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#3709924 Newbie With A Couple Of Questions About Putting Opponent On A Hand

Posted by Tofu-86 on 19 August 2015 - 10:28 PM in No Limit Texas Hold'em Cash Games

I started playing NL 1-2 holdem a couple weeks ago and have been spending a lot of time studying and working on my game. From what I've seen at local casinos in South Florida, players in these game usually won't put on crazy bluffs and tend to play the cards more often than opponents, which is great if you can outplay them but not too great when you can't make good reads.

Just wondering what are the factors you guys would take into account when trying to determine if someone has AK AQ KQ or pocket pairs when he/she raise or light 3-bet pre-flop?

Since I am usually the one in late position and will usually fire for continuation bet, my opponent has to bet in the dark/ check-call my bet most of the time. From what I understand, bet in the dark usually says one of four things: 1. The board doesn't concern me. 2. I've made a pretty decent hand with the flop. 3. My hand could potentially be a monster so I want you to quit it now. 4. Standard continuation bet
So the question comes, what are the tells/ factors you look for when trying to determine which one is the it?

Last but not least, I've taken stabs at pots in late position many many times, sometimes I get a caller sometimes I don't. But I've failed to put them on a range of hands most of the time. Check-call from opponent is one play that has been very costly for me since I remember there were a couple of times where he checks-calls till the showdown and I just don't know if he's chasing something or have already made a hand. For the latter situation, I usually have decent hand (AQ off or T J suited and better) pre-flop but keeps missing the board, while the opponent has a hand (sometimes a monster like trips or better waiting for my bluff sometimes a low-medium pair with some sort of draw)

PS: I've been told I am a pretty aggressive player with very decent skill reparatory for someone who's relatively very new to the game. I am currently reading Gus Hansen's book so I am basically learning from the best. lol