re: Poker & Question about a hand.
Originally Posted by Zelenn
This is great information! Thanks for replying. I took notes actually.
If I am understanding you correctly, I should be playing more aggressively. Instead of merely doubling their current bet, I should be at least 3 betting when I have a decent hand (betting for value.) If I am then reraised, then I can take this as an indication that the villain has something decent that probably pairs well with the board and my next question should be "What hand could he have that goes well with this board? And what hands am I able to beat?"
I assume that the correct play at this point is to reraise his reraise IF I think I can beat the best hand he could have? If he then reraises me again I can take this as an indication that he probably has the highest hands within the range I have him put on? If so, then it follows that if the Turn or the River brings a card that matches well with the highest range I have him put on, but doesn't help me any, then I should strongly consider folding if he continues to reraise me? Unless of course I have the nuts and simply can't be beat, which is possible but unlikely.
Be more specific as to WHEN you are asking about raising and 3-betting....
Preflop with your hand, open for 3x~5x the BB.
If villain 3-bets you, it is up to you whether you continue IP (in position) or not.
Since we have K-Q, I would might call a 3-bet IP, but I might not. We should always be paying attention to what villain has done in the past, so we can accurately put him on a range.
However, 3-betting is generally not a bluff at these stakes.
I am really saying regardless of the results, these are the things I would have done differently.
We don't raise for info. We raise IF we think it is possible we have the best hand. We re-evaluate if we meet strong resistance.
I really am not that great at advising in spots such as this. I wish someone else would offer some input as well.
However, if you still have more questions, fire away. I will answer them to the best of my ability.
But be specific when you are talking about 3-betting as to what street, spot, etc. The blind is 1 bet, a raise is 2-bet, and a reraise is a 3-bet.
On the flop a bet is 1-bet, raise 2-bet, etc.
I am just saying this not because I think you don't know, but merely to make sure we are on the same page.
Now when I say 3x or 4x, I mean if you open (raise) preflop, make it 3 times the big blind. If the BB is $0.05, raise to $0.15 would be 3x. However, in micro cash games, I raise to 4x or more depending on villains and all that.
Now if there are limpers, a good formula is 3x + 1BB for every limper.
So if you are on the button with a good hand, and there are already 2 limpers, $0.15 + 2BB ($0.10), so open for $0.25
We are doing the raise to isolate people so we don't have to play a 5-way pot. And also for value because we are opening with a decent starting hand.