Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Quick one before heading out

I'm doing a quick post before I head out tonight, a lot of my university friends who where doing masters/PHD's have moved down to London from Manchester and I'm off to the pub for a night out. This is kind of a gift and a curse, as this will increase my social calender yet detract from my poker and life goals. This problem will be slightly intensified by the fact that I will end up going to more dance gigs, doing more drugs and losing more days from poker to come downs. Hopefully I can keep it in moderation and under control.

Extracting hard from showdown bound non-thinking tags.

Villain 29/18/39/2.3,

PokerStars Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed)

Preflop: SoSo is SB with 7, A 3 folds, Button raises, SoSo 3-bets, 1 fold, Button calls

Flop: (7 SB) 7, 2, 10 (2 players) SoSo bets, Button calls

Turn: (4.5 BB) 6 (2 players) SoSo checks, Button bets, SoSo raises, Button calls

River: (8.5 BB) 4 (2 players) SoSo bets, Button calls

I feel i know all of this players tendencies and as such can exploit them with ease. Their play is predictable and contains little variations expect frustration bluffs, which can throw you occasionally. There are three things which highlight why i like making plays like this against certain player types.

1. Not capping pre-flop

Since this player does employ a capping preflop strategy which will include some strange hands but mostly TT+, AJs+, AQo+ in the situation. We can already start to scale down his range.

2. Not raising the flop

This player does not delay till the turn merely blasting with all his range on the flop in position, but bizarrely sometimes slow-playing til the turn OOP. His range is now further scaled down containing very few pairs maybe some 2x but mostly overs. It is also important to note that his flop range contains almost no gut-shots/straight draws. However he can pick these up on the turn along with BDFD's and will bet them.

3. Calling the flop combined with probable turn tendencies.

Once the flop is called he likes betting when checked too, now its possible the 6 improved him, but obviously not enough to be ahead. Most importantly he will bet almost all of his range when checked too and will be faced with sufficient pot odds to continue drawing after the c/r. He may also fold some 6 outers to a c/r which would be pretty sweet.

These three key factors allow for me to make the screw-play on the turn against this specific player, there are a lot of players who you can do this against and as soon as you have their tendencies nailed down you can repeatedly butt fuck them.

- Chris

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