This is the 4th episode where DJ Sensei is on a tear through the fullring levels. He discusses open raise sizing and then some select hands from the $3/6 level.
Your fullring maestro, DJ Sensei, is starting with 20 buyins at 2/4 and using an aggro strategy, moving up (or down) through the stakes. This circus features HH review, HEM analysis and detailed breakdowns on opponents and specific strategies. Each episode will also briefly review Dan's progress.
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So, is it a fair statement that if you had simply folded your small blind and big blind every time, you would have tripled your money and win-rate for this sample?
No. The cost of posting the blinds is included, which is why its more or less impossible to have a positive winrate in the blinds. Over this sample, I lost almost exactly as much in the SB as I posted, and about half of what I posted in the BB.
Are you thinking here that your villain is considering the "gap concept" and tightening up his perception of your range?
I don't think the gap concept necessarily applies here. To the best of my knowledge, the gap concept only applies to calling preflop raises and being sure that your hand is better than your opponent's range. But I guess a similar thing is in play on the flop. His perception of my range should be pretty tight and strong when I bet out the flop, so he should simply fold everything that isn't a solid overpair+.
In the time link you are discussing raise sizing, and how it changed for you based on the 3/6 limit's 3betting being likely, and so you started min raising the button to open.
I have a question related to live 1/2 full ring games. Typically passive, very little 3betting, and lots of limping with strong hands, down to any two.
In the casino I play, my $12 open typically gets called by at least one up to 3, and with the cascade effect even occasionally more opponents.
I typically play a TAG style, playing fewer than 20% of hands.
My reason for raising larger than 3x:
1. They will call anyway, so why not
2. The stack sizes are such that even when they do draw out on me, they typically are paying too much for the privilage, and I console myself that when a $140 stack calls with his connectors vs my big PP, at least he paid too much to do it
3. My hands typically wind up being TPGK type stuff rather than those that can become much stronger flushes and staights.
I still limp with the speculative hands tho, and few seem to notice, or adjust.
So my questions:
1. Is my reasoning sound (at least for the time being, while I am learning the game, and getting used to post flop NLHE action
2. Once they start folding around, which happened today for the first time, would you adjust downward, to let the fish in? Or would you just continue to see 3 limpers, raise your hand from HJ to $12 and see all fold. (Once I noticed so many folds, I opened up my range, and just raised any Broadway or suited 1 gap + connectors. I adjusted, they never did, just kept limp/folding)
3. If you had AJs late MP, two limps to you, would you feel raising and getting folded back to you, winning 3 big bets is more valuable than playing postflop vs loose passive types?
I guess to make a long story short (shorter ) What type of result would be most EV for you with hands like AJ up to AKs, or TT up to AA?
I see pro's like you, who are very good hand readers, perhaps willing to give up some EV pre flop to get into post flop spots where you can get exponentially more money from poor players. Mortals like me, I wonder where the balance is. (knowing it will change as I improve post flop)
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Playing tight and raising big sounds just right for a small-stakes game full of suckers like those. If they start folding you can do a few things:
1) open up your range
2) decrease your raise size
When you combine both of those and get used to playing a wider range of hands aggressively, you're well on your way to being a more dangerous player!
Now, the choice between stealing lots of small pots and letting see a flop when I have a strong hand comes down to how bad they are postflop. If they're so bad that they'll stack off with one pair hands, you can afford to let them get there. But most of them won't, not to mention the fact that you shouldn't exactly be psyched about playing big pots with overpairs or TPTK when there are 4+ players in a pot that starts out small. Also it is hard to make strong hands very often in NL! So I'd prefer the painless thievery, generally. But realistically it will probably flow in cycles. Eventually they'll grow weary of your raises and fight back, and at that point it is upon you to tighten back up and enjoy the piles of money they'll throw at you when you actually have a hand.