February 16, 2010

Full tilt changing player types

I think one of the changes as a result of full tilts responding to the 20bb shortstacker, by increasing the buy in, has been the slight increase of 100bb reg type players. This could be fixed limit players moving over to NL, and players from other sites coming to Full tilt. I have no stats to back this up, but am guessing that its likely.

As a result of this, today I sat at a table with 4 aggro players, levelling each other and getting into some serious Fancy Play Syndrome. Generally I try to avoid these alpha male type battles, as they tend to be high variance and probable neutral EV in the long term.

But I couldn't help myself, as virtually every pot was 3bet preflop or CR'd post flop, and I wanted to see some action.

Here I raise with AQs and get called by a poor player with 9% 3bet over 150 hands.

$0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em Cash Game, 6 Players
Poker Tools by Stoxpoker - Hand Details

UTG: $100 (100 bb)
MP: $160.25 (160.3 bb)
Hero (CO): $101.50 (101.5 bb)
BTN: $117.15 (117.2 bb)
SB: $112.75 (112.8 bb)
BB: $388.80 (388.8 bb)

Pre-Flop: Hero is CO with Q of hearts A of diamonds
UTG folds, MP folds, Hero raises to $3, BTN folds, SB calls $2.50, BB folds

Flop: ($7) K of spades 7 of spades 3 of clubs (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $5, SB raises to $18, Hero calls $13
When he check raises here to such a big amount, you just have to think what he has that he could be doing that with. The only hand I can think of logically is As3s, which has 42% equity v AK, KQ, KJ, being holdings which I could easily have. I think this guy is 3betting his small and medium pocket pairs, but even a set is not CRing to such a large amount I think. I think he is bluffing or semi bluffing more than half the time......as it just doesn't add up.
Turn: ($43) 4 of diamonds (2 players)
SB bets $24, Hero raises to $80.50 and is all-in, SB folds
The blank on the turn allows me to shove over his half pot bet, where even a hand like KT or KJ will struggle to call. But I am pretty confident he had complete air on this board.

Results: $91 pot ($3 rake)
Final Board: K of spades 7 of spades 3 of clubs 4 of diamonds

Making these plays isn't that easy, as it involves confidence in your hand reading and putting your stack on the line, but you do have to adjust against aggro regs, and it can be very profitable.


  1. Excellent play, but don't you think you would benefit more from playing at a better table?

  2. yes, and i never normally would do that. i am the ultimate bumhunter. unlike mr ivey, i dont have to play against the best to feel fullfillment. i just want to win the money, thats how shallow am, and where my fullfilment lies.

    i was just in the mood for it this time, and as i am not playing that much at present, i tend to just try stuff out, maybe just playing 2 or so tables, and really taking the time to think things through, for when i do get back into a routine.

  3. That's definitely a cool approach to the game that other aspiring players should emulate, as far as playing few tables when trying out new things. IMO, too many people are so quick to jump into mass-tabling and stagnate a lot of potential growth.

  4. You do a great job of reading your opponents, both their playing types and their actions in individual hands. Nice play. And cool blog.