (starting stack), and I have about 25K. Only six players (including both blinds) have claimed their seats so far. I have black Aces first to act and open to 300. Villain calls from the SB, and everyone else folds. Flop (700 in pot) Jc 8c 6h. Villain checks. Turn (700 in pot) 6d. Villain bets 400. Hero? River (1500 in pot) 2s. Villain bets 600. I was a bit surprised by the comments, in … Read more…

Hand of the Week: Rockets! (Turn)

This is a continuation of the Hand of the Week. Discussion of the flop action, which I imagine will surprise some of you, can be found here. Blinds are 50/100, Villain has about 20K (starting stack), and I have about 25K. Only six players (including both blinds) have claimed their seats so far. I have black Aces first to act and open to 300. Villain calls from the SB, and everyone else folds. Flop (700 in pot) Jc 8c 6h. Villain checks. Turn (700 in pot) 6d. Villain bets 400. Hero? Post your thoughts and preferred action here. I’ll respond … Read more…

Hand of the Week: Rockets!

This hand is from the first level of the $1080 Battle of the Bay tournament that I went on to win. I don’t have any specific reads on particular players, but the field in general is quite amateurish, with lots of satellite qualifiers and shot takers. My default expectation for such players is that they will be quite loose and splashy as long as the bet does not represent a significant chunk of their current stack but much more tight and cautious once the bets get large. I don’t have any history with the Villain, but if he’s a Lucky … Read more…

Hand of the Week: Big Slick on the Turn

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Hand of the Week so far. The comments from the pre-flop discussion that I found most interesting were from dullgeek and others who struggled with the problem of how to put money in good once there’s an Ace or King on the board. This is a central dilemma in poker: how do you get paid off when your hand is strong but somewhat obvious (that is, it’s easy to see that there’s an Ace on the flop, and anybody without one will be reluctant to put money in). Of course the same problem … Read more…