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And then you flop two pair, improve to a full house on the turn, an even better full house on the river, and know you’re beat by the bestest full house of them all, a literal solid packed mansion of jacks. Every hand you’re dealt you can be sure is counterfeit or coolered.

Final hand of the day - down to the final 3 and the SB min raises into my BB. I have AJo and this guy is opening any 2 cards. I rip it in for 18BB and he calls, with 7/3o. Of course he makes 2 pair. LOL. Bad result for me but any time I can get it in as a 2:1 favorite, I’m thrilled.

Stay calm and carry on puggy

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On a happy note, I just took 2nd place in End of the Road, winning 1.5M chips, which offsets my massive slide in Astral League all day Friday.

I played very well in this game, and had a couple of great hands, including a set 888s that allowed me to bust two players and take the lead, which I did not relinquish until final table.

I was mostly ahead at the final table, one player would occasionally take a slight lead over me at times, and then I’d get it back. We got heads up and then I just had a bad string of hands, and there was nowhere to hide, and I couldn’t get him. He ended up busting me flush over nut straight. It was a paired board and I figured I’d get beat by a full house or quad Aces anyway, and since I actually took chips out of this tournament I’m trying not to feel bad about it. Of course, I was 4-to-the-flush myself, and had the Th, so a river heart would have given me the pot.

Well, any 9,5, or 10 beats you on the river, so obviously you will not always win.

And it continues.

Poker today: 3-seat SNG, 3rd. 1 hand, KK, I opened to 4BB, got called, bet 120 on the flop, got called, went all in on the turn, got called, V rivers a flush with 75 hearts and no draw to speak of on the flop.

I obviously didn’t pay any attention to board texture, but by the time I was on the Turn I knew I was going to lose the hand, so I just threw the rest in so I could try again.

But it’s just amazing that a player will call a 4BB raise with 75s, and then chase the draw with middle pair. This is why you go all-in with garbage hands like K K, because so often the draws won’t fill, and then you clean up from the idiot who thought 75 was a good hand to call 1/4 of your stack with, and that middle pair, 3 hearts was a good hand to chase with.

Except, you know, not when it’s me, obviously. But in theory.

And just to show it’s not a fluke, here’s me throwing away another 100k tournament with the lead 5-up on KK. KK is dumpster trash, and if you don’t hit a set with it and the table doesn’t collapse when you pot at it on the flop, you should just fold to no pressure on the turn, because there’s no equity and if you check they’ll just all-in back at you anyway.

I’ve looked over a few hands from this thread and there are 2 common themes:

  1. People are playing garbage and hoping to hit hands
  2. You are not adjusting to the table or to the flop texture

In the hand with KK, on 5h 7c 8h multiway it is likely a pure check. When is the last time you isolated with 77,88, 8/7s, T9s, or 9xs or 6xs? I’m going to assume you don’t do that often or at all, though you probably should if you want an range that is harder to play against. Therefore you connected in no meaningful way with that flop. All you have are 4 combos of nut flush draws (if you are raising as low as ATs) and overcards/overpairs. You had a massive range advantage preflop but once that middle-card coordinated flop came, KK is really marginal. Its a situation where you should be looking to pot control and get to showdown more often than not.

Also, as a rule of thumb, size down your bets in very multiway pots and protect your range more by checking a lot more. You just aren’t going to have enough equity in your range to justify bombing it into 4 players except in rare circumstances (where you don’t want to bomb it anyway). When you are heads-up or 3-way you can bet frequently for a small size when you have the range advantage. In the same scenario you can bet frequently and large with the range and nut advantage. Same scenario - when you have the nut advantage only you can bet a large size but infrequently. Multiway all those advantages are reduced significantly so small sizings and checks are incorporated more.

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Thanks, those are good suggestions.

My thinking is if I raise big, and get calls, and the board comes in low, I’m in good shape IF my villain’s range to call that open is similar to mine. Eg, if they called with a high Ace, this board is terrible for them, and I have a pair, I’m probably good. I’m not expecting anyone’s range to connect with this flop who would actually call that raise. Obviously, I’m wrong about that about 80% of the time and this is why I lose so frequently.

To adjust, I could open larger preflop, but this would be bad for a number of reasons: 1) I’d just fold the table and claim the blinds, and extract minimal value out of premium hands; 2) I’d be telegraphing my premium hands, and not disguising them making both my premium hands and my playable value hands more vulnerable to exploit; 3) when I bet big it breeds AA and puts additional Aces on the board, guaranteed.

Of course, if they’re playing middle pairs, they may have hit a set with this board, and then I’m behind. That’s the risk you run, and I do routinely see players hold onto hands as low as 33 in the face of 10+BB raises, and nail their set a lot of the time. So, I expect that, and when that’s what happens, I can handle it. It’s when players call with no hand made and sustain several streets of “you should really fold if you don’t have something by now” sized bets that they call anyway, and then hit way more regularly than the odds calculator tells you to expect. That infuriates me.

I don’t expect that many straight draws to be here (which is my problem, evidently) and to fold when they are. Of course they don’t, why would they. I price these people to fold, forgetting that the chips have no value, they call, they hit anyway.

About the bet sizing, a lot of what I see in SNG play is that if you don’t make a “respectable” bet, then the better players will raise you, often enough that you’re pretty sure they’re doing it whether they have anything or not. So to defend against this, you have to bet bigger, and/or bet weaker with stronger hands so that you can induce raises and then call or re-raise them. But then, if you make a too-big bet, people will just call you because they don’t believe you could have a hand that good. About 70% of the time (in my hands) they call and fill their ridiculous hand.

Clearly, I do need to re-think my bet sizing, and probably my situational betting some more. Mainly, I guess I just need to count on the showdown value of my hands prevailing more, not bluff so much, just let go of hands when I raise, get called, and miss, more of the time, not try to finish hands on the flop/turn by bluffing or semi-bluffing them, and when I’m not bluffing them, allow them to run out so that I can extract more value on more streets.

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This is why strengthening your checking range is so important. The last thing you want to have happen is to be blown off your equity by being raised when you have a decent hand, like KK or AhJh in this case. Its a disaster when you have to fold hands like that so just x/c to reasonable action more often. Even still, with a lot of aggression on a coordinated flop like this one (say you x and v1 bets and v2 jams), fold your KK and move on.


I’ve definitely started incorporating mid-pairs and mid-connectors into my open range, particularly after I’ve established my table presence by winning hands w/o showdown and showing things like AK or QQ. It gives me more options at the flop, depending on the texture.

If I come in with T9s, and the flop is K85, my c-bet might be construed as top pair based on my apparent range. In reality, I’m drawing to a straight or, if I’m lucky, a flush or straight flush. Even if I don’t get the draw, I can still try to bluff an A or K on the flop.

I’ve noticed my wins w/o showdowns have started to increase considerably this way. It’s probably one of the more important things I’ve done to improve recently.


I try to use this to my advantage - 1st game tonight I raise KQs and get a bunch of calls. I flop the 2nd nut flush and bet 1/3rd pot to keep people in. 1 call. Turn is a brick and I check because I know the guy in the hand can’t resist shoving when someone checks to him. I check, he shoves and its an easy snap call. He has the naked nut flush draw and hits his 14% hand on the river. SMH. I’m happy with every step of that hand, other than the result :slight_smile:


I’ve been counter-exploiting sometimes like that too. It’s a pretty effective move against certain players.


Totally agree, and the same thing applies to flops that have an ace on them. If there are just two of you in the pot, either your opponent has the ace, or he does not, so many chances to represent the ace, and if he does not have the ace, he will often give up the hand and fold to any bet, because your preflop raise is so strongly suggestive of you having an ace.


Absolutely a good move and I’m glad its working out for you. In puggy’s case, I was asking if he ever raised over limpers with these hands. If he isn’t, then decent opponents will know he can’t have hit this flop.


This is a very effective exploit and is supported by theory as well. As the IR, you should have all the strongest Ax and therefore can bet range on most A-high flops, whether you have the ace or not. There are different bet sizes people use which are dependent on the opposition you are facing (and board texture). Vs very good opponents, on a dry A-high flop, the recommended line is betting small with your entire range. Force them to call with weaker pairs and draws to meet MDF. Vs more passive and weaker opponents who will call a raise with any Ax and will always call with TP on the flop, bet smaller with your range and bigger when you actually have a strong Ax or better hand. Extract maximum value from people who will call at least 1 bet.


Yeah, exactly. I think you’re on the money with Puggy; he might be getting exploited due to predictability. I’ve noticed this point brought up by many participants in his threads.

I wanted to give a testimonial to its effectiveness just to strengthen your point and encourage Puggy to adopt said strategy.


I didn’t catch that, but to answer, yes sometimes I will raise rag pairs.


My day has gotten a lot better recently.

Here’s a final hand from a SNG I just won:

V is the understack, but only down very slightly, sitting on the button, blinds at 500/1000, and he raises 3BB. I’m holding KK, and re-raise to 6000. He jams, holding QJs, and the flop gives me a set of Kings, while making him a royal flush draw, 8sAcKc, and runs out 9h9c. I win with full house over the next closest thing that you can get to a straight flush, for the skin-of-my-teeth win.

I know Sassy_Sarah’s play a little too well, and got her on this hand, where she tried to steal the blinds with 64o; I jam back with A8s, and she calls for some reason, and I end up winning the hand with a pair of 8s. Of course, sometimes she’ll have AA here, so it’s risky, and when i’m running bad she hits trip 666s and I miss the board.

And there’s this hand, which I played like a fool, and sucked out Replay-style, again knocking out the Sassy one. I played AKo, and got her to call me, she hits top pair 8s on a low board, 582 flop, and she bets big at the flop. I don’t believe her, so I call, and make an even bigger call on the Turn, and make runner-runner backdoor Wheel straight to win the hand. This was the fishiest fish-donk hand I’ve played in a long time, and I got incredibly lucky to suck out 3-4 on the final streets. I really expected Sassy to have been betting air at me, and that my AK-high would win a showdown against air if it had to, or I might find an Ace or a King here, and if I went bust I was fine with it, but I wasn’t expecting to make a backdoor straight at all.

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Capitalizing on the wild variance swings within Replay’s pRNG and the large number of players here who overfold – particularly in MTT/SNG settings – are definitely some of her strengths.

At any rate, good job getting your stack in the middle on these hands. The goddess of Rungood has given you her blessing today.

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:sunglasses: Its Working !!!
Maybee I should stop by your tables more often dear Puggles … :roll_eyes:
Would you believe me more if the hand was for 1m chips ??