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  • how could i have played this better?

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    stats vp/11 PR7/ AFq34 i put him on TT JJ when he raised flop.

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    Hi kk,

    First off I would never steal preflop here unless I knew the blinds were both big nits for defending and folded to steal a high % of the time. Actually I still wouldn't steal even then. Reason is, against said type of opponents I'll be openeing a TON of buttons, but I don't want to open 100% of them or I might push these guys over the edge and they start fighting back with more than just "real" hands. I'd rather they just keep folding like good little soldiers. So if I'm not going to open 100% of buttons, then a good place to start reducing that % is my absolute worse hands, which obv. 82o fits.

    Don't like your flop read, it is way too narrow, you have to do a better job of honestly evaluating what hands he could hold that makes sense. JJ/TT are in there for sure, but so are 99, 88, 55, 22, A8, slow played QQ-AA, some diamond combos, especially with gutters... Ad3d/Ad4d. Maybe a few worse hands.

    All that being said your freak 2 pair has enough equity against that range to continue none the less, so I don't think your ranging mistake led to an EV mistake here, getting it in should be fine.

    Putting an opponent on 1 or 2 specific hands is going to lead to a lot of mistakes though, work on the ranging process and your reads and decisions will get better over time.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by TheLangolier View Post
      ...I'd rather they just keep folding like good little soldiers. ...
      LOL! I'm sure an argument could be made to try and get nitty blinds to spazz out, but I am with you on that one. So much simpler to just enjoy a small but steady(low variance) stream of blinds coming in.

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      • #4
        maybe i could play a tighter range. but i see money i get excited

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        • #5
          Yeah you can certainly make an argument that getting the nits to open up out of position isn't bad, I'd agree, but it's probably not as profitable as they'll still be playing stronger ranges than our 100%. My general philosophy is when I find an opponent making a clear mistake I try to take actions that encourages them to make more of it, not less of it. In the case of nit defenders that mistake is folding too often, so for blind stealing I want to give them more opportunities than normal to fold (attack with a wider range than my normal steals) but try not to go so far as to get them defending more correctly. 100% is too far.

          maybe i could play a tighter range. but i see money i get excited
          I feel you... just be careful not to light it on fire in your excitement.
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