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/May/2013

Beating up the regs

By: Profess Awe @ 17:41 (EDT) / 1568 / Comment ( 2 )

 One of the things that put me off cash games was the idea that regs would pass around money amongst themselves, but mainly target the fish, like the scene in Rounders where all the regs are feasting on the tourists in Atlantic City:



But my recent training has focussed on using stats to both identify my leaks and identify those in players I have a decent sample on, ie regs. Cash games become a lot more interesting when I am not just thinking which 2 or 3 players do I want to isolate but how can I make money off the familiar faces.

So without further ado I take the 3 regs on IPoker I have the most hands on, protect their identity of course and using Holdem Manager identify their leaks and how I will take aim and fire at them in future.


Villain 1
Interesting that the guy I have the most hands on is losing! I suspect like me he is up after rakeback, rake races and bonuses. Still these are the regs to take money from.
He’s playing 14/9 with a 6% 3 bet. Not bad on the face of it. But we delve a little deeper and see he raises unopened 9-11% early to cut-off; since he cant adjust to position I will attack his early raises and leave his cut-off alone. Flop c-bet of 86% and turn c-bet of 47% - I’ve seen worse, but definitely a contender to raise more of his c-bets and float more. He 4 bets more than average so I need to tailor 3 bets to value hands versus him. His W$SF is lower than most, given the amount he bets and aggression, assume he is bluffing often. Likes a check raise, so cannot always assume that check means can steal pot.


Villain 2
Is winning but is doing it straightforward TAG so easier to take advantage of than loser above. Is opening cut-off as much as button, so I should start attacking and calling wider from button vs his cut-off opens. This one c-bets flop a lot too (81%) but given turn c-bet is higher than villain 1 (56%) I would attack c-bets with a raise more. He folds to flop c-bet 55% and turn c-bet 75% - double barrelling is gonna be winning. Unsurprisingly he doesn’t fold on river, if he makes it that far he has it! Really high fold to 3 bet, so I should 3 bet more yay! This guy check-folds post flop a whopping 82% of the time – assume if he checks he doesn’t want the pot.


Villain 3
Is playing 11/5 and only 3-betting 2%. So if he only 3bets JJ+ and AKs that makes it easy to play against that. Wow, he never folds to a 3bet! Need to go to value town here, surprisingly he is 4 betting a bit … This could be great: I 3 bet 5% so I am probably one of his targets to 4 bet back at, but now I will only be 3 betting his nitty range! This one has a lower flop c-bet (75%) and higher turn c-bet than (67%) than others – this would be a very poor floating candidate. Has a low fold to flop c-bet but high fold to turn and river c-bets ie he is floating a fare amount (makes sense he is floating lots so to counter others using his move he double barrels more) so more double barrels needed from me and he seems to believe the triple barrel.  Finally has a ridiculous steal from SB percentage of 70%!
Villain 3 in particular I have been losing a bit too, this makes some sense now given above – I was probably floating he and attempting light 3 bets as I would the majority of players.

I have done this to help me of course, I now have certain specific lines I know should work versus these three who I am often sat with. Holdem Manager did a lot of this for me, so is something anyone with software can potentially do. Any questions please comment below.


The one thing I need to resolve is how to organise this information. I think I will try typing notes in the software that is framed in terms of what I should do eg for villain 2 ‘3 bet and call wider on button vs cut-off’. Looking forward to attempting to attack their weaknesses as I continue to try and address my own.

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