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We talked a bit about capping hands/ranges earlier and this just came out today.


Denying equity is an important concept that it seems like I’m forgetting. Betting and taking a 3bet pot has to be considered a win. Recently it seems like I’m evaluating each street based on whether or not I’m ahead and how to get value, but even if he has a pocket pair that gives up on the flop it could turn into a well disguised set on the turn or a draw that puts me under pressure. Equity denial is a key reason to bet vulnerable hands.

As for the QT hand, I think raising the turn is technically the better play. It gives you 2 potential barrels to fire, looks super strong, denies equity, and can turn into value if a queen hits. My thinking at the time was that I wanted to see if he’d give up on the river. I figured, as a good player, he would not triple barrel bluff this board very often out position, and it was safe enough that big pairs and sets would triple barrel. So, my thought was that raising the turn is risky because he can have AA or sets, and even if he’s bluffing, he could come back over the top. But when he checks the river, I take a lot of strength out of his range, and I don’t think he is balanced between bluffs and hands that can call what looks like a value bet. He is not used to players floating multiple streets and making value bet river bluffs. It is a pretty iffy play to make very often and there really is no reason to take the chance when there’s lots of value to be had, but I guess I was trying to balance all the hands I fold versus barrels.

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Just wanted to share this hand which barely lasted seconds.

Is there any statistics available for the official fastest game ?

i had him on Kx all the way. i know i’m a newbie, but should i have been able to see this coming, in the time i have to think about it?

When the UTG player (1st to act preflop) comes in for an open raise, that represents the strongest possible range of hands. With typical players, that range is TT+, AJs+, AQo+. So, the mistake was in calling with KQo from a bad position. All of your TP (top pair) hands are dominated by the UTG range and so you will tend to lose a lot of chips when you both hit the flop. Your KQ meets his AK or AQ on a K or Q high flop and its going to be expensive.

KQo looks like a pretty hand but in reality only is in the right spots. Try to think about what the other player may have 1st and then decide how your hand would fare against it if you connect with the board. Rule #1 of poker is to try and avoid spots that are going to be difficult for you to navigate.

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excellent advice, warlock. most tournaments i’ve won were due to rule #1. tks for taking the time.

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