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Not getting value - Sat Oct 18, 2014, 05:05 AM
aReJay007's Avatar
Since: Sep 2014
Posts: 13
Playing at 2NL and failing to get value for my premium hands (AA/KK).

I probably have a fairly aggressive image at the table. Anything I could be doing better here?

Sat Oct 18, 2014, 12:06 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,809
Hi aReJay007!

Anyone that limps big hand is not going to have an aggressive image, they will be labeled as passive by everyone at the tables. When playing hands, I want to be making the same bets, regardless of what my hand is, as this helps to conceal the strength of my hand.

Preflop, I need to make a standard raise, which for me in this situation is to 6 cents. I then need to make a standard value bet of 1/2 pot on the flop.

I do not ever want to open-limp. This is a very weak play that is easily exploitable by the opps, especially a knowledgeable opp.

When players make abnormal plays and bets, they basically turn their cards face-up to an observant opponent and due to this, I need to make every action that I take in a hand follow a consistent line. As soon as I'm not consistent, that will raise a red flag to an observant opponent and my big hands will not get paid off.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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Mon Oct 20, 2014, 03:49 AM
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Since: May 2012
Posts: 2,079
I very rarely slow play big hands, you lose too much value in the long run. About the only time I will slow play is if an aggro fish opens and it folds to me and I am closing the action and I know he will fold to a 3 bet but c bet almost 100% of the time.

I especially don't like limping the sb with AA because the BB will play back at you with a much wider range than normal. I always size my sb open bets a little larger because most of the time I am stealing and I am going to be out of pos. the rest of the hand, so I would keep my sizing the same for my monsters. For me in a cash game I size my hj co to 2.5x and my button to and my sb to 3 or 3.5x depending on what I can get away with.

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