Oh MY! What to do???

MrDaMan

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Curious how many of you would have played this. I'll post results later maybe in two parts. For now though I'd like to see some thinking other than my own.
Please :D thank you.:D


pokerstars Game #16125193668: Hold'em No Limit ($0.05/$0.10) - 2008/03/20 - 20:05:32 (ET)
Table 'Johanna IV' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: arco222 ($6.35 in chips)
Seat 2: playajpzy ($6.05 in chips)
Seat 4: mla~ ($2.05 in chips)
Seat 6: BuzzedLogic ($10 in chips)
Seat 7: xloripx ($3.90 in chips)
Seat 8: MrDaMan ($9.90 in chips)
xloripx: posts small blind $0.05
MrDaMan: posts big blind $0.10
OhSheBetZ: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MrDaMan [5h 5s]
arco222: folds
playajpzy: raises $0.20 to $0.30
mla~: folds
BuzzedLogic: raises $0.90 to $1.20
xloripx: folds
MrDaMan: calls $1.10
playajpzy: calls $0.90
*** FLOP *** [7d 4h 7s]
MrDaMan: checks
playajpzy: bets $1
BuzzedLogic: raises $1 to $2
MrDaMan: calls $2
playajpzy: calls $1
*** TURN *** [7d 4h 7s] [6d]
MrDaMan: checks
playajpzy: bets $2.85 and is all-in
BuzzedLogic: raises $3.95 to $6.80 and is all-in
MrDaMan: ?????
 
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I would have folded when it was $1 to me before the flop.

Had I accidently hit the call button there...

I would have folded when it was $2 to me after the flop.
 
MrDaMan

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It all seemed a bit too cryptic so I added the stuff until my turn decision, I haven't posted too many hand history's. I'll wait to explain myself later, just want to see some input.
 
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A raise and a reraise before it gets to me; I'd fold preflop. You're geting 1.5:1 pot odds and you're 8:1 to make a set. At best, with one opponent you're in a coin toss against two over cards, with two opponents, likely one of them has you crushed.
 
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I'm on the BB and the pot has almost 2.50 in it before it gets to me, I figure holding a small pocket pair I ought to see the flop, if it hits it could pay well.

Positive EV??

The flop is difficult and I've put my opponents on bigger pairs, no ones hit a set yet and the bet is only 2 dollars, with aprox 7 bucks, 9 if I call. I think it's cheap at 2 bucks and if I hit I "think" the EV is good.

Positive EV??

The turn gives me 11 outs, outside straight draw and the other two 5's can make me a full house, my opponents go all-in. Again is this positive EV?

Is this an automatic call? Am I overplaying this hand, giving too much attention to the math or not enough?

ChuckT, AlienGenius, LoDog am I stretching or should I have gotten out of this hand earlier?

I'm wondering if I can learn anything from this hand.
 
WVHillbilly

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It's a fold preflop.

You don't know what the original raiser is going to do. If he folds you're not getting the odds you need to set mine and if he 4bets you'll be forced to fold. Since he called you got lucky because now you do have the right implied odds to look for the set, but when you didn't hit it on the flop you have to fold. I figure you sucked out for a str8 (or folded but would have hit) here but you played the hand poorly.
 
KenFischer

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In a vacuum, if you think you can get all of their chips into the middle if you hit your set, then you have implied odds to call them pre-flop.

The problem isn't the fact that you will only flop this hand 1/8 times - you can easily fold the other 7 and get away from it, which is fine.

The reason I think you want to fold here is that if you make your hand, you can still lose to a better hand, and by the time you realize it, it's too late (because you have gotten all of your chips in the middle).

Against 2 random hands, you're going to win about 50% of the time if it goes to the river. Against their probable holdings, it's more likely around 20%.
 
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Yeah Hillbilly I won the hand, I'll go ahead and post it.

BuzzedLogic had pocket Aces and was mad as a hatter :mad: He went on tilt and was cussin up a storm, someone called support and they hushed him up.

Now, I knew that calling the pre-flop raise was chancy, and I knew the post-flop call was also chancy. But the positive EV kept me in. The turn I figured was pretty much automatic.

I kind of feel that even though I lucked out (sucked out) I played it wrong, but then some of my best profits have come from stepping out of the norm.

A LOT of my worst downward slide have come from the same, stepping out of the norm too. Which is why I thought I'd share this here and see if I can learn from it.

*** TURN *** [7d 4h 7s] [6d]
MrDaMan: checks
playajpzy: bets $2.85 and is all-in
BuzzedLogic: raises $3.95 to $6.80 and is all-in
MrDaMan: calls $6.70 and is all-in
*** RIVER *** [7d 4h 7s 6d] [5c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MrDaMan: shows [5h 5s] (a full house, Fives full of Sevens)
BuzzedLogic: mucks hand
MrDaMan collected $7.30 from side pot
playajpzy: shows [9c 9d] (two pair, Nines and Sevens)
MrDaMan collected $17.35 from main pot
playajpzy said, "bs"
BuzzedLogic said, "OMFG"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $25.90 Main pot $17.35. Side pot $7.30. | Rake $1.25
Board [7d 4h 7s 6d 5c]
Seat 1: arco222 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: playajpzy showed [9c 9d] and lost with two pair, Nines and Sevens
Seat 4: mla~ folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: BuzzedLogic (button) mucked [Ad As]
Seat 7: xloripx (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: MrDaMan (big blind) showed [5h 5s] and won ($24.65) with a full house, Fives full of Sevens
 
PokerVic

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I would've also folded preflop. That is a big raise preflop from BuzzedLogic.
 
WVHillbilly

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nh :)

You got VERY lucky in this one. Even on the turn you were slightly less than 25% to catch and win. You risked $6.70 to win $19.30. Play this hand the same way every time and you LOSE $$. So what you thought was +EV was actually -EV.
 
KenFischer

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So, knowing what they actually held, the numbers are easier to run.

All of this assumes that they will commit their entire stacks by the river.
Obviously that won't always happen, so you would need to calculate based on what you expect the final pot to be.

Before the flop, you can expect to win 16% of the time
You're paying 1.20 for the chance to win 15.95
(their entire stacks)
EV for calling pre-flop is:
(.16 x 15.95) + (.84 x -1.20) = + $1.54
Based on this, calling the pre-flop bet should be profitable, over time

On the flop, your odds of winning drop down to 11%
Now you are paying 2.00 for the chance to win 17.15
(their stacks, plus your pre-flop bet)
EV for putting in the 2.00 on the flop is:
(.11 x 17.15) + (.89 x -2.00) = + $0.11
This is barely break-even in a best-case scenario, and if you can't get every one of their chips in the middle, you will lose money by calling here.

On the turn, your odds move up to 24%
You are paying 6.70 for the chance to win 19.15
(their stacks, plus both of your other bets)
EV for putting in the 6.70 on the turn is:
(.24 x 19.15) + (.76 x -6.70) = - $1.34
You're losing money every time you make this call, no matter what the result is on an individual hand.


If you have the discipline to make the call on the flop, and then fold when you miss your set, then it's not a problem to do that. Once you stray from the plan, and keep drawing, you're going to lose money in the long run.
 
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Nice numbers Ken, but I still think it's a fold preflop because we don't know what the EP raiser will do. If he folds or 4bets our call is -EV. If we were closing the action preflop we can call but with the early raiser still to act we should fold.
 
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I agree completely - you have to know that the person left to act is just going to call to even thing about playing. Personally, I'd be folding as soon as that second raise went in, no matter what.

The main point of my second post was that if you somehow talk yourself into calling those raises pre-flop, you *have* to be able to lay it down when you miss. If you don't it's going to cost money.
 
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So easy, fold pre-flop i think it was T.J Clotier in Championship No-Limit and Pot-Limit Hold'em that said the three bet pre-flop is 99% of the time aces and i tend to agree evertime there is a raise then the re-raise im out of the pot unless i have AA (perhaps KK-TT if im against a maniac) myself.

glad you lucked out but yeah fold it after the second raise next time me thinks.
 
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Fold preflop - you're not getting implied odds and your hand is rarely best.

Fold flop - you're beat most of the time.

Fold turn - you're beat, and don't have odds to draw to the straight or the full house.
 
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ChuckT, AlienGenius, LoDog am I stretching or should I have gotten out of this hand earlier?

^^^^ Overrated imo :p

Once you have made the mistake on calling pre flop, why did you call the flop bet? You called pre flop to hit your set which you missed so you should have folded on the flop. Even if you put your 2 opponents on 2 overcards, a huge majoirty of the time, an overcard is going to hit the turn, so then what?

Fold every street
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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what on earth is "the positive EV kept me in" supposed to mean? throwing phrases like that around without any explanation really makes it look like you don't know what you're on about, i'm afraid. :)

it's an easy preflop fold, easy flop fold, and you're right the turn is automatic - an automatic fold for reasons already mentioned.
 
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what on earth is "the positive EV kept me in" supposed to mean? throwing phrases like that around without any explanation really makes it look like you don't know what you're on about, i'm afraid. :)

it's an easy preflop fold, easy flop fold, and you're right the turn is automatic - an automatic fold for reasons already mentioned.


Before you send him to the gallows, you might consider that he is getting conflicting advice in this thread. He is, without a doubt, asking for advice here and not making a case for this type of play.

ChuckT said:

"Fold preflop - you're not getting implied odds and your hand is rarely best."

While Ken said:

"Before the flop, you can expect to win 16% of the time
You're paying 1.20 for the chance to win 15.95
(their entire stacks)
EV for calling pre-flop is:
(.16 x 15.95) + (.84 x -1.20) = + $1.54
Based on this, calling the pre-flop bet should be profitable, over time"

The above statements are mutually exclusive.

Implied odds are precisely the reason this play shows a (very) high positive expectation in Ken's analysis.

Perhaps calculating his opponent's entire stack is misleading. Perhaps his implied odds before the flop are not all that grim. Perhaps a bit of both.


Either way I do not see his preflop call as his biggest mistake. I like it better than the call on the flop.
 
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as you touched on...

1) even if we flop our set we're not always going to stack one of them, let alone both.

2) there's no guarantee we won't get shoved on preflop by the original raiser and have to fold.

3) even if we flop a set and get stacks in we're not going to be 100% to win.

ken's analysis was somewhat... 'optimistic'.

besides, if we're bad enough to stack off here against two players with flopped second pair and a turned oesd on a paired board then we definitely should be folding preflop, as calling can't possibly be +EV.

edit: you're right - it's definitely not the worst part of the hand (the flop and turn calls are much worse), but it's still a bad decision.
 
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In an attempt to be more clear... I think calling pre-flop is a really bad idea. There have to be better spots to get the money in than this.

If you can manage to see the flop for only the $1.20 (it worked this time, but won't always happen), then it's not a losing call over time. There is still a lot that can go wrong, and no matter how much the numbers coax you to call, all of those unknowns make this a very risky gamble.

I agree that the numbers I posted were optimistic - the only reason I based them on the entire stacks is because that's what actually happened. Even though this is micro limit (where it seems to be more likely that the chips are going to the middle, for some reason) we can't count on that happening. You will need them to commit another $3.92 every time you hit your set, just to break even on all the times you fold on the flop.

If you don't fold on the flop, the situation quickly becomes much worse. There aren't enough miracle cards out there to cover the losses you will experience.
 
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@ drawingneardead and ken,

a) I'm not sure where you got '%16 to win' that from. We've got to assume we're playing strictly for a set since we're almost never getting our stack in postflop without one, so our chances of that happening are %12, or 8:1 against which of course both worsens our immediate odds and requires us to get better implied odds

b) we're not guaranteed the price we're getting. We're not closing the action, and the initial raiser might push.

c) we're not guaranteed to stack %100 of the time postflop. That's a huge assumption and it's skewing the EV calculation a lot too.

d) the smaller the pair we have the more inclined we should be to fold since there's the minute chance of getting oversetted, and the smaller our pair the bigger that chance. We should basically be looking for better pot odds as our pairs get smaller.

EDIT: e) ken, you're making these calculations based on us KNOWING the cards which is nonsense - we have to calculate it against a range. I know the method you're using actually supports my side of the argument (at least pf), but postflop we could already be dead or drawing very slim.

I still agree that pf is probably the 'best', or rather 'least poor', decision in the hand, but that doesn't make it ok. tbh I'm too lazy to do maths right now, but I don't think we're getting odds to call long-term. I'm very fatigued right now and realize I'm kind of contradicting what I've said in my other thread (my 88 being a 'correct' call), but I think there are significant differences between the two, mainly that I'm playing at higher stakes where players will respect a postflop move and the fact that I have position and can both extract value and make moves more efficiently.

EDIT: I told you I was fatigued. Dorkus basically said what I meant to say simpler and in fewer words. sigh.
 
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a) Taking 55 to the river against almost any 2 other hands will win at least 16% of the time. The only exception that I can think of is when one of the other two hands is also 55. I agree that the only way to play this hand (assuming you can close the betting) is to fold when you miss the set. I didn't think it was right to assume that (and the 12%), since he chose to continue when he missed :)

b|c|d) I agree completely.

e) Understand, but I couldn't find a range that seemed logical (in the context of the betting) that would worry me much with this board. I used the actual cards to make the point that even in the extreme case where you think you know *exactly* what they hold, it's still a bad play. Not knowing the cards just makes worse.

I think I'm going to sit back and be a spectator on this thread for a while. I can't think of anything new to add... except maybe going back and editing my original reply to simplify it. Something like:

Fold. Just Fold. Trust us.

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a) Taking 55 to the river against almost any 2 other hands will win at least 16% of the time. The only exception that I can think of is when one of the other two hands is also 55. I agree that the only way to play this hand (assuming you can close the betting) is to fold when you miss the set. I didn't think it was right to assume that (and the 12%), since he chose to continue when he missed :)

%16 to win if we're seeing all five cards which of course we're not. We have to assume we're going to most probably be facing more betting on the flop, and so the price we're getting now should only be compared to our odds of flopping a set, ie %12.

I think I'm going to sit back and be a spectator on this thread for a while. I can't think of anything new to add... except maybe going back and editing my original reply to simplify it. Something like:

Fold. Just Fold. Trust us.

:)

Well I'm not sure there really is much to add. Preflop was closer than I thought but still not a profitable call imo, but postflop is clearly fold fold FOLD! :)
 
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MrDaMan: I would be thinking in term of "no set, no bet" with regards to this hand postflop. Certainly when you are coming in on the bottom range of pocket pairs.

You would have taken down a great pot if you had hit your set there on the flop.

I am retracting my initial criticism of your preflop play, because it was a good investment. I would try to aim @ around %7 of total stack when looking to flop a set (not 11 OR 12%). This will allow you to release your hand (uninvested) when you miss. Also, if you are not particularly lucky and you miss 5 or 6 times, your eventual hit & (hopefully) double through will show profit longterm.

You have to release on the missed flop. Late made sets often put you in dicey situations. Got anymore good analysis hands??
 
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