$10 NLHE STT Bounty Turbo: Owning a maniac in a 9 man KO SnG on PokerStars

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fundiver199

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Having a maniac on your direct left can be a bit of a nightmare, since you are not going to be able to pick up any easy non-showdown pots, and you are going to be playing out of position most of the time. Sometimes though it can also work out to be a very profitable situation, as it did for me in this 9 man turbo KO SnG on pokerstars. Just to give an idea of the player type, in the last hand HUD-stats on the opponent was VPIP 53 / PFR 23 / 3-bet 18 over 45 hands. Clearly not an average run-of-the-mill TAG to say the least.

Hand 1
Flopping top set always makes life nice and easy. If he cold called my 3-bet with 76 and flopped a straight against my top set, then congrats to him. He was not quite that strong though.

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Hand 2
Same hand 99 again and same opponent. This was a much tougher spot obviusly, since far more hands had me beat. Against a lot of opponents I would fold the river, but against the maniac I felt, I was good often enough to call him down even here right on the bubble. His sizing also made me think, he was trying to draw for cheap on the flop and turn, and then when his draw missed, he wanted me to fold on the river. Turned out that read was spot on.

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Hand 3
Flopped OESD with two overs and went for a check-jam on the flop, figuring that I am never going to fold here, and maybe - just maybe - this could occationally make the maniac bet-fold a better hand like A high or K high. Turns out I was doing it for value though, and the maniac was the bubble boy, plus I collected his bounty.

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Now please fell free to comment. Anything you would have done different in the 3 hands, and how do you feel about being out of position against a maniac? Do you love this situation, or is it something, which like me, you find pretty hatefull in general :)
 
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I don't love having a maniac to my left since whenever I try and stick it to him, it happens that he actually has it that time. But looking how perfectly you read his plays and smelled his bluffs, makes me think I do something wrong. You played very well all hands, I love the jam in the last hand.
 
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You need to know how to cook this maniac. And you can double up by knocking him out
 
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