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MTT: Blind Defense Postflop Shortstacked vs Reg

Discussion in 'Hand analysis' started by Neo1186, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. Neo1186

    Neo1186 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2014
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    PokerStars - 600/1200 Ante 150 NL - Holdem - 9 players
    Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

    Hero (BB): 12.97 BB
    UTG: 14.46 BB (VPIP: 25.97, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 9.09, Hands: 259)
    UTG+1: 8.28 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 17.86, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 30)
    MP: 28.95 BB (VPIP: 24.18, PFR: 18.60, 3Bet Preflop: 12.12, Hands: 92)
    MP+1: 5.39 BB (VPIP: 23.53, PFR: 6.25, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 17)
    MP+2: 11.42 BB (VPIP: 21.05, PFR: 13.51, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 38)
    CO: 46.86 BB (VPIP: 27.52, PFR: 20.65, 3Bet Preflop: 11.00, Hands: 308)
    BTN: 24.8 BB (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 12.50, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
    SB: 10.15 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 16.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 6)

    9 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

    Pre Flop: (pot: 2.62 BB) Hero has Q:diamond: J:spade:

    fold, fold, MP raises to 2.22 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 1.22 BB

    Flop: (6.06 BB, 2 players) T:spade: Q:heart: 4:club:
    Hero checks, MP checks

    Turn: (6.06 BB, 2 players) 2:spade:
    Hero checks, MP bets 2.36 BB, Hero calls 2.36 BB

    River: (10.79 BB, 2 players) 5:diamond:
    Hero checks, MP bets 24.24 BB and is all-in, Hero???

    Well, so preflop we still can and should defend especially with hands that flop well like QJo, even though we are pretty short (7.4 adjusted bb). Opener is a Reg I assume.

    On flop we hit Top Pair, since we have the much weaker range there is no point in donking and we should expect a cbet often. I am unsure here if we should call a cbet or if we should just check-jam it? Problem with calling is that we often give free card if he checks turn, although flop is not super volatile. Anyway he just checks.

    On turn again unsure if we should bet ourselves or if we should check again. Board is not so volatile and I am not sure we are better than bluffcatcher here after his flop check? Maybe msitake to check turn? Well we did check and he bets very small and I guess we can not fold and because of the sizing I guess check-raising or check-jamming is less preferable than just calling? So I called.

    On river he jams and we have around 3/4 pot left to call. Turn and river pretty blank. If he is a good player I guess calling or folding at this point doesn't matter if he plays optimal. But unsure if in reality he is bluffing often enough with that line, but how can we fold good Top Pair?

    Overall unsure about strategy here. If we bet turn we can run into the strongest part of his polarized range on a pretty static board. If we play bluffcatcher then how can we fold good Top Pair on blank turn/river.

    Hand was before money bubble, but there were still like 30-80 players to bust I think. Buyin was like 80 bucks.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. Ghaleon

    Ghaleon Well-Known Member
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    Oct 30, 2013
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    Clear call preflop. I would never donk bet this flop. It just hits lot better for villain range. If villain cbets I would shove over. You have some straight draws that you likely shove so good to balance with this.

    In turn definitely leading. You can even shove which would be viable with some semibluffs also. Other option is to bet like 3bb and shove most rivers. As played probably still check-shoving. I think he calls often if he has like JJ or AT type of hands. He might also have some sort of AsXs.

    As played always check-calling river. Villain can be bluffing or value betting weaker hand. You are under representing your hand.
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