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  • Deep in the Bigger $2.20

    I know I should be posting these hands separately, but they are the last two consecutive hands I played last Sunday in the Bigger $2.20. I think the outcome of the first hand affected how I played the second one. Villian in hand one is brand new to the table, so no reads. Second villian had been at the table for 3 hands and folded all of them, so again no reads. I don't think I played these two hands very well, so I'm looking for criticism and some ideas here. Let me have it!!
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    Hand 1 is pretty standard actually. Open raising to 2.5x is fine, and the guy shoving 15bb's over you could easily be doing this wide enough that calling with AQs is fine. If the shover is a nit then it's a fold, but without reads I'm calling him too.

    Hand 2 I don't like, why are we limping utg? Open it for a raise or just muck on 20 bb's, after the last hand I'd just fold, people will think you're tilting so I'd rather have a stronger hand being utg to open. Post flop you might consider checking back the turn to induce, you do have the 2nd nut flush draw so free cards aren't really a concern, and with position you can call a river bet or value bet it yourself... it's tough to get a lot of value from worse than KQ on the turn. Def ok with playing for stacks there with top pair/good kicker+2nd nfd... just unlucky to run into such a big hand. Still, don't generally be limping at this stage of the game, you're just asking for someone to raise you.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by TheLangolier View Post
      Hand 1 is pretty standard actually. Open raising to 2.5x is fine, and the guy shoving 15bb's over you could easily be doing this wide enough that calling with AQs is fine. If the shover is a nit then it's a fold, but without reads I'm calling him too. Hand 2 I don't like, why are we limping utg? Open it for a raise or just muck on 20 bb's, after the last hand I'd just fold, people will think you're tilting so I'd rather have a stronger hand being utg to open. Post flop you might consider checking back the turn to induce, you do have the 2nd nut flush draw so free cards aren't really a concern, and with position you can call a river bet or value bet it yourself... it's tough to get a lot of value from worse than KQ on the turn. Def ok with playing for stacks there with top pair/good kicker+2nd nfd... just unlucky to run into such a big hand. Still, don't generally be limping at this stage of the game, you're just asking for someone to raise you.
      +1 umbup: Agree totally with both.
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      • #4
        Thanks for the analysis, I think I limped there because I was feeling kind of battered from the first hand. Watching it again, I don't feel quite so bad about my call there. I did have a playable hand, and a good draw. I was just kind of shell-shocked to get knocked out in two hands, and wan't sure that my play was even close to correct. I was feeling kinda tilted for the second hand, so very unsure of my play. Hopefully I'll deal with this situation better next time. umbup:umbup:umbup:
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