4-betting was my main focus in March. This was a logical step forward after working on 2-betting and 3-betting the month before. If I want to survive at 50NL and higher, I’ll need to be comfortable with 4-bet situations. 4-betting can be a powerful weapon, and is something that occurs more often at 50NL+ than at 25NL and lower. Having a 4-bet range of only one hand - AA, just won’t cut it if I am to reach my goal of 100NL.

With Gareth’s coaching, I have expanded my understanding of these spots, and as a result expanded my 4-bet range. The most common situation occurs when I open from the button and one of the blinds makes a 3-bet re-steal. We need to consider several factors, but sometimes 4-betting will be the best response. In this example, I don’t have a strong enough hand to comfortably  call the 3 bet, but the villain has a high 3b% and a high fold to 3b%. Thus, I can infer that he has a wide range and can find the fold button:

Recognizing these spots and actually pulling the trigger is rather satisfying. However, mistakes in 4-bet pots are also rather expensive.

With all the changes to my game, it may sound like I’ve become a lagromaniac. When 4-betting light, it sometimes feels that way too. Truth be told, I am still at the tighter end of TAG, running about VPIP 22% and PFR 19% on Zoom. I still try to avoid hands that lead to murky postflop situations. I still try to stick to a fundamentally sound game. I am more aggressive though: widening my opening range, my 3-bet range and now my 4-bet range. This has had an impact on other stats as well.

On the positive side, I am calling less preflop than previously. Many of these hands now fall into the 3-bet or fold category, especially when out of position. This reduces the gap between my VPIP and PFR stats. On the negative side, my c-bet% has dropped. It seems as though playing a wider range of hands leads to flops where I’m unsure if better hands are folding or worse hands are calling. I have never been a proponent of c-betting every opportunity, but evaluating flop textures is a topic I will be revisiting in April.

I played a fairly low volume in March while working on these new skills, splitting my playing time evenly between single table sessions on 50NL regular tables (3K hands) and multitabling sessions on 25NL zoom (18K hands). I am asking most of the right questions; recognizing most of the important factors, but need to put in more time at the tables before consistently drawing the best conclusions.

I do not foresee any major additions to my game in April. Instead I intend to continue improving upon what I have learned thus far; practice makes perfect. Originally I had intended on moving completely to 50NL. However, with so many mental changes being made, I want the dust to settle before completely leaving 25NL. I have decent stats on most of the player pool which makes for a better practice environment and I am comfortable with the money involved. I will be splitting my time evenly between 50NL and 25NL again.

There is not much to report from the tourney front. I had hoped to play some MicroMillions, but didn’t manage many tourneys of any sort. I played quite poorly in the few I did play. For example, regging for the MicroMillions ME on impulse without noticing the three hour late registration period. I didn’t have time to play that long of a tourney. Neither my heart nor head were in the game. I basically tossed $22 out the window.

Well, that about wraps up March and my immediate plans for April. I am quite happy with my progression thus far and am, as ever, optimistic about the coming month.

GL and have fun at the tables!

Roland GTX