Monday, April 07, 2008

Fold this 100% in Micro Stake Sngs or MTTs

One of the most important skills in nlhe is knowing when to fold. In Micro Stakes Sngs and low buy in MTTs if we raise and get reraised by SB/BB we can fold up to QQ with out feeling too badly. Unless we have a read that villain is a maniac, a reraise from the blinds, especially in the early stages is more often than not AA/KK.

One characteristic of this raise is that it is usually a smallish reraise. Because of the size of the bet it may be correct for us to call with pocket pairs for set value, but if we don't improve post flop we need to get out.

I've noticed this for some time but continue to pay off in these spots. Hopefully posting it here will help me get away from these hands in the future.


Poker Stars, $4 + $0.40 NL Hold'em Tournament, 25/50 Blinds, 9 Players Hand History Converter

UTG+2: 1,105
MP1: 1,378
Hero (MP2): 1,452
CO: 4,485
BTN: 2,330
SB: 3,630
BB: 4,175
UTG: 840
UTG+1: 195

Pre-Flop: (75) Jh Jc dealt to Hero (MP2)
UTG calls 50, UTG+1 raises to 195 and is All-In, 2 folds, Hero raises to 400, 2 folds, SB raises to 605, 2 folds, Hero raises to 1,452 and is All-In, SB calls 847

Flop: (3,199) 4d 8h Qs (3 Players - 1 is All-In)

Turn: (3,199) 5h (3 Players - 1 is All-In)

River: (3,199) Ac (3 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: 3,199 Pot
Hero showed Jh Jc (a pair of Jacks) and LOST (-1,452 NET)
SB showed Kh Kd (a pair of Kings) and WON 2,514 (+1,062 NET)
UTG+1 showed As 6c (a pair of Aces) and WON 685 (+490 NET)

Shouldve gotten away from this pre. small stack goes AI, i reraise to iso and this guy min reraises = fold JJ. Unfortunately i don't give villains alot of respect in the early stages of a $4 180 because they are usually so bad. This was bad in that it narrowed his range down to prob just 3 hands, all of which have me crushed.


Poker Stars, $9 + $0.90 NL Hold'em Tournament, 10/20 Blinds, 9 Players Hand History Converter

MP2: 1,240
CO: 1,430
BTN: 1,730
SB: 3,090
BB: 1,540
UTG: 1,180
UTG+1: 1,780
Hero (UTG+2): 1,620
MP1: 1,430

Pre-Flop: (30) Jc Jd dealt to Hero (UTG+2)
2 folds, Hero raises to 80, 5 folds, BB raises to 140, Hero calls 60

Flop: (290) Kh 7s 8s (2 Players)
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (290) 9c (2 Players)
BB bets 180, Hero calls 180

River: (650) 8d (2 Players)
BB bets 180, Hero calls 180

Results: 1,010 Pot
BB showed As Ad (two pair, Aces and Eights) and WON 1,010 (+510 NET)
Hero mucked Jc Jd and LOST (-500 NET)

I definitly shouldve gotten away from this and save the 360 chips. What did i think i beat on the flop? sigh... i play bad. JJ was not good to me yesterday... i believe i lost with it 4 times.


I don't have the hand history on hand, but i was also reraised smallish from the btn in another tournament yesterday that turned out to be AA also. So generally smallish raises pre-flop = monster unless you have a read otherwise.


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