re: Poker & I invented a new short stack cash play strategy
Originally Posted by Fahrenheit451
Yes, I am aware of this and mixing in sometimes a limp or minimal raise with top pairs. Which brings me to next question:
How to play top pairs ?
Cause villain can have 2 pairs or set which I cannot know of.
Or he can make a straight or flush which I cannot know for sure ?
This is when you got to start taking notes on your opponents hand range:
1# Did they limp? Have they limped in the past with strong hands or speculative hands?
2# What position do they play certain hands from?
3# Their preflop betting size, their 3 bet sizing, post flop bet sizing.
4# How do they check/bet their draws and etc?
5# Are they a trap player or do they rush to get it all in on the nuts?
Those are just a handful of things to think about when putting someone on a hand. That way you kind of got a good feel as to whether they flopped 2 pair, a set, top pair top kicker, flush/straight draw etc. If you play in position that should hopefully even give you more information as to what they have. If they check or bet a small amount out of position they could either be weak or checking to see if you hit the flop. If you raise and they 3 bet you on the flop... and they rarely bluff, alarms should be going off in your head to either fold or precede on with caution in hopes of hitting a better hand on the turn/river.
Just watch out for those sneaky guys. Someone had AA UTG and raised 3x or 4x BB can't remember, I call from BB with KQs. I flop KQ two pair. I check out of position (don't want to donkbet) they bet on the flop. I don't snap call, I just slowroll for about 5 seconds and then call. Turn comes and it's another K. So now I have KKKQQ on the turn. I check it again. They shove on the turn with their AA, and I happily snap call with the absolute nuts.
Long rant above! Anyways: If you are worried about two pairs, sets, straights, flushes, boats, and etc... control the pot to what you are comfortable with. If you only have top pair don't go crazy and start making pot size bets unless you know you have the best hand. If you have an ace high flush, control the pot if the board has two matching cards on it. You don't want to go broke to someone slowplaying a boat or worse quads. Straight flushes are just nasty not much you can do about those.
Also coolers are going to happen. Just deal with them. I had a boat with KKKxx, and someone hit a straight flush on the turn. I have moments where I flop a set on the flop and the other person flopped a bigger set on the flop. It's not common, but those are cooler moments. Rebuy and press on!