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  1. I had a similar question about NLHE play a while back, and was referred to the Smash method for NL. Only play pocket pairs and Ax suited, and move in when you hit a set or the nut flush.I swore it couldn't be that easy.I was so wrong.Playing 1/2 NL on Pokerstars (Max Buy $200) I have consistently been making decent money almost every single day. The worst part for the players on the table? When they make a big bet preflop with AK or 1010, and I have one of my calling hands, I still call. Because I only play a hand every other round or so, I can afford it. And when I hit my set of 8's on
  2. I is a marginal hand in that regard, yes. I don't think however, with what I picked up from this guy, that it was. I think that based on how he was betting, I made as good a decision as I could. And I agree with the bit about A10.I haven't played A10 in months, just because it has too much of a chance of coming out second best at the end of the hand.JJ I play, but cop out early if I see a nasty flop, which is pretty much any over card. Perhaps this guy just had a great read on me, and thought he could keep me in the hand if he didn't bet at me.I don't know.NL is exciting for me, but new.
  3. I don't mean to sound defensive. The fact is, I wasn't asking for a critique on my play. 3x BB is a standard raise in early position with even AQ, AK or even JJ. He played the hand weak. Whether or not I played correctly is besides the point. I just want to know if this is a common occurrence in NL. I play limit regularly and if you let KK go by preflop without trying to cap the bet, you're missing out on profit. Maybe NL players don't think like I do when they play cash games. This game was fairly loose to begin with, and raises like I made were common. He had no reason to think I migh
  4. KQ suited is not a marginal hand.It's a great hand.It's an even better hand if my opponent never sees it.The bet on the turn had nothing to do with what I thought I could make with my hand, but everything to do with thinking that he did not have anything to play with.He CALLED my preflop bet, I have no reason to assume AA or KKI wasn't asking for a critique of my play anyway. If you think my play is bad, feel free to sit at the table with me and let me take your money.I was asking if people who play NL get gunshy with KK. KK is the second most powerful hand in the game. I only raised 3x the
  5. Heh. I read that article a while back. It's good. But it deals specifically with playing AK in Limit games. I'm not concerned about that here. The issue in this case was in a NL game, where AK is played differently, I think.
  6. Ok, after reading all of your posts yesterday, I decided to tweak a few things and try again. I jumped onto a 2/4 NL table on stars for about 3-4 hours last night, and it turned out fairly well.I still lost one key pot, but recovered quickly. I owe that one more to not paying attention than anything else.Here it is:I'm dealt QhKh in early position and I throw up a 12 dollar bet after UTG folds to get a feel for the table. One caller and BB calls too.Flop comes 6h9h6dBB checks, so I lead out with $24 on my flush draw.1st player calls, BB folds.Turn shows 6c and I bet out $40 to represent str
  7. I've never played a NL cash game, so I wanted to start small.It's easier for me to put up 200 for this game than the 500 I usually play with at 10/20.
  8. Point.Heh. Maybe I should just go back to grinding 10/20 limit.
  9. Maybe I'm still too ingrained in my old school limit poker ways. I just don't see what stepping on a pot I should have had zero chance of losing accomplishes. Sure, he gets out in this situation, but I think more often than not he's NOT going to have QJ suited here. In which case, I win an overwhelming majority of the time after the river.LOL... I do hope for him to be in that situation calling almost with a dead draw.I don't hope for him to catch his crap.Which is why I'm ticked about this hand.Options = 1. he folds the hand, I win. 2. he stays, and catches craziness on the turn and river,
  10. Heh. I never said AK was a bad hand. I meant exactly what you said, it's often overplayed.I think I was just irritated with this hand because the guy just rattled off a 'well, that's poker' after he won. It's like people think that's a good excuse for playing a hand poorly.I love AK heads up. I am skeptical to play too hard into it after the flop, though.The point though, remains, that whether I have queens or AK against you heads up, I have no clue what's in your hand.If I have AK against you and a Q hits the flop, but no A or K, and you bet, I'll probably lay down the hand.Same goes if I
  11. I have to agree with Speed, I think.Looking back I probably should have put more up on the flop after his fairly weak bet. I think maybe rather than raising to $16, I probably should have gone to $24. He may or may not have called. Even calling 16 I think was a stretch. Thanks.(AK is overrated)
  12. This is where the difference between tournament style play and cash play comes in.Most people have only been exposed to a large amount of NL tournament play. In that kind of environment where you BR to Blind ratio is constantly shrinking, you take more chances, and there you want to put more on the line, and take bigger chances with AK.In a cash game, AK has less value, since there is no immediate danger of the blinds going up on you. If you sit down to play 1/2, you're still playing 1/2 two or three hours later. So your bank increases at a steadier rate, and not at the exponential rate it
  13. I think there is some general confusion as to how powerful a starting hand AK really is.I do NOT want to get into a heads up match with someone preflop with this hand.This is not a tournament, this is a cash game. There is no pressing need for me to risk my stack on a couple of overcards.Personally, I raised 4x the BB preflop. So what if I raise to 6x the BB. or 8x to get out that person that calls with JQ? The problem you run into there is now you have invested more money on a heads up play than this hand is worth. My odds of hitting a pair on the flop are what? 50% What do I bet then,
  14. Bah. I just reread my post... and I realized I was typing it in wrong... convert all of those dollar signs to X's.so everything is twice as much as it says... I was tired when I typed it in.I lost $64 on this hand. (I wondered why it didn't seem like that much)I'm used to limit, and not used to thinking in terms of dollars, so my brain wasn't working quite right.So to recap.Raised to $8 preflop. SB Bet $4 on flop, I raised to $16I bet $16 on turn after SB checksSB bets $24 on river and I call.Also to clarify this, I was up to about $450 anyway.SB had maybe $325.
  15. I understand that people will suck out with bad hands. It seems like I'm losing a lot of money on hands like that though. Does anybody have a decent betting/play strategy for NL that will minimize losses on these hands? Ex.1/2 NLI get dealt AKs in the big blind.3 limpers, I raise to $4 BB, all 3 call, including Small Blind.Flop comes 4s 9s AdSmall blind bets $2 I raise to $8One folds, Other 2 call.Turn is Kc Small blind checks, I bet $8 again. 1st player folds, Small blind calls.River comes 10cSmall blind bets $12, I flat call.He turns over QJh.So I lost. Now, I can handle losses like th
  16. I understand that people will suck out with bad hands. It seems like I'm losing a lot of money on hands like that though. Does anybody have a decent betting/play strategy for NL that will minimize losses on these hands? Ex.1/2 NLI get dealt AKs in the big blind.3 limpers, I raise to $4 BB, all 3 call, including Small Blind.Flop comes 4s 9s AdSmall blind bets $2 I raise to $8One folds, Other 2 call.Turn is Kc Small blind checks, I bet $8 again. 1st player folds, Small blind calls.River comes 10cSmall blind bets $12, I flat call.He turns over QJh.So I lost. Now, I can handle losses like th
  17. I understand that people will suck out with bad hands. It seems like I'm losing a lot of money on hands like that though. Does anybody have a decent betting/play strategy for NL that will minimize losses on these hands? Ex.1/2 NLI get dealt AKs in the big blind.3 limpers, I raise to $4 BB, all 3 call, including Small Blind.Flop comes 4s 9s AdSmall blind bets $2 I raise to $8One folds, Other 2 call.Turn is Kc Small blind checks, I bet $8 again. 1st player folds, Small blind calls.River comes 10cSmall blind bets $12, I flat call.He turns over QJh.So I lost. Now, I can handle losses like th
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