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    I went and played a live tourney tonight and had an unfortunate bad beat right at the start of the tourney. Killed my stack straight away. I had pocket jacks and 6 of 8 players called the BB where I was sitting and I then raised to 275 with my Jacks. This dude calls, and I don't hit, with two spades on the board I bet most of my stack. With all low cards on the deck I chuck a little bet out there knowing I want some stack back if this guy has hit trip 3's or something, but no he hits a spade on the river and flushes with a 5-8 in his hand. Who calls 5.5 times the BB raise with a 5-8? Need to spot fools like this before a tourney starts. Is there a way?

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    Hi ALEXNLUKE! Welcome to the forum. Here's a link that will help to get you more familiar with many of the options that PSO has to offer. These fish are out there in every single game. I've seen them live from a $1/2 cash game, to a $25 tournament, even in $365 WSOP Circuits... they're everywhere. In this hand, what I would look at is the preflop raise amount. If everyone's going to be limping like that, I'm going to make a standard raise (3BB+1BB for each limper), which is probably more than 275. I want to do this to try and thin the field some, especially when I'm out of position. If the flop brings two spades, here's a good example of why I want to raise more to get people to fold. With 5 opps in, I cannot bet enough to make them have a -EV call. When I'm out of position, I want to do whatever possible if I think I have the best hand, to force the opps into calling an amount where on average they lose chips. I'd also need to make a sizable bet on the turn (1/2 pot if against 1 opp, 2/3 if against 2, 3/4 if against 3) if there is a flush draw. If the opp could have a combo draw (str8 and flush), then I'd need to bet more here too. If I don't bet enough on the turn too, the opp will be getting the correct odds to outdraw me (something I want to avoid whenever possible). I want my bets preflop to be based on BB's (if there is no raise) and I want my bets post-flop to be based on a % of the pot-size. The way to spot them is to see what cards they showdown. Some can't fold any A. Some can't fold any suited cards. These are both notes that I make when playing online and make mental notes on these types of players too when I'm playing live. You never know what you're going to run into. A good example of this is me last Saturday night. I see a flop of 9 9 5 into a family pot. Guy basically shoves with 26o.... right into my pocket 9's... LOLOL. Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.umbup: John (JWK24)
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      Originally posted by ALEXNLUKE View Post
      I went and played a live tourney tonight and had an unfortunate bad beat right at the start of the tourney. Killed my stack straight away. I had pocket jacks and 6 of 8 players called the BB where I was sitting and I then raised to 275 with my Jacks. This dude calls, and I don't hit, with two spades on the board I bet most of my stack. With all low cards on the deck I chuck a little bet out there knowing I want some stack back if this guy has hit trip 3's or something, but no he hits a spade on the river and flushes with a 5-8 in his hand. Who calls 5.5 times the BB raise with a 5-8? Need to spot fools like this before a tourney starts. Is there a way?
      If you had a hand replayer it would be better.
      i don't think so. The only rule I would follow is if u want to enjoy playing poker and know you opponents, do not bet most of you stack when the blinds are 10/20.

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