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Hi there! - Tue Dec 17, 2013, 07:58 PM
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I'm new in the PSO and I'd like to participate in this promotion. Thank you!
 
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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 06:47 AM
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I'm new in the PSO and I'd like to participate in this promotion. Thank you!
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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 07:21 AM
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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 10:56 AM
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So, I manage to see the video.

I already played a few hands and was faced with this:



I think I might've went allin too fast, since I had such a strong starting hand.

This was played an hour before I eddited this post:



So, I see that I have alot of people going just for limp, with my hand and with my estimated amount to raise, I got that I had to raise around 700, I have 2720 so, 700 is almost 1/3 of my chips. I read in some guide on the website that if you have to raise for 1/3 of your chips you should go allin, and so I did. Should've I just raised the 700?

In between the waiting for the approval I read the contents of the poker basics course and passed the test.

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Thu Dec 19, 2013, 08:59 AM
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Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.

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Fri Dec 20, 2013, 05:36 AM
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Hi tjvomauricio,

Regarding the first hand, I think you played it very well

A typical betting size preflop is 3x the Big Blind, + 1 Big Blind for every limper, which in this case would be 8 chips. When Villain 9 makes such a large bet to 64 chips, s/he clearly likes their hand!

As you know, AA is the strongest starting hand in Hold 'Em. Normally I would not advocate going all in pre-flop as it would scare people off. However because V9 made such a huge raise, he is now very unlikely to fold to any raise, so you might as well get all the chips in the middle when you are guaranteed to be ahead (unless he also has AA of course )

As it turns out you got two other people to call with much inferior hands.

Don't be results orientated - you played the hand very well and got unlucky, that's the nature of poker.

Continue to make good decisions and you will be a winning player
 
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Fri Dec 20, 2013, 05:48 AM
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Now the second hand:

AQ is a very strong starting hand and I agree that you should raise. However we have 27 Big Blinds left in our stack, which is quite a lot of chips.

Like you say, I think the raise size should be to about 700, which is only a quarter of our stack, not a third. If we had about 2000-2200 chips (or less) left, I think going all-in would be the best play as the raise size of 700 would be 1/3 of your stack.

By going all-in with so many chips, you are likely to scare off worse hands while better hands such as AK or a pocket pair are going to call, which is unfortunately what happened.

You are taking in the lessons well and thinking a lot about your play - keep it up!
 
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Fri Dec 20, 2013, 06:15 AM
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Fri Dec 20, 2013, 05:24 PM
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Here's my first hand in real money and I got dealt AQo



since there was a raise and a call to that raise before me, I decided just to call as well and see what the flop would bring, at that point I knew my chances were little, so I just kept on checking and eventually I folded to the raise on the river.

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Sat Dec 21, 2013, 06:51 AM
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Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.

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Sat Dec 21, 2013, 06:44 PM
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List 3 reasons why a player may want to make a big bet?

1- To put alot of pressure on the opponents.
2- To bluff people off decent hands.
3- To protect against strong draws.
 
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Sun Dec 22, 2013, 11:39 AM
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Another AQ hand This is one of the most difficult starting hands to play well in Texas Hold 'Em because while it is a strong starting hand, it can easily get you into trouble.

Preflop you are facing a lot of action before it's your turn to act. Folding is out of the question. You can either raise or call.

I think if you chose to raise to try and isolate the original raiser, you would have to raise to something like $0.50, which is 25% of your stack. I don't think AQ is a strong hand to do this with. I would probably do this with AK or QQ+.

I actually prefer what you did - just to call and see what happens on the flop.

You played the flop and turn fine - if they're willing to give you free cards you might as well take them!

I can understand you not being too excited by the river card, as although it gives you top pair top kicker, it also completes a flush draw.

You have to call a bet of $0.20 to win a pot of $0.64. This means you are getting better than 3:1 pot odds. Even if you are only correct in your decision to call 25% of the time, you will show a profit.

See the Pot Odds and Expected Value Lesson for more details.

I would call the river bet as I would expect to have the best hand more than 25% of the time here.
 
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Sun Dec 22, 2013, 06:04 PM
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Thank you for the help with my hand. I really need to practice more the pot odds and ev.

I've now completed my test successfully, and therefore completed the 3 tasks proposed to me.
 
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Mon Dec 23, 2013, 07:31 AM
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So I lost my 1st 2$ in this hand:



I paid a raise of 1.4$, cause I really thought that with that flop I was ahead, according o his play pre-flop.
 
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Mon Dec 23, 2013, 07:33 AM
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Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.

He will do this within the next 24 hours and once it's been analysed I will advise on the next step.

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Mon Dec 23, 2013, 10:59 AM
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The standard raise preflop is to make it 3x the Big Blind + one BB for every limper, which would make it $0.12. You decided to make it bigger than this, presumably because you have the best possible starting hand.

I like this thinking, but as you start to play against better opponents, they will pick on up this change in bet sizing, so I think you should keep your bet sizing the same no matter what hand you have so your opponents can't pick up any reads.

I like the Continuation Bet Sizing on the flop. When the villain puts you all in, I think he could be doing this with a variety of hands, such as straight draws, flush draws, top pair, two pair, three of a kind.

You have to call $0.84 to win a pot of $1.59. Therefore in order for the call to be profitable, you need to win the hand ~35% of the time. You are ahead of all his straight draws, flush draws and inferior one pair hands. You are behind his two pair hands and three of a kinds.

Because there are simply more combinations of one pair hands and draws the villain could hold, I would also make the call like you did.

You were just unlucky that your opponent flopped a set which will only happen about 12% of the time.
 
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Mon Dec 23, 2013, 02:00 PM
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Fri Dec 27, 2013, 11:35 AM
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Am I playing this the right way or should I be less agressive since my kicker is not that high?

 
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Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:11 AM
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Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.

He will do this within the next 24 hours and once it's been analysed I will advise on the next step.

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Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:44 PM
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Hi,

I think as the main villain only limped in from early position and never showed any strength during the hand, you did the right thing in betting your top pair for value on three streets. However against more experienced opponents at higher stakes, I would probably bet the flop, just check the turn and bet the river in order to keep the pot a bit smaller.

However I think your bet sizing was a bit big. I think you should have bet 3/4 pot on the flop and turn, not full pot like you did. I suppose on the flop it doesn't make much difference but on the turn, this bet looks quite scary and will fold out a lot of the speculative hands that might call a 1/2 - 3/4 size bet.
 

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