re: Poker & AQo
Originally Posted by Arjonius
Even if you assume he's opening less than his overall 17 from UTG, AQ is still ahead of his range unless he's down around 10. At 2nl, he's not likely to be very far below 17 because most people don't change their opening ranges much according to position. Of course, this assumes you haven't seen anything to suggest he's an exception.
So 3-betting here when you're ahead of his range and have position, certainly isn't bad. It's just outside your easy comfort zone. Part of improving is training yourself to make better decisions even when they cause you some uneasiness.
One consideration here is how loose the players still to act are. One of the reasons for 3-betting is to iso the opener. Also, while it's not very likely at this level, I wouldn't forget that if you just call, you not only invite more calls but also set yourself up to be squeezed.
Thanks for the advice, youre absolutley spot on about comfort zones, part of the reason i used to be a failure at cash (amongst being too loose), was that i would get bullied easily, or be too afraid to bet the right amount, for fear of people shoving or reraising. I realise of course that this is silly, odds
and maths should dictate my play at this limit, and if i get reraised, then it tells
me i'm beat (of course may be a bluff, but i cant do much about that without history and a solid read).
I am learning to be braver..