Episode Four: Big Bluffs. Watch and learn how Dan and Vanessa spot weakness and use a variety of types of plays to dominate games. Structured discussion of metagame, implied threat, and, as always, the importance of hand-reading. Not for the faint of heart.
Join DJ Sensei and Vanessa Selbst as they think outside the box. Hand after hand of unorthodox, tricky and engaging play for the small stakes No-Limit player. Bid goodbye to ABC poker but be careful not to spew!
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great series so far. It is very well explained, and the few times I object to something said it is quickly answered so I can see how it is a more optimal line or a viable alternative. Can't believe I've been playing so much without having seen this, really gives me an idea of what lines to take as well as how to adjust to regulars and fish
Not much more to say about that -
It's mostly intuition based/frequency based etc. I got the feeling he would try to play back at me enough of the time where getting it in was profitable, since he doesn't have to fold that often for me to have the right price with my flush draw. It wasn't like I was 100% sure, but it's just one of those spots where people hate getting pushed around, they see a board you're likely to steal on, and decide to play back. Definitely very opponent specific.
Sorry I don't have more to say on that - I hope it helps.
After the hand you say that you want to avoid spots where your represent your hand as polarized, "as nuts or nothing". Is this only for situation where you bluff? Since for valuehands I find the best way to get paid from a mediocre hand when you 'only' have a good hand is to play them as 'nuts or nothing'
E.g. QQ slowplay it preflop and call a raise IP. Flop J95 PFR cbets I call turn 5 (puts a FD out) PFR cbets again and I call. river 6 (completes flush and unlikely straight) villain checks. In these spots to get maximum value I try to represent "nuts or nothing" even though I have a valuetype hand since I can then get called by JT or even T9 that would fold to a normal valuebet. So I overbet pot just slightly on river and often get called by mediocre hands...
Is this the wrong way to play these hands? Should this tactic just be used against good aggressive thinking players? Is there a more profitable way to play them?
I beleive she is talking about avoiding polorizing river bets with air because people seem to call down these types of bets.
Usually polarizing river bets go along with scary board textures & weird action. Since most people aren't betting these boards and spots that thin (if at all) hands get weghted to nuts or air. Villains are then inclined to call down lighter. Because of this, the middle range of hands get more value.
V's hand is about getting value by making your bluffs look less bluffy. Your QQ example is about getting value by taking bluffy lines with hands that you would like to get called.