This is a discussion on $2 NLHE 6-max: UTG with 9/10s within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; I won this hand so it feels right, however i wonder if I were too aggressive raising from under the gun? Your thoughts would be
You only won the hand because no one called. What if the button had AK and called what were you going to do on the flop? How is your game post flop? We generally want our tightest range to be UTG and we get looser as we gain position. Your hand is very loose for UTG.
Hello there Stil370 how you doing? Thank you for posting this question!
It is okay to open strong suited connectors from the UTG in the 6-Max Cash Tables, either regular tables or zoom tables.
However, it is better to do so when you have clear information of the player in position in relation to the UTG or MP.
It is good to play, open raise, these suited combos when we see a recreational player in the blinds (SB or BB) that we might want to play with it.
There are many scenarios where we don't want to open T9s from the EP. For example when there are too many passive players who love to call preflop in the CO or BTN.
There are potential squeezor's ahead, so you gotta make a hard choice when the aggressive player is in position in relation to you, if you elect to call or fold. If the aggressive player keeps his aggression postflop, maybe it is a good ideia to call a little bit more with suited connectors to try to trap the player in position.
However, when a decent player 3bets us in position, or even out of position we need to reevaluate the possibility of opening medium suited connectors, that either could be dominated by a TAG's/NIT's 3betting or calling range, or that could put us in a situation postflop where we are going to be outplayed for a best player.
We see that in the given scenario we stole the blinds from the EP. But we must remember that we are not stealing from the EP. We open from EP to be called by a recreational out of position that could be overplayed by us.
The best positions for stealing are the Cut-Off and the Button, because we have less players to speak ahead, thus, more equity to play a wider range most of times.
There are scenarios where it will be okay to opan a 76s from the UTG. But, if you are a beginner like me, I strongly recommend you to play the ABC game from Early Position: (EP = UTG and MP). Play tight. Avoid to open hands like ATo, AJo for example, who seems very strong but there many scenarios where we would not love to play it. We are opening from the UTG 15% hands at maximum. Once in while, we are going to wider this range a bit, but not so much.
I don't see any point in opening a 54s, a 43s from the UTG or MP.