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Participating in reside $1/$2, Tony finds himself in an interesting circumstance. Villain limp/phone calls for $forty preflop (of course, you go through that the right way) and then decides to verify/min-increase us on the flop. With just Ace-superior, Tony has to make some major decisions with AK. SplitSuit examines the flop line, clarifies why getting overly-aggressive in this article can be a large leak, and digs into the price of “repping a hand” on the turn.

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29 comments

  1. This is what I thought the video was going to be about:

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  2. This is a terribly played hand

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  3. This is literally the epitome of a hand in which having A K sucks. These hands tend to kill me more because my perceived value of them causes me to hang longer than I normally would.

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  4. Great analysis

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  5. what does HAM mean?

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  6. I am honestly surprised by how many people would have preferred to check back the flop on this board. Seat 3 is clearly a fish since hes limp/calling 3bets UTG with T9o, meaning his range is extremely wide preflop. On this relatively dry board, even though it hits his range better, there is still a vast portion of his range that misses. Although its exploitative, I would probably cbet here with 100% of my range because I don't doubt that villian would call us with worse by floating overcards or weak draws, fold his junk hands which is a big part of his range, and hell play his strong hands rather straightforward by raising where we can easily fold. I hate the 3bet on the flop because fish never fold, and the turn shove is terrible because the one hand that is likely to call our 3bet on the flop that we were beating now is ahead of us (QJ). Once seat 3 min-raises I would strongly consider folding even given the pot odds. He's mainly likely to do this w/ sets (33,99,TT), two pairs (T9), or strong top pairs (JT,QT,KT,AT). Against that range were only doing decent against JT and QT since vs. KT and AT we have a lot of reverse implied odds once we hit our hand, and we are way behind sets and two pairs. Can you show where to submit some hands for analysis cause I have quite a few where I'm unsure of my play and that I need review.

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  7. 1) Great analysis as always.
    2) You are being too soft on this guy though. He has been playing nit for 6 hours with a mega fish in the table and then decided to lose 350bb like this?

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  8. as hes not folding 9x to a shove?!?! someone please explain

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  9. Thanks for the video! I think it's a good hand to check behind on on this board. I think his min raise, while giving you a great price, represents a lot of strength. His stronger bluffs like QJ and 78, have a lot of equity, and the rest is all value hands that are ahead of AK like two pair, Tx, 9x (dont like check raising with these tho). I would still call his check raise since youre getting 4.86 to 1 and against hands that you have good equity against , a few that youre pretty far behind, and a few that you may be ahead of.

    Q: If you call min raise on flop. (pot would be 293 on turn and and a SPR of like 2.2. ) and he bets 200 giving you roughly 2.5 to 1. (about 28% equity to call). Is that a clear easy fold? I think fishy player's ranges are pretty value heavy facing this action and against two pair we have about 9% equity. Against top pair we have about 15%. QJ made top pair. KJ hit a straight. So I guess I would say the best option is definitely just to fold especially on a queen. Although Queen hits our range (we will sometimes have QQ), it also hits his range. Sometimes we will have KJ, sometimes we will have QT, or T9, so I think with AK its probably a fold. I'd definitely just check behind on flop. Then probably call donk lead on turn since we pick up equity and the queen hits our range (unless he over bet jams 4x pot or something ridiculous) Then i'd probably fold river to any bet unless he bets tiny, then i'd probably just pay him off.

    just want to hear your thoughts on it.

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  10. Love watching these simulations and hand evaluations. Love poker so much. It's the truest game of intellect I'm aware of. After observing a hand today and using much of what I've learned from Splitsuit and his awesome advice, I felt like the players hands were face up on the flop, turn and river. It was easy to read based on all the action. I even groaned when I realized the hero appeared outdrawn and sure enough, his top two pair was destroyed by a donkey chasing bottom pair. It was an incredible moment for me that demonstrated I truly have gained so much from each of these videos. Thank you so so much James Sweeney! You're books are going right next to Harrington and Supersystem and if your books are half as amazing as the videos, it'll be well deserved.

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  11. Live poker pro tip: When someone check min raises you there's about an 80+% chance they're going to check the turn, and a damn near 0% chance they're folding to a 3 bet.

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  12. Following your advises, with all due respect, is going to lose very cent. you ignore the time when a fish makes a hand, and it is going to cost you A LOT

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  13. the first hand: when you have the JUNK, don't say the word junk, OK?

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  14. Hi, SplitSuit! Welcome back. I was afraid you were gone for good (not because I'd know, but I don't really follow you and hadn't stumbled upon your vids for a time) 😛 I'll send you an email, but expect sub-par value because I'm tired, sorry. Else, liked vid(like everyone else)

    Question 1. Do you think, "The Fish" would fold KT and AT other than KTclubs, ATclubs vs the turn bet?
    Question 2. Do you think, the check-minraise then call 3bet OTF indicates that the fish has overpair+ (overpair, set, or the unlikely 2p T9), or do you think the fish simply CRs calls because he's a fish disregarding that the raise is like 80% overpair and 20% bluff like now (assuming hero is tight, these could be ~decent ballpark)?
    Question 3. I don't see games like this much on Stars, is this a live game in discussion?

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  15. The Poker Bank The problem I´ve experienced playing against such loose passive players is that they´re usually pretty good in estimating situations when they´re beat. Like for instance they call with 8,7s oop and the flop comes an ace and you bet, they would just automatically fold! So it is very hard to make a lot of money against such a play style in the long run! Would you agree or is my assumption a little bit off?

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  16. Great hand/vid, James! I 100% agree with you!

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  17. Seat 3 great Play preflop?

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  18. As if you should even consider bluffing anyone who'd limp call a 20 bigs 3 bet pre lol.How the hell did you get an 8 minute video out of that??

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  19. How many royal flushes have you had so far?

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  20. The underlying theme in this hand is that "Hero" had no respect for Seat3's potential holdings. A check-raise MEANS SOMETHING! Could be bluff, but sure enough it meant EXACTLY what you'd think: Top-Pair or better. "Hero" was cocky, and tried to body-slam Seat3. Got what he/she deserved.

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  21. Damm I am so happy seeing these videos back:O

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  22. If you wanna rep an overpair on a Q high board and play balanced. You can bluff all AKo off but not AKs and AKo. Just a fun fact 😛

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  23. Great hand review, my judgement is a bit more harsh & in depth on this one, dont agree with flop CBET & 3bet or Turn shove but despite all the previous streets "errors/mistakes" I would add that if you check the turn behind and second Q pairs the board, you give yourself a higher chance of repping that overpair as a bluff on the river, the hand has been played like hero had AA or KK (given the level of aggression & rapid pot geometry increase on early streets) which makes an easy call with 2 pairs oop for 2.7/1 when you can logically have QQs as only legit value bet hand on that turn, everything else represented is behind on turn, from AcKc to JJ for an open ender(he can drastically decrease your 99s & TTs from your range) & raising to a 300 3bet on the flop said "I have AAKKQQJJ" and took off the range – sets of 33s, A10s K10s KJs & KQs which would have all been hands you wanted in the range to better rep that bluff if river went your way as a nuts J for value or board pairing or clubbing for bluffs.

    My honest review is: prime example on how to awfully overplay an Ace high from the button without thinking of someone's range, actions(logical or not) or best possible outcomes depending on cards to come.

    Checked back the flop, 3x raised opponents bet on the turn (or just flat – nothing wrong in not showing more aggression there) only to give yourself more options on the river seemed like better options – can rep flushes if club hits, a J or 8 puts 4 straight on a board (makes it scary for sets to call unless reading skills are Negreanu level) – because you 3bet preflop, AQ and even 33s can make sense on a huge river bet/raise/shove.

    Hope hero learns from reviews and hand analysis because it was a costly mistake where position + agg were not used profitably. There isnt a single +EV play or any fold equity on any of the streets – however the scenario was so perfect to nickle a decent pot with AirJordan in Rivertown! – Keep it up James!!

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  24. Despite being s very aggro player, I think this hand should be an auto-check back on the flop.
    a) You have much better bluffs with better blockers and less show down value
    b) You have the backdor nut straight and flush draw, so you can start betting on a chekced turn like a Q, J or any heart
    c) You can improve to top pair and start value betting big against a fish

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  25. When a fish mini raise you and call your reraise, it's not to fold on the turn on a less than pot size bet. The hand should have stoped with the miniraise… Why would he not check the turn? It's a brick, only QQ gets there as you played, he beats all the rest and should give you the rope to hang yourself.

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  26. This is such a great hand to check back on the flop. As played, there are much better hands to 3bet bluff the flop with, such as QJ/KQ type hands. Also, flop 3bet size seems overly large, as our value hands have his bluff catchers in horrible shape so no need for protection really.

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  27. Dont like the 3 bet on flop
    Dont like the 200bb shove on turn
    as played, if hero decided to 3b the flop, check back the turn, the queen came, it's more reliable to represent AA/KK/JQ/KQ by moving all in IP

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  28. It's one of those interesting hands where you don't hate that hero got aggressive, as it's something that not enough players do at the start of their careers – but have to begrudge their bet sizes and the moments they chose to be aggressive in.

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  29. I agree with James' analysis on the flop. the 3 bet is highly questionable. it makes a lot more sense to call the c/raise and evaluate the turn. I also like a flop check back a lot as well as we have a lot of good turn cards to barrel and the 3 bet caller has a range advantage in this board, as we found out at showdown.

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