To promote strategy discussion, I am creating this thread so that anyone who would like can post a hand and I will provide an analysis of that hand. I am not the best player on Replay (as some have claimed), but I have won consistently across all game types and stakes (up to 250k/500k ring).
As an example, here is a random recent hand: https://www.replaypoker.com/hand/replay/434150352
This hand is admittedly very straightforward from my perspective, but let’s look more closely. After a series of limps, I decided to limp behind with 22 because I am getting a great price to see a flop with a hand that will miss most of the time. In general it is best to raise preflop with almost all hands that you want to play, but sometimes you get a great price and the pot is already inflated by so many limpers, enabling you to win a big pot when you hit.
The flop is perfect, a set of 2s with an ace on board (meaning I can get paid by all the players who limp Ax hands). I bet 2/3 pot, but 3/4 would have been better because Ax hands aren’t folding anyway and it is a multiway pot. The board is extremely static, meaning that there are few draws, so not much to be scared about. On the turn, I bet again (~60%), keeping in mind that my opponent has a short stack, so the rest of his stack will be a half pot bet on the river. He decides to min-raise, which does not really scare me because limping 99 or AA would be a huge mistake for him, so I am really hoping/expecting him to have either A9, 97, or most likely Ax of spades. We get stacks in and he has AK.
From his perspective, limping AK is a huge mistake because you are losing value with one of the best hands and giving your opponent the opportunity to outflop you for cheap. Plus, in a multiway pot it is very hard to tell if your top pair top kicker is good. The end result here would have been the same if he had raised preflop (I would have flatted, flopped a set, and he would have lost his short stack), but he is essentially flying blind. His decision to raise the turn does not make sense. It is a min-raise, so even if all I have is a spade draw I am getting a great price to call. Plus, top pair top kicker is not a very strong hand in a multiway pot, even on a dry board. I can easily have 97/A9/22. Once I put him all in, he is in a very bad spot because he is getting such a great price to call, but what does he actually beat? This also goes to show the danger in raising with such a vulnerable hand in the first place. So, in conclusion this was a pretty straightforward hand, but I am happy to provide similar analysis for any hands you have played that you found interesting or had questions about.