Originally Posted by Fknife
Ok, first of all: thanks for sharing your strategy. Its good to hear others' tips and ideas, so you can always learn something new.
Alright, but what do you do if there is a really big raise (early/middle position) PREflop? Like 20x big blind. Or even someone goes All-in.
Unfortunately I learnt this the hard way, but at least I got it, and I no longer bother with Aces or Kings with really small kickers. I fold them straight away.
And some questions for you (and to those who would like to reply):
1. How do you play low/middle pocket pairs? Do you raise/call preflop with them ? Expect to make a set on the flop and fold if you dont or you try to make something on turn/river?
2. Is there any point in your game when you decide to slowplay?
4. Any point in going All-in at some stage of the game? What if somebody goes All-in and you are already "pot commited"?
5. How many tables do you play at once? Do you use any software to track your game/help you with decisions?
Ok first thing first, ill assume that we are still talking about cash game micros, right, if im in late position, and i face raise that big ill fold anything below QQ+ maybe qq too, then ill take a not of this player position, bet size, (bets that big usually dont mean really strong hand, take a note, look for some betting paterns, those infos are more important than that hand itself) then watch, in micros as i said there is always someone who love his money less then you do and he is willing to pay, look at the flop, note the next action, players who bet that bit could usually have hands like AQo, AJo ATo even any ace if you spot that kind of hands with a big raise, your JJ+ plus hand will kill those hands 3 out if 4 times, of course when you have enough info on that player you can 3 bet him but not really big like that is usual for normal raises (3 times of his bet) but more like 10BB more, this bet is more psychological that anything other.
Now to the questions
1. pocket pairs are hardest hand to play for any beginner because they are hand of moderate strength which dont have a lot of chances to improve, that is why it is the best to play them from the position, either by flat calling a raise or 2,5 to 3 bb raise in unopened or limped pot. The way i see it is that you should keep the pot as small as you can until you hit the set, sadly you'll hit a set in about 1 of 9 times 1:8 i think so to get the good odds to call you'll need either really small bet or more people involved, good thing with sets is that when you hit them you'll get a lot more money than you lost if calling preflop and maybe on the flop but fold to a turn so don't worry with playing pocket pairs, even if you dont hit a set just dont spend a lot of money, sometimes in a micro games your pair will have a showdown value because people will bet and bet with overcard even if they miss and miss on every street, but to take such a play you need a lot of info on your opponents and good reads...
2. i would never never slow play any hand that have any chance to be dominated till the river, slowplay is absolutely pointless in micros because most opponents don't mind to pay you even if they hit big time so by slow play you'll loose value to your hand, monsters are rare, real monsters, not pocket aces, i mean like flopped nut flush, full houses or even flopped quads... lemme put it this way, you have raised before the flop with Ak, get 2 callers and flopped AAK they both check to you, what would you do? check, minbet everything you do in that situation will wake an alarm in any close to descent player, you raised before the flop, flop is scary, whay would you do if you have missed that particular flop, bluff c-bet!!! C-bet but dont do some silly min bet to invoke a raise, of course someone will bite but what sound weaker larger bet, close to pot size or min bet??? if you wanna act weak act weak buy showing bluff strength if you get what i mean... Bottom line is, i would not recommend slowplay at micros without big big scary big flopped monster!!!
3. to bluff successfully you need good info on your opponents, good notes and good reads, you can never bluff a calling station, dont try, you can never bluff a guy inloved in top pair, dont try it, now when i think for the micro limits i would limit my bluff to c-bet on missed flop, 3 bet pre flop to a guy who attempt to steal, bet to a guy who raised pre, c-bet flop, check turn, check river... Again i pointing at John A book, each player type falls on different bluffs, it is crucial to recognize those type of players and when you understand how they think the bluffs will come by itself...
4. this question would be better explained in tournament structure with blinds raising in time, i would go all in in tourney when i see that my normal raise wouldn't have any fold equity or after a raise i would be pot committed at later streets, you guess now that this situation suggest that you are short stacked and need to do something, in that case i would shove any pocket pair and probably any hand that i would raise in normal situation. In regular game, with low blinds and in the cash game when you get yourself pot committed, you can be sure that you did something wrong, it can be not fully stacked before the hand, not considering effective stacks etc... dont get yourself pot committed!!!!!
5. i only play one cash table at the time about 100ish hands for about hour and a half, two hours, i dont have real tracker/hud, i participate at badbeat promotion and use their tracking to find leaks in my game.
Sorry for the late reply, I've started to writing as soon as i saw your post but we had guests and stuff, if i miss spell or made some mistake it is because of "Zajecarsko" beer