re: Poker & Playable hands in the blinds
Originally Posted by Weregoat
Youshould have bet your top pair on the flop. You just gave KQ runner runner straight, JT running two-pair, AT a few turn to make top two, AJ runner runner to make top two, as well as 9Q and 78 running cards.
Also I don't like the call preflop. You're going heads up with the 2nd best ace. Why not raise the pot so it's worth betting when your ace or queen hits?
I agree w alot of this.
A few things to think about when deciding whether to play out of the blinds:
1. Are you ahead or behind opponents range of hands? Let's say you have a loose aggressive player who opens the button to 3xbb. AQo is way ahead of the range of hands he'll do this with. Let's say you have a very tight passive player who opens utg to 3xbb. AQo is behind his range of hands.
2. What kind of opponent is this? Gambler? Agg? Passive? Good? Bad?
3. If you're ahead of his range, you want to play the hand. If you're behind his range, you only want to steal his opening bet (or his pf open + his flop bet) if you're playing at all, you don't really want to play the hand.
4. If you're ahead of his range, and he calls or raises 3bets, by all means 3bet. If you're ahead of his range and he folds to all 3bets, you may or may not want to 3bet (i.e., you can make money off of him postflop). But here's a key thing to think about - in the blinds, you're out of position, and playing out of position sucks. I'm much more likely to 3bet than not oop, unless villain is a lagtard who I can count on betting postflop.
5. If you're behind his range, obviously folding is perfectly acceptable. If you feel he'll fold to a 3bet frequently enough to justify 3betting (regardless of your hole cards), go for it.
6. If you 3bet and he calls, you need to have a general idea of what you're going to do on the flop BEFORE the flop is dealt. It shouldn't be "I'll bet if there's an AQ on the board and check/fold everything else" - if that's the plan, you shouldn't 3bet pf without strong confidence Villain will fold to the 3bet. So I'm not comfortable w the statement that we want to build the pot pf so we can bet when an A or Q hits - that is throwing money away. We want to build the pot pf IF we think we can make money on the hand because we're ahead of Villain's range whether or not an A or Q hits the board.
7. Calling from the blinds is usually (not always) a mistake. 3betting or folding is usually better.
Check/raising this flop is perfectly reasonable - bummer that Villain didn't cbet (remember that playing oop sucks, this is one reason why). I'm definitely leading the turn though.