Saturday, July 9, 2011

Using Position to Win Pots

Using position to win pots in poker
This is actually going to be two hands. Both are from NL2 again. And both illustrate a similar point.

Take advantage of weak play

Things to note:
  • All villains are nits.
  • I am in position in both hands.
  • Nobody has shown any interest in the pot by the turn (read: nobody checks twice with a good hand).

  • I take down both pots with a very small bet.
  • I profit a not insignificant 21.5 big blinds in total.
This kinda stuff can really help your winrate in the long run.

Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 8 Players

BB: $0.98
UTG: $0.81
UTG+1: $2.13
MP1: $4.94
MP2: $1.77
CO: $2
Hero (BTN): $5.05
SB: $2.01

Pre-flop: 3 K dealt to Hero (BTN)

UTG folds, UTG+1 calls $0.02, 2 folds, CO calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.12, 2 folds, UTG+1 calls $0.10, CO calls $0.10

Flop: ($0.39) 6 4 7 (3 Players)

UTG+1 checks, CO checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($0.39) J (3 Players)

UTG+1 checks, CO checks, Hero bets $0.20, 2 folds

$0.39 Pot ($0.01 Rake)

Hero WON $0.38 (+$0.26 NET)

Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 7 Players

Hero (BTN): $10.33
SB: $3.24
BB: $2
UTG: $1.40
UTG+1: $1.66
MP: $0.71
CO: $4.05

Pre-Flop: A 5 dealt to Hero (BTN)

4 folds, Hero raises to $0.06, SB raises to $0.16, BB folds, Hero calls $0.10

Flop: ($0.34) T J 9 (2 Players)

SB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($0.34) 4 (2 Players)

SB checks, Hero bets $0.20, SB folds

$0.34 Pot ($0.01 Rake)

Hero WON $0.33 (+$0.17 NET)

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  1. Dude you just wiped my stack out on stars. Arghhh, i had pk KG's and you hit 8's. I should have known when you played back but oh well. It's late here. lol.

    I just cant work out why i keep losing my money, ive got everything a except pre flop aggression on that poker table ratings, i cant put my finger on it dude, have you any idea what could be going wrong?

    Good luck champ.

  2. That's supposed to be pocket kings and every 'A'

  3. Hi Mick,

    Thanks for dropping by. I remember the hand. I would probably raise a little more preflop to charge the setminers (I think you made it 3x from EP)

    I wouldn't worry too much about what PTR says about you. That grading thing is mostly a bunch of nonsense in my opinion. I never use it.

  4. Hello BlackRain79,

    I wanted to ask you a few questions about ptr since you hate this site (right ?)so you are probably well informed about it (right ?)
    What has been done to fight against ptr and what can be done ?
    And what about the option of hiding your stats ? Do you think it will at least exist one day ?
    There's a bunch of threads in a bunch of different poker forums that discuss about it but I think it's annoying to read since so many people post that there's a lot of nonsense, a lot of pointless post. So maybe you can advise me and tell me which threads contains the most valuable informations ?


  5. Hey Spiter,

    I don't hate PTR. I just think that they should offer an opt out option like every other tracking site out there does.

    I don't know anything more about it than anyone else. I emailed Stars a little over a year ago and they said that they were actively working on it. Obviously it wasn't an important enough issue for them.

    Ultimately I don't think there is anything that can be done about it and its probably not worth worrying about anymore.

    PTR runs their business in direct violation of the TOS of every site they track. They also provide sensitive information against the wishes of many of their users. People with morals this unscrupulous tend to have enough problems of their own in life.

  6. Is there a stat which can identify players that use this play?

    I play a live $1/$2 game where there is a reg who almost _always_ bets the turn when it's checked around on the flop - and I float him every three hands or so and bet the river to take it away and it works (so far).

    I can identify people live that do this because I play with them a lot; online the pool changes faster so... is there a stat that would likely point out this kind of player?

  7. I would probably just look at aggression factor as individual street stats will take a lot longer to become statistically reliable.

    That said, you probably aren't going to profit longterm by blindly floating OOP and hoping he doesn't have anything on the river. Remember, money flows towards the button for a reason.