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NLZ5 6max: ATo, SB vs BTN

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  • NLZ5 6max: ATo, SB vs BTN

    Poker Stars, $0.02/$0.05 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
    Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

    BTN: $4.20 (84 bb) VPIP: 17, PFR: 10, AF: 2,0, Hands: 82
    Hero (SB): $5.09 (101.8 bb)
    BB: $1.40 (28 bb)
    UTG: $5 (100 bb)
    MP: $5 (100 bb)
    CO: $5 (100 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is SB with A T
    3 folds, BTN raises to $0.15, Hero calls $0.13, BB folds

    Flop: ($0.35) 9 7 K (2 players)
    Hero checks, BTN bets $0.10, Hero raises to $0.30, BTN raises to $0.65, Hero calls $0.35

    Turn: ($1.65) 3 (2 players)
    Hero checks, BTN bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50

    River: ($2.65) K (2 players)
    Hero checks, BTN checks

    My main question is about preflop, is it better to 3bet here or calling is the best option? Villain opens 40% from BTN, no info on his 3bet calling range. My thinking was that if i 3bet here im likely to isolate myself vs hands that dominate me like AQ/AJ. I would certainly 3bet with lower Ax's here that cant be played profitably without initiative. But i thought that by calling ATo i keep his range wide and can play my hand as a bluffcatcher. While discussing this hand with my friend he said that i should 3bet here because playing ATo without position and initiative is too tough, but im thinking that its gonna be uglier if i 3bet and he calls with the top of his range.

    Another spot is OTF, i dont have a made hand but i flopped a nut flush draw, while calling certainly wouldnt be bad here i decided to go for a raise because i called preflop and his range is pretty wide so i might make him fold some better hands like A9/A7 or maybe even some low Kx's. Is my thinking good here?

  • #2
    I prefer calling pre unless he never folds to 3bets.

    The flop I think we should just be calling. We have a lot of equity vs most hands but don't really love getting it in.

    ^ That's what i'd say vs a normal cbet size.

    Given he did bet so small I think we should raise, and calling the flop 3b like you did.

    OTT he gives us another insane price, so we cant fold.

    And river we miss but he's never folding to a donk bet or anything so i think it's fine x/folding.

    Well played.


    • #3
      I like flatting here. The BB is really short! (28bb) 2 reasons for flatting here.
      - We can flat and bring the shorty along, giving him a good price to see a flop.
      - We can flat, hoping the shorty squeezes all in. If the BTN folds I would actually call a SQUEEZE SHOVE from the BB with ATo

      A X/C is our most standard play here. We could also choose to DONK out here. I actually think DONKING out here has a ton of merit due to the fact that if we X/C and hit, it can get tricky to get paid.

      As played, the villain makes it insanely small. I think both a call or a raise is fine. His small bet could mean strength or weakness.




      • #4
        Hi booogie,

        I agree with birdayy's analysis, think you played this fine, and if he c-bet a normal sizing then just call the flop.

        so i might make him fold some better hands like A9/A7 or maybe even some low Kx's. Is my thinking good here?
        I don't think he's folding top pair, but worse pairs may let it go, particularly if they don't hold a diamond.
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