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I'm not a pro, so take anything I write with a grain of salt, but this is how I play --
Part 2 of his email to me on preflop strat post flop turn river bets

TT+, AJ+, ATs, KQs -- If nobody has raised yet, I enter the pot with a $15 raise no matter which position I'm in.

77-99, KQo, KJ, KTs, QJ, QTs, JTs -- I'll enter for $15 if I'm in LJ, HJ, CO, or BTN. Anything earlier I tend to fold since these hands are too weak and never forget our strategy revolves around nut peddling.

If someone 3-bets on top of your raise, 4-bet with QQ+ and AK. Make sizing about 2.5x or just jam all in if you aren't too deep. You can call with AQ and JJ to see what happens. If their 3-bet is small you can proceed with caution with hands like AJ and KQ and TT-JJ but be prepared to fold if the flop isn't favorable.

If anyone else has already raised before you, 3-bet with TT+, AQ+. Sizing should be 3x of whatever they raised. You can call speculative hands if the amount to call is <5% of the effective stack. Speculative hands are small pairs and suited connectors.

If someone 4-bets you (over your 3-bet), 5-bet jam with AA and KK. I tend to fold JJ. QQ and AK are tough ones. If it's a tight nitty player, I fold. If it's a loosey goosey or a maniac I will call to see what flops. However, if you don't have many chips left you can jam the QQ and AK also.

If you're in LJ, HJ, CO, or BTN and nobody has raised (all folds or limps) you can limp in with speculative hands like small pocket pairs <66 or suited connectors.


If you were the last aggressor pre-flop (will happen often with our strategy) follow the c-betting guidelines below:

If you are multiway (4 or more players to the flop) you should bet when you flop a strong made hand like true 2-pair or better. DO NOT slow play because people can catch up to beat you.

I also like to bet when I have a draw of 12 outs or more (usually flush and straight combo or a flush draw with a pair).

I tend to check/call with draws that have 8 or 9 outs (OESD, double gutshots, or flush draws).

Do NOT overplay your one pair hands. They are usually no good in multiway pots.

If you are heads up (hopefully you get this scenario a lot!), ALWAYS c-bet the flop. Hit or miss just bet. Use 2/3 pot. THERE IS AN EXCEPTION: If your opponent is a calling station that literally calls everything, if you missed the flop you should just check since you're never getting him to fold. Against all normal players or tight players, c-bet all your range because 60% of the time they have missed the flop and will probably fold.

If you are 3-ways to the flop and you missed the flop, c-bet if you're last to act and both players have checked to you. AGAIN, don't do this when there is a total calling station is there since he won't fold. If you hit a strong hand like top pair or better, c-bet no matter what position you're in. Use about 1/2 pot since you're gonna have a larger pot than when you're heads up.

If you were NOT the last aggressor pre-flop (you just called someone or limped in) then you should generally check to the last aggressor. Play your strong hands, give up with your weak hands.


If you find yourself at the turn and you think you have the best made hand, bet! 1/2 pot on safe boards, 2/3 on draw heavy boards to make it expensive for draws to chase.

If you got called on the flop and the turn doesn't help you, you should usually give up and just check/fold. Live to fight another day.

However, there are some scenarios you should fire a second bullet.

1. If you turn a draw of 8 outs or more.
2. If the turn brings a scary overcard. What do I mean? Let's say the board was like T,8,4 -- you c-bet with AJ and villain called. Turn is a KING. You should fire out again because your opponent most likely won't have a king, but it looks like you could easily have it and scare them off.


I keep this simple.

If you think you have the best hand, value bet. Don't go for check-raises because they often check back and you lose value.

If you have nothing, check/fold and give up. I am not a fan of triple barrel bluffing. It won't work in 1/2 often enough to be profitable.

If you have a marginal hand that may or may not be best (bluff catcher), just check or check-call. I'm not a huge fan of thin-value because you might get blown off your hand by a raise.


  • z7z7 Posts: 225Subscriber
    Looks pretty solid to me. How have your results been lately? What have you learned from this strategy and do you deviate from it? Or in other words, EXPLOIT your opponents?
    Would love to hear some updates!
  • nofriends333nofriends333 Posts: 887Troll
    its hard to play this way when they only allow you to sit at the table with $300 max in the casinos i play at in NJ
  • neverlearn2neverlearn2 Posts: 2,862Subscriber
    I like thess strat posts. The one before about small ball was very good too
  • GlennJonesGlennJones Posts: 176Subscriber
    edited February 2019
    I play way tighter that this with a couple of exceptions. I play primarily 1/3 and 2/3 NL, 100BB cap games where the average player buys in short (somewhere around $100) and where the drop is $6 a hand plus $1 if a river is dealt. Against the short stacks, raising hands a set amount (like $15 in your case) gets me into awkward spots post flop due to stack sizes.

    As Z7 says, adjust to exploit your player pool. There are times when I'm going to raise to $50 or $60 (and probably still get a couple of calls). Other times, I'm folding hands like AJ from up front. I spend the first few orbits watching my opponents and trying to figure out things like VPIP, when they fold, when they call, etc.
  • nofriends333nofriends333 Posts: 887Troll
    the problem i have with his strategy is that lets say you open pre at $15 with a good or premeium then brick flop then continuation bet $20 . You wont always take down the pot because most of the time you will get called even at $1 $2 Even if you do take down a few pots eventually they will figure out what your doing and play back at you with a better hand. If you dont connect on the turn you set yourself up for problems . If you consistently fold to a raise after the turn if you dont connect with the flop , then they will easily have you figured out and the long ball strategy goes out the window
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