Originally Posted by alvinpe
Guys, I need tips on how to do this things.
-Re-steal more against late position stealers. (exploit the fact that their stealing range is wide)
First, you need a way to distinguish someone who steals a lot in late position from someone who doesn't. If someone "steals" 8% of the time from late position, they're not stealing, they are generally playing stronger hands. If someone steals 35% of the time, the majority of the hands they're playing are not strong. Those guys you can re-steal from - i.e., raise their bet with a non-premium hand. If they re-raise, you fold - but a good deal of the time they'll fold, or call and fold to your cbet. Be careful about doing this if there are other players left to act, and keep in mind that good tourney players change styles throughout the tourney, so you have to infer from the stage of the tourney what they're doing.
- Isolate/punish limpers. (Exploit the fact that their hand range is weak)
If someone limps in front of you, they probably are not holding a strong hand like JJ+, AQ, or AK - they probably have a smaller pair, a weak A or K, or suited/connected cards (or they're playing ATC). It will be difficult for them to continue if someone raises behind them and they miss the flop. So raise behind limpers, if they continuously fold preflop you can do this with close to ATC - if they don't fold to raises preflop but do fold a lot to cbets on the flop, you can again do this with close to ATC. The preflop raise also discourages the blinds and players behind you from playing the hand (hence "isolating" the limper). Obviously this is easier to do if you're on the button than any other position - if you're UTG+1, this isn't easy to pull off.
- Float ABC TAG players with a wide range with plans to steal post-flop/post-turn. (Exploit their c-bet and give up/fit or fold post-flop tendencies)
You didn't ask about "fit or fold" - but it's important. Newer players in particular (and many more experienced players) tend to play their hand rather than the situation, so if they make a hand on the board they continue, but if they don't they fold. Cbetting these guys is fantastic. If they continue past the flop, they liked their hand for some reason, and frequently you can infer what they liked (this is part of what Lizzy was referring to as hand reading skills - is it a pair, a flush draw, straight draw, etc.). If the flop didn't hit them, they fold to your cbet immediately. Since they're easy to read, your reactions are pretty easy to map out (they raise, you fold unimproved - they call, you evaluate your situation). If they cbet the flop, they rarely cbet the turn - allowing you to take the pot (this is called floating, where you call a flop bet intending to take the pot on the turn - again, your cards are less important than what he thinks you have).
What do you mean ABC TAG players?
A player who plays premium hands for the most part, and act conventionally. Since these players are acting conventionally, you can infer their holdings fairly easily. A TAG player who raises preflop is generally holding 88+, AJ+, KJ+ depending on his position. Since this limits his holdings, you can evaluate the flop fairly easily to see if it helped them or not. A 7 high flop generally doesn't help an ABC TAG, as an example. They will also tend to cbet the flop, but may give up on the turn if the board doesn't help them - allowing you to bet and take the pot. Conversely, if the flop has 3 broadway cards, don't stick around when they cbet unless the flop helped you - too likely the flop helped them more than it helped you.
How do you isolate limpers? and what does that mean?
How do you exploit c-bet?
The flop hits your hole cards roughly 1 in 3 times. A player who cbets 80% of the time was not helped by the flop a significant amount of the time they're cbetting. On a very dry board (952r, for example) it's very unlikely that a guy who raised preflop was helped by the board (because, if he's an ABC TAG, he likely raised 88+, AQ+). When he cbets, he's either cbetting a pair or something like A high. You can call the cbet, and if the turn doesn't look threatening, you then raise his turn bet (or if he checks the turn, you can bet the turn). It's great when you're holding 55 for a set, but if he wasn't helped and doesn't have a strong pair, it really doesn't matter whether the flop helped you or not, nor what your cards are. Note again that position is critical here - this is much easier to do if you're last to act instead of first to act.
Thank you in advance