Your Questions About Poker Table Tops Folding

George asks…

POKER – Multi-table Tournaments advice?

Ive been playin for about 5 years and have studied theory like a degree and seen alot of hands. I grind out a good profit on sit n go’s and cash game but every tournament (9 seater) seems like im playing holdem in an omaha game. eg. I just played one played about 20 flops without hitting (at all) Got JJ, riase before me, i call , one other caller, flop 249. Caller go’s all in, Pre-raiser moves all in, i fold, raisers kings win. Then i raise AJ on button, 2 callers, raggy flop i bet half pot to be met by raise, i fold, pair wins. I then try stealing with position and they hit and let me know about it every time, My stacks now down 2/3 blinds get big and get QQ, all folds to my small blind, i call $100, big blind calls, flop 269, he raises 300, i go all in, he shows 96. Im giving examples because this happens every time with the same hopelesness, so it cant be bad luck, what am i doing wrong? Ive read all the top books including harrington 1,2,and 3 and still i feel im doing something wrong. Any advice or great books you can recommend for tournys will be much appreciated.

admin answers:

Well let’s look at these examples. The first thing you need to keep in mind is that two pair is the average winning hand in holdem. In the first hand you have JJ and there’s too much action for you to stick around and this was a good fold. In the second hand I seriously question this bet. I don’t like c-bets generally although I will use them here and there but too many players blindly throw chips out and in most cases it isn’t justified. You’ve got to compare betting with checking here and checking is often the better option. This is really a stone cold bluff here and you’ve got to treat it like this. With the QQ you’ve got to ask yourself whether this player would go this big with less than what you have and the answer is probably not. So another case of your getting money in the pot when you’re behind.

All 3 of these hands should have been folded and you’ll do a lot better by settling down and thinking these things through. You’ve got carelessitis here which leads to bleeding money 🙂

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Sandra asks…

Quick poker question, did i play this right nd just get unlucky again?

Playing 220 person MTT £10 on Absolute poker.
Pays 27 and about 2 and a half hours in i have 14,500 and am in 6th with 60 left
I decided to tighten up a bit and save it for the final table
However after the break i lose it all in about 25 hands and cash in 27th

These are the hands i went broke on:

J10 suited in late position flop comes J,8,3, call small bet on fold to one opponent (which much biggest stack) then fold to big bet on turn

AJ 2 hands later, down to about 13,000, blinds 600/300 bet 2450, same player raises all in instantly, i angrily fold again, he shows AK suited

AJ suited in position, raise 2450 again, same player again raises me, somebody else instantly calls, i again angrily fold, AA v JJ

Down to under 9000, next hand QQ, smaller stack goes all in for about 3500, i go all in, no callers, he turns over AK, flop gives me a queen, but also gave him club flush draw which he rivered.

down to under 5000, AJ again Under the gun this time, i raise half my stack, 2 fast callers, then guy who raised me with first 2 hands listed above goes all in. AGAIN i fold (thinking i just need to cash now) he did actually have AA so was the correct fold.

Think i did anything wrong? or just got a flurry of hands you must raise with (AJ) but cant call a big stack shove with, and lost a crucial coinflip AK v AQ, they way i think about it is that if it went differently instead of being short stack i coulda been chip leader, i was never scared to bet with my good hand but never called my money off in a bad spot as he showed me he dominated my AJ twice, the only hand i might have been ahead in was the first one when i folded top pair weak kicker, everyother hand i was definatly dominated
All good answers, thanks guys

Upon review i think there would only be one thing i would change, this being only calling on the flop with the J10, i should have raised to see where i was at. However i think i played those AJ’s alright, big blinds worth stealing and if a small stack shoves with A10/77/66…ect i cn win big, think i was just unlucky to have the largest stack raise me on both those hands

admin answers:

As you discovered, AJ is a hand that is often dominated. It’s not a “must raise” hand, except in late position when folded to. It’s not even a “must play” hand. If you feel you must play it (I know exactly how good it looks), you need some luck to win. There are those who may think you need to be more aggressive with AJ preflop, and those who think less aggression works better. That depends on who your opponents are and what their range is. And, BTW, these particular hands were actually dominated, but sometimes when others see you fold after a preflop raise, they will use that information. So be doubly careful.

On the JT hand, had you made a reraise on the flop, you might have won the hand right there. A small bet is a sign of weakness (sometimes) and it’s worthwhile finding out. At the very least, you would have defined where you stood. Don’t make a play like this often — the rarity of it will have more impact.

The coinflip was what it was. I assume that going into what will likely be a coinflip, you accept the possiblity that you will lose. No fussing allowed — and I don’t see you whining, anyway. Good.

Under the circumstances, looks like you made some really good folds in there. You could have busted out on any of them. So I think you should congratulate yourself on making it into the money at all with this unlucky run.

Nancy asks…

poker questions can anyone help?

1. 5/10 NL Holdem. 6 handed with 1000 stacks. You’re UTG at an ultra aggressive table with 44. What do you do?

Fold

Limp in and fold to a raise

Limp in and call a single raise

Raise

2. Calculate the number of ‘outs’ opponent 2 has to outright win the hand given all players have moved all in on the turn:

Opponent 1: QCQS Opponent 2: KC7HOpponent 3: 9H9S

Flop:
JC10C9C5H

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

(14)

3. You’ve just won a freeroll for $18,000 and decide its time to jump stakes and play professional poker. Is a 18k bankroll enough to play $10/20 NL Hold’em in a live casino?

Yes

No

4. 5/10 NL Holdem. 9 handed. 2000 stacks. You’re in the cut-off position with 6h6s. UTG limps, a player in middle position limps as well, and you call in the cut-off. The button raises to 70, everyone calls including the BB, UTG, middle position player and yourself. Flop is:

JH10H6C

BB checks, UTG bets 90, middle position folds, you call, button raises to 450. BB pushes all in, UTG thinks then folds. What do you do?
Fold

Call all-in

5. Given the following scenario which of the following opponents is favored to win the pot?

Opponent 1: QDQH Opponent 2: KSQS

Flop: JS9S3D
Opponent 1

Opponent 2

6. 10 man table. 5/10 NL with $1000 stacks. Under the gun (UTG) who is playing extremely aggressive straddles (its a live game) to $20. You’re in middle position with TcTs and raise to $70. It folds around to UTG who promptly re-reraises to $200. You opt to call.

Flop:

AC8C3C

UTG checks rather quickly and you decide to check behind him.

Turn:
5s

UTG leads out for $80 and you flat call.

River:
9d

UTG thinks for a second and bets out $150. Whats your move?
a) Fold, its likely your beat even though pot odds are high

b) Call, you’re opponent is extremely LAG and your getting great pot odds

c) Raise, represent the big ace and try to get your opponent to fold

d) All-in, you’ve put your opponent a big ace and you think he’ll fold to a shove

7. Floating is a common tactic that involves calling your opponent on the flop with the intention of bluffing them on the turn and/or river. In order to ‘float’ your opponent successfully what are the 2 most important factors?

Small stack size and a tight table image

Small stack size and position

Average stack size and early middle position

Large stack size and position

Large stack size and a tight table image

8. Tournament. 300/600 blinds with 220 players left (top 100 pay). You’ve got 30,000 in chips. It’s folded to you on the button and you raise to 1600 with10h7h. Both blinds call.

Flop is:
8C6H2H

Blinds check, you bet 2800, small blind raises to 7500, you call. Turn is:

4C

Small blind pushes all-in for 8500k

What’s the best move?
Fold, you’re beat and the odds aren’t good enough

Fold, odds are likely there but if he has a higher flush draw you’re dominated

Call, the odds justify the call

Call, because odds aren’t quite there but you’ve got plenty of chips

9. You’re in a 10 man sit-n-go with 7 players left and the blinds are 200-400. You have 3600 chips. Everyone at the table has about 3500 chips. You’re in middle position and it is folded to you.
You hold:
QH8H
What should you do?

Fold

Raise

All-in

Call

10. 6 man table. 1/2 NL with $200 Stacks. You raise on the button with:
7S7C

The bb calls and your heads up to a flop of:

KS6H2C

Big Blind quickly checks. Is this a good flop for you?

Bad, If he has a King your drawing to 2 outs

Neutral, you will win about 50% of the time on this board

Good, you will win most of the time on this board

admin answers:

1. Limp and call – since you’re ultra aggressive your implied odds are huge

2. None, he has 9 outs – 2 queen’s for a straight and 7 for the flush (the 5 of clubs will give the 99’s a full house)

3. No. An answer above mine explained making the correct amount of money per day to be successful (what kind of freerolls have 1st place price of $18K?)

4. Call all in definitely. You have the 3rd nuts, and chances are they won’t catch their straight, flush, or even full house (if they have 2 pair on flop).

5. Well the KsQs has a 56.1% chance of making a straight, flush, better pair so I’d say the KsQs, although knowing my luck I’d lose with it every time.

6. I dunno, him checking quickly on the flop suggests a draw, perhaps the nut flush draw, and since you’ve checked twice he might think you were drawing too. I’d call, since you’ll still have quite a healthy stack left if you’re beaten.

7. I know what floating the flop is. I think you’ve made an error; in order for it to work, you must act after your opponent has, so I’d say your position factors are irrelevant, I’d say it’s a tough decision because with a big stack and a tight table image, your opponent may think you’re using it to your advantage and trying to steal. With the short stack and tight image, the same concept applies. I’d say a tight table image with a medium stack size.

8. I’d say that you have 15 outs – 4 9’s for the straight, 8 outs for the flush (excluding 9h) and since you have an over card, if he’s not on a big pocket pair you have three more outs. You have a 34.1% chance of hitting by river, and that’s if he doesn’t have a bigger flush draw. It will cost you 8500 (not sure why you had the ‘K’ in there) to call, with the pot now at 28,300, and it will cost you 8500 to call. You have a BEP of 30%, and since you have a 34.1% chance of making what you consider a winning hand, you are getting the correct odds to call. I personally wouldn’t, though.

9. Well what kind of image do you have? I’d fold; you have an average stack AND you won’t have position on a caller, and what will you do if you get raised? You’d have to fold and then you’d be known as a limper. You could turn this around, though, if you get AA or KK the next hand and you do the same; someone might put you all in thinking you’ll fold.

10. Checking quickly is usually if someone hasn’t hit, or is on a draw. I’d would say, though, that this is the most common ‘reverse tell’, so I’d but about 2/3 of the pot sized bet out. If he calls, and then an Ace or another scare card comes, if he bets, just fold it; plenty of more opportunities.

Wow this is the longest question I’ve ever answered! Good luck, kid.

Mary asks…

full tilt poker… question?

in the ‘sit and go’ table..
what does ‘make a deal 0/9’ mean?
its on top of ‘fold to any bet’..

admin answers:

With the newest client update, all tournaments are designed to allow final table “deal making”. A “deal” is a request to halt the tournament to readjust the prize pool to account for the current tournament chip counts. Mainly it’s used to reduce variance in large Multi Table Tournament payouts. For example, lets say there are 2 people left…1st place is $14k and 2nd place is $10k and the two remaining competitors are roughly equal in tournament chips. So both players can hit the “make a deal” button, the tournament will then halt, one player proposes that both players get $12k…both players then hit an “agree” button, then the tournament would automatically end.

So I am assuming the 0/9 is the number of players currently requesting to discuss a deal. In Sit-n-Gos, I doubt much deal making will occur, unless they are just trying it out for kicks.

Mandy asks…

Please Help me with this poker iq test?

ingle table tournament. Blinds 200-400. You have 1600 chips. The average stack at the table is 6000 chips and you’re in the small blind and it is folded to you.

You hold:
AH10H

What should you do?

Raise

Call

All-in

Fold

# 5/10 NL cash game. $1,000 stacks. 6 handed. You are in middle position with:
AHKH
A loose aggressive player UTG raises to $40. You re-raise to $130 and he calls.
The flop is:
3H4H8C
He checks and you bet $185 into the $280 pot. He check raises all-in. What should you do?

Call

Fold

# 6 man table. 5/10 NL with $1500 stacks. A loose aggressive player in middle postion makes a raise to $40 and your on the button QcJc and re-raise $120. Your opponent calls the raise and the flop comes:

The Flop:

AD5C4C

Your opponent leads out for $120 – You raise to $300 and your opponent quickly calls.

The Flop:

AD

Your opponent fires out a bet for $550. Whats your move?
Raise all in, you’re getting great implied odds on the river

Fold, Your opponent likely holds a big hand and your only drawing to a flush

Call, Your opponent likely holds a big ace and you will likely take his entire stack if you hit a flush

Raise all in, it’s even money and potentially a large pot to win

Disconnect, see the river for free

# 6 man table. 1/2 NL with $200 Stacks. You raise on the button with:
7S7C

The bb calls and your heads up to a flop of:

KS6H2C

Big Blind quickly checks. Is this a good flop for you?

Bad, If he has a King your drawing to 2 outs

Neutral, you will win about 50% of the time on this board

Good, you will win most of the time on this board

# Tournament. 300/600 blinds with 220 players left (top 100 pay). You’ve got 30,000 in chips. It’s folded to you on the button and you raise to 1600 with10h7h. Both blinds call.

Flop is:
8C6H2H

Blinds check, you bet 2800, small blind raises to 7500, you call. Turn is:

4C

Small blind pushes all-in for 8500k

What’s the best move?
Fold, you’re beat and the odds aren’t good enough

Fold, odds are likely there but if he has a higher flush draw you’re dominated

Call, the odds justify the call

Call, because odds aren’t quite there but you’ve got plenty of chips

# Your late in a MTT tourney with a 100k stack and average is about 120K. Your table image is tight aggressive and a loose aggressive player from early position raises to 15k (2k/4k blinds) and a player in middle position raises to 75k.

You’re dealt these cards on the button:
JCJH

What should you do?

Call

Raise

All-in

Fold

# 5/10 NL Holdem. 9 handed. 2000 stacks. You’re in the cut-off position with 6h6s. UTG limps, a player in middle position limps as well, and you call in the cut-off. The button raises to 70, everyone calls including the BB, UTG, middle position player and yourself. Flop is:

JH10H6C

BB checks, UTG bets 90, middle position folds, you call, button raises to 450. BB pushes all in, UTG thinks then folds. What do you do?
Fold

Call all-in

# Calculate the number of ‘outs’ opponent 2 has to outright win the hand given both players are all in:

Opponent 1: 10H10C Opponent 2: 8H7H

Flop:
10S9C8CAS

8

9

10

11

12

# You’re in a 10 man sit-n-go with 7 players left and the blinds are 200-400. You have 3600 chips. Everyone at the table has about 3500 chips. You’re in middle position and it is folded to you.
You hold:
QH8H
What should you do?

Fold

Raise

All-in

Call

# 10/25 NL cash game. $3,000 stacks at a 6 handed table. You raise from Cut off with:
KS9S
The small blind calls. He has been playing loose aggressive but he hasn’t been playing back at opponents unless he is in position.
Flop is:
5D9HAC
Is this considered a good flop and what should your move be?

Good Flop, bet

Bad flop, check

Good flop, check

Bad flop, bet

admin answers:

What do you want help with exactly?

All in on the first one, but I’m not going through this whole thing unless you’ve got a specific question or concern.

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