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Poker Workout Wednesday #2 – Playing the Established





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30 comments

  1. King on turn?

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  2. If I was in this position I would just check
    Checking with three people behind you someone is bound to raise
    And if they don't on the flop you can make it look like your trying to push them off the hand

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  3. Very impressed by the format. Not surprised you performed well at the WSOP. I like the PDF download play along. Looking forward to how this develops, as I understand how seriously you take the game in a psychological approach.  Much love so far…

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  4. If she had a large pocket pair, wouldn't she be betting into the pot if we checked it? To me, that's the same value as starting the betting.

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  5. Obs #1 & #5: As Blake pointed in description and obs#5, Linda is a recreational player who don't care much about refreshing her full stack. She's here to have fun in this cozy and friendly environment.
    Obs #2: Looks like Linda is getting a hand who worth calling in position but not strong enough to 3bet. Her fold on that flop indicates me that her hand was not strongly connected to that flop, holdings like (A6s, A7s, AJs, J10s, QJs, KJs) – with no heart, 22 to 55. She's aware that her hand is very vulnerable on many turns and rivers so she's wise enough to not adventure in later streets.
    Obs #3: 10 hands is a lot considering live play runs like 15-20 / h. So she plays loose.
    Obs #4: All those 10 hands played in 1h of her presence were not top holdings so she limp/call because her fear of been raised. (there is no info about her trapping preflop, nothing funky)
    The Hand: Linda opens very small, 4bb with 2 limpers but is the first time so this must be a premium hand. I will not bet the flop first to act. The flop is to dry, if Linda has like 99 to AA he will bet against 3 players who checked or maybe anyone else will bet defending a 9 agains 3 players. The think is… if i bet, i don't think they will call the later streets, unless they catch a str8 witch is bad for me :D. Obviously i would like to get action on 3 bullets no matter the result but the odds are slim.

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  6. Holy shiet. This method of teaching is genius. This is like poker university, and the way u approach it like assignments is brilliant! I get so focused in and get to compare my answers with urs!

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  7. I am enjoying these Wednesday series and learning a lot. Look forward to a video on the psychology between men and women at the poker table. One of the reasons I like to play is not just because I like poker so much but also to observe the great variety of different behaviors at the table.

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  8. i think we should check raise to get the pot bigger, for example, of we lead and she calls, if the turn is an A, and she has JJ-KK, maybe she wont call the allin

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  9. Great video keep up the good work I would also build the pot to get the most value.I put her on high pocket pair as well.

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  10. agree with the analysis. Lead betting is the right play. If she rarely raises but plays a lot, she's loose passive (likely also station). If you don't take the betting lead here, she could size her bets smaller or even check behind the turn or river because loose passive players tend to not be good at extracting max value.

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  11. The more i see more people argue that checking the flop is a better play the more i feel like laughing it loud. let me be more logical and state out what is the pros and cons of d betting here check with the intention of raising or check calling . what is the pros of D betting here , it allow the limper if they are calling station to have something to call our bet e.g A9 9x pocket jack also it might also induce a raise from Linda to so call protecting her overpair, she might have it she might not. A9 will call the d bet it might not do a raise himself , 89 ,79, 78 is going to call the d bet here but unlikely to do a bet here. so by betting it allow the limper with a 9 with a draw to come in while linda if having a overpair might choose to raise it to protecting her so call overpair. even she didnt raise it most likely action from her if she has a pair she is not folding in that spot. lets say check with the intention of check raising like i say those limper with a 9 will likely call a bet but its not going to bet. if we check limper check linda bet and we check raise now , our hand look very strong altho there is a chance we might be semi bluff . now the limper most likely have to fold now and we let one person with a 9 run away . after our check raise when we want to bet the turn and river linda might be more careful now. now talk about the last option check with the intention to call and trap , if linda bet we call and limper call , we are letting linda set the price if linda is setting the price as high is good for us because we wanted to get her whole stack in by river, what if she decided to bet small or if she think that her overpair is good if she bet and someone check raise her she feel that her overpair is not good and she dont know what to do and she decided to check it back. we will be losing tons and tons of value. the only way to build a big pot up is thru betting and raising , if we miss one street of value in a deep stack game is our own fault for playing cute. altho linda stack is not very deep with less then 100 bb , even we miss one street of value we can still possible put her whole stack in. To address someone talk about d betting into 3 person look strong , in poker is about balancing , if i have 78 over here i will d bet it out hopefully some weak player will fold their 9x hand to me or fold some lower overpair to me . even villain fold a pair of 6 to me is good when i have draw, i going to miss my draw most of the time.

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  12. Thanks so much for mentioning the male/female drama in the poker table. I'd LOVE to watch a video about THAT!

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  13. for me it doesn't make sense to donk bet the flop? surely we just check and allow linda to c-bet or bluff multiple streets as opposed to betting this flop and allowing her hands to fold as she rarely hits this flop

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  14. Love this series so far great way to compare though processes.  If you have time think about making a follow up video to each of these that discusses some of commenters thoughts.

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  15. In order to stay unpredictable & for times where you want to see turns cheaply the check raise should be used from time to time in these spots

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  16. I would check the flop, with two limpers and kinda in the pot she is going to raise it providing she has a over pair. you want to keep the limpers in the hand and hope they hit a card on the turn. check call linda's raise you are ahead going into the turn.

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  17. Thanks for your video and homework!

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  18. If Linda is the kind of player who cbets too much with overpairs (which is possible), check/calling is also an interesting option. Let's look at the following scenario
    – It gets checked to linda and she cbets 65$ into the 82$ pot
    – we call and one of the limpers calls behind with his 3.3:1 odds
    The pot is now 277 (55.4 BB) and linda has 240 (48BB) behind. From this point on it is fairly easy to stack linda and possibly another player.

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  19. I agree with you. leading is better. Donking doesn't always mean strenght. If she holds AA, KK, QQ she can easily put us in a draw and 3bet us in the flop. We can easily have A9 or TT in that flop. It is very common in live play the player who holds the top pair (in this example the 9) to bet for "protection". A check raise in the flop in my opinion screams a set in that flop with no draws.

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  20. I disagree with your line. In your analysis you have suggested betting into Linda, which would be a good line if it is heads up. In this scenario we have 2 additional players who act inbetween us and Linda. In my experience, we can build a bigger pot at 2/5 more often by checking and allowing Linda to make a continuation bet. Since we are next to call Linda's, the passive players see the growing pot are more incentivised to stick with the hand just in case they get there. If we bet first, we can chase those players away. This board isn't all that draw heavy, except for maybe 7 8, so i don't see a need to protect our hand.

    Of course this really depends on our reads of the 2 passive players. Are they passive timid or passive calling stations?

    On the turn we then have the option to taking the betting lead for the same reasons you outlined, as the probability of those extra players sticking around decreases so heavily. The advantage is now we have a larger pot.

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  21. Lindas in her late fifties? Shes definitely not tight…

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  22. i will have two option over here the first one will be bet bet bet , trying to size my bet in a way possible to put my whole stack in hoping she cant lay down her Over pair , or i can choose option 2 check raise , bet bet . i am putting her on overpair , the issue over here will she bet in the flop with overpair, if i check raise her will i look to strong to her?

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  23. I'm betting this flop into 3 players 100% of the time, I like your description a lot of live players miss these key facts about the type of person there opponent is! By betting this flop you can size perfectly to jam turn and rivers depended on board run outs! Even know we are never folding our holding here! I don't think we should ever balance our range here against these live players that clearly don't care about your cards! They see there hands and let's control the pot!
    Blake I think your awesome! Followed you for good few years!! Looking forward to more videos hopefully with tougher spots than this one!

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  24. I don't particularly like psychology or college, but would love to take your college course on psychology.

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  25. I understand that this video is targeted for beginner player, but it's still a great format to get people thinking. Thank you!
    In my opinion, both a lead and check-raise have merit. I agree with your analysis that given Linda's player type, the preflop raise indicates premium holding, which I see no reason that Linda wouldn't bet if check to. If our goal is to build a big pot, check-raise gets the job done better. Again, given Linda's player type, whom like to see a lot of flops, she is going to call the check-raise almost 100% of the time with an overpair.
    I generally check to the preflop raiser in multi-way pot, and when I decide to lead/donk, I would chose my range very carefully. If we are only leading with sets in this spot (9 combos), and not mixed in bluff like 78s (4 combos), our opponent would exploit us by folding often. I don't think Linda is observant enough to do the exploitation in this case, just something to keep in mind playing with tougher REG.

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  26. "All we know is she is late fifties and female, does not mean she is tight, does not mean she is loose."
    If all I heard was that, I would conclude that Blake is a disgusting pervert.

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  27. why do we bet here ? We're betting into 3 people out of position it kind of if screams strength and what do we do with other hands in our range like QJ off, 10x suited type hands or when we don't flop a set and this is a pretty dry board not a lot of hands would continue .. shouldn't we check with almost 100% of our range because if Linda has a hand like 10's plus she's going to c bet and maybe even with AK, AQ suited type hands where as if we lead into 3 other players and one player calls she might fold AQ, AK . and if it checks through don't we want someone to turn a better pair better than a 9 or a flush draw and get value from hands that would've folded the flop ? I think we should check 100% of our range

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  28. thanks, Blake. I like the format. Question: are we discussing bet-sizing in these? This seems like the ideal situation to bet big because Linda is going to be very inelastic given her presumed range and observed playing style.

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  29. both times assignments had me flip flopping just for the fact that you were asking the question. thats the weakest part of my.game. I think myself out of pots that are straightforward

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  30. I love these

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