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André Coimbra coaches Profess Awe, Key Hands 1

By: Profess Awe @ 21:45 (EDT) / 395 / Comment ( 3 )

So as promised first of several blogs reviewing key hands from my training session with Andre Coimbra where we went over hands from my deep run in a WCOOP $215 in 2012. The 2.5 hour session is available here, my idea behind blogging key hands was to save the long watch for some, to go into some more detail re some hands, especially as I can look at stats for villains. Also definitely useful to me going over this, so hope that others find it useful. I predict this could also be very long  Each hand gives time in video so you can check out what Andre says if necessary.
Let’s get started:


~4:00 K3s

So I sent the hand histories to Andre, then before the session have a look to see if there were any hands I butchered and the very first hand of the tournament I am doing something unconventional!

Given I don’t want to stack off on the flop with a nut flush draw I should really fold this hand pre. Andre is right in terms of position being very important so deep. I think check raising the flop is better if we are looking to build the pot and get a free card on the turn if villain checks after calling the check raise. The problem with the check raise is that I don’t think I am getting paid two more streets if flush hits on turn and if it doesn’t then I take the free card, so more often I am losing the pot on the river. The flop raise is awkward as I don’t necessarily want to build a huge pot where I only have 9 outs. So when I think about it I quite like the turn check raise as my flush draw is more disguised and I think I am more likely to get top pair off their hand here, although Andre wasn’t so sure. Definitely intention is semi-bluff. My line looks a lot stronger than the flop c/r, so in hindsight I quite like it.
Still a fold pre and I avoid this spot!

At 7mins there are a couple of late position raise and take it. Even early and deep I am reducing my opening size from the button as it will be no secret I am opening wider there. Cut off I 3x as button may call in position.

~8:00 A5s

Andre suggests calling a 3.5x with A5s on button, I would never have thought of doing that, whereas if I had a pocket pair I snap call. Makes complete sense to call looking to flop big or fold this deep. I need to get a number re implied odds with Axs to make it a profitable call. Anyone know?

~11:00 AA

We pick up aces and make a small 3 bet versus 2.5x open under the gun. Andre is quite right, this deep we both want to build pot and not give odds for villain to call wide. That said bet sizing is quite nice on river.

~12:00 That A5o open UTG …

There are two possible excuses: 1) misclick, I would have been playing a number of MTTs at the time so could have thought I was on a different table. 2) Stat manipulation: Sometimes early in an MTT I will open a hand from early and if I get to flop, will often not cbet it; this way I increase my early position opens, which are normally tight early in MTT and reduce my cbet % which is normally high. Probably the first though. However, the flop leads to a good Andre tip! I had never really considered the value in betting monochrome flops with air, but given our opponents need to hit relatively hard to continue then it makes sense, especially with a third to half pot sizing. I think it is important that villain is in SB and flop misses a lot of his range though. Villain has 2s proving Andre’s point!

~17:00 With TT

Andre suggests a thin value bet on the river, even though us holding hearts is unlikely, I think it is a factor that would lean villain towards a fold, if we did bet out. Some villains will bet looking to get us off that river, since it is pretty clear we have showdown value. So I think I prefer checking.

~19:00 66

Turn cbet is one to ponder, I think versus this loosie Andre is right that we aren’t getting better hands to fold so better to bluff catch. As it happens we got some value on turn and only paid off a small river bet.

~22:00 AQ

Villain is opening 20% early (although some stats might be after this hand) so 3 bet is definitely fine, particularly as we saw this min raise with JQs earlier and a call versus a 3 bet. Andre makes the sensible point that calling potentially brings in the blinds as well and definitely taught me the importance of remembering how villain played previous hands. On the flop, I like the suggestion of the bet as opener has not followed up with cbet, again smaller bet to try and steal.

~27:00 QQ

Andre teaches me a new term ‘pot sweetener’, definitely think that 700 is better size.

~28.00 AQs

I think this hand (as well as others) showed the importance of putting opponent on a more precise range and then going with it, I think I thought I was likely behind throughout the hand but Andre gives good reasoning for why many hands would have bet the flop and so there are probably enough bluffs to call that river bet. Also if I play like Andre and bet turn things may have gone better. On the video I sound unconvinced about it, but it does make sense. Stats on the villain show him not to be that aggressive (AF=1.6) and slightly lower than normal c bet (57%) so possible he had something on the flop I guess.

~33:00 44

Since this tournament a group coaching session I had taught me that rather than reduce opening size for antes, I should reduce in line with average stacks at the table, so these days like Andre suggests I would 3x. I used to reduce opening size just because antes had kicked in.
I also like just calling on this flop with such a dry board. Andre asks a great question, what am I bluff raising here? Nothing! So importantly our hand should look strong even to the guy who calls. By the river I feel like he has already gotten it in with JJ, 77 and we are trying to get paid by Jx and funkier holdings like QQ and 56 so I think shove is best.


Part two to follow.

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