So “everything you do at the poker table conveys information”… lol. It’s important that we know our image at the table. I think everyone knows this to be true on some level or another. I also think that a lot players think this may only relate to the quote unquote hyper aggressive spaz machines. This can’t be further from the truth though. If you’re a tight player, you have to know that and if there are players at the table who are paying attention and are aware of what’s going on around them and capable of playing exploitive poker you need to be careful. No matter how loose or aggressive they are. There is good lag and bad lag poker, if you’re tight aggressive you should know which you’re up against.
Here’s a HH for one example of what I’m talking about. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I’m hyper aggressive at all, I play ranges and I get involved in a ton pots, at least in relation to what the norm on Replay is. Because Replay is so full of tight, limp happy, never 3! fit or fold player types I know to a lot of semi thinking players perceive my image as reckless.
50K/100K (6 max)
We are currently 5 handed as the bb is sitting out. V is a tight aggressive player who is definitely thinking and trying to win. Has a decent rank and enough bank roll to be shot taking this level, as am I. I believe he thinks I play too many pots too aggressively. V has shown a tendency to play me kind of trappy at times, but not usually. I see him play big pots, a lot of which he creates with big bet sizing in order to protect his hands and get max value when he’s ahead. Usually continues with pot sized bets when he opens. I have not ever seen him bluff huge into pots, when he bets big he has near nut hands where it was hard for him to be beat.
I am 1 otb(off the button or some would say the cut off, if anyone wants to discuss why this is a better way to describe positions at the table hit me up in comments) and have been very active at the table for about 75 hands or so. Came in for 15M and have been up and down to where I currently sit at 20M up 5M. V is in the BB with 40M.
Folds to me 1 OTB with 3s6s I open 250K, BTN folds, SB folds, BB V calls. HU to the flop.
Flop (550K) 3d 3h 2c… V x, I down bet 165K, V calls
Turn (880K) 6c… V x, I down bet 265K, V calls. I have this board crushed only losing to 1 combo of 66 and I don’t want to scare off villain and give him a chance to catch a card with hands like back door clubs, AK, pair and straight draws.
River (1.41M) 8h… final board (3d 3h 2c 6c 8h) V x, I 3.5M… I choose to 2.5x pot here because I’ve been called twice now so I believe V has something he wants to get to showdown. I also know he doesn’t want to believe me and looks at these over bets from me as bluff heavy. I think he’s calling with any 3, which he can have a ton of in the BB, and all his over pairs which he’s decided to slow play this way. I could bet 1M to target calls from hands like 44 and 55 which he would call with but he could even call the over bet with these as well.
The reason for the post, V x/r shoves all in for an additional 15.7M more. This is a 2x pot shove for a 400 bb pot on the river. V here obviously found himself in a spot where he was too invested in my image and doesn’t take into account his own image. This should just be a call all day long imo as V. It’s not that I’m polarized either, that would be a simple explanation. I am exploiting this particular V for my image in his eyes so I would be making this bet with some hands near top of my range like AA or any 3, hands he beats with his straight. The problem is his own image allows me to make this bet with these hands that are near the top my range that I can snap fold to this shove. If he stops and thinks about how he plays and considers that he’s never doing this with a bluff, and he knows that I know this about him then he should realize that he’s never getting called by a 3 and should just call with his straight and only shove 88 (3 combos) and 66 (1combo).