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Steveo76Steveo76 Posts: 161Subscriber
£1/£2 Hippodrome Casino, London, 6 handed

Hero (£430) in BB with KcJh.

UTG (£160) limps, CO (£310) riases to £10, Button (£150) calls, SB (£160) calls.


As Hero considers, he notices UTG preparing to throw in the call. CO (white guy in 30s) seems a decent player but has been getting frustrated in the last hour making a few losing river calls. He probably sees Hero as a TAG with a winning image.

Thanks guys!


  • SugarmanSugarman Posts: 41Subscriber
    I tend to stick to 3betting my suited hands when it comes to broadways and connectors, especially so when OOP. However, this framework changes when SPRs become very small, as the SDV of a given hand becomes more important, lending more credence to 3betting hands such as KQo and AJo.

    I think in this situation in particular, if only the PFR calls, the SPR would be <2 so it isn’t a terrible situation I guess, but I would default to a strong condensed range from the blinds facing an EP limp, an open and two calls. Fold>3b>call imo
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  • HurtLockerHurtLocker Posts: 25Subscriber
    Quick question. Is £10 sizing standard from CO? If yes and doesn’t represent anything special then I would 3! (larger sizing...maybe £60?) to attack the dead money. If there are callers you can then assess flop for potential c-bet bluff assuming you don’t have any equity with KJo. Agree that calling OOP is the worst option.
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  • SuperflySuperfly Posts: 591Subscriber
    edited January 20
    Wow good question. That hand seems so very borderline to me. I would def NOT 3bet KTo, and I would almost certainly 3bet KQo.

    KJo is dangerous because it’s so easily dominated. But so long as you realize this and play with appropriate caution, I think you could make a case for 3betting with your taggy image as an exploit. CO should be fairly wide. Callers and utg have capped themselves. If CO is tighter than average or stubbornly sticky, though, I would abort.

    But 3bet large. I’d put in a min of 5x open plus $10 more for each caller. If it’s a typical low-stakes game where people don’t see much 3betting, they should have a hard time finding a call for a decent sized chunk of their stack.
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  • SuperflySuperfly Posts: 591Subscriber
    Just noticed that callers are all short stacked at under 100 bbs. Is this a tight table where they will likely hold onto their money for a better spot, or loose where one or more are likely gamble and toss it in? I like that original raiser is deeper thus less likely to just throw it in.
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  • Steveo76Steveo76 Posts: 161Subscriber
    Appreciate the comments guys!

    As played, Hero raised to £50. UTG folded, CO raised to £135, Button folded, SB folded, Hero folded.

    CO tossed his cards face up into the middle: AQo, chirping: "I had blockers!"

    I agree with @Superfly that my holding was kind of on the cusp. What should have tipped me to a fold this time though was a couple of factors: 1. Villain had indeed shown a stubborn streak and wasn't in a folding mood. 2. Villain was good enough to sniff out what I was up to.

    Perhaps if I'd have raised a little larger to £60-£80 it might have put him off the 4!?? Or perhaps it's just that I ran into the top part of his range this time.

    It's interesting how many factors should be considered before making certain plays. On the surface it felt like a good spot, but on closer analysis (Villain type on this occasion) perhaps it wasn't.

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