I've always had some trouble (like a lot of people do, I think) playing against those crazy maniacs who come in slightly drunk and super splashy. After reviewing these hands, I noticed that thinking about blockers and reasonable actions street-to-street from a crazy villain might not be as helpful as applying that same logic to a standard TAG/ABC player. What do you guys think about in these spots, especially compared to more normal opponents?
Villain is not a super
maniac, but is definitely drinking and splashy. Playing tons of hands (mostly limping or flatting his whole pre-flop range regardless of position) and making big bluffs a lot, but with some sort of equity usually (bottom pair, gut shot, weak flush draw, etc.).
Hero has Q♥
in MP1 with a $10 button straddle at 2-5, about $1100 effective (I cover). Folded to me and I open to 35, villain calls, all else fold out.
Flop is J♦
. I bet 40, he calls.
. I bet 75, villain raises to 575, hero has about $900 left.
How should hero proceed?
I folded. My reasoning at the time was that with red queens, I block almost all of his reasonable bluffs-- heart draws, diamond draws, and all sorts of straight draws. I don't think a K is that much in his range, but his bluff didn't make sense given my holding. Could have all 16 combos of T× 9×, all sorts of 2-pairs. Or so I thought-- he showed Q♣ 9♥ for just a gutshot. Kind of unfortunate, but the fact that he had one of the exact hands I heavily blocked made me feel somewhat ok in my fold.
Villain is a crazy maniac who is raising $100 pre-flop every hand (literally every hand...showing 52o, etc.) unless someone opens ahead of him. He is drunk or high or something for sure. He has been calling people all-in pre-flop for $300+ with hands as bad as 87o, and in other pots he has been betting turns/rivers with huge sizing multiple times. I won a pot earlier against him with a flopped flush vs. his middle pair for a large pot ($1500 or so). He did play AA the exact same way vs. one player and happened to run into 2-pair, but the point is he seems to play all of his hands very similarly (loose and aggressive).
Hero has K♠
on the button with a $10 button straddle at 2-5, about $2700 effective (I cover). Villain opens from BB to $100, all else fold to me and I complete for $90 more.
Flop is J♠
. Villain bets 100 (normal for his whole range), I just call-- I did not want him to fold his bluffs and would rather just get there since he will usually pay off anyway. Maybe should raise to build a pot, but he is super crazy and might simply move all-in.
Turn is K♦
. Great card for me, as I have top pair now with second nut flush. Villain bets 300, I just call again for all the same reasons.
River is 6♥
. Villain now checks, pot is about $1000, and villain has about $2200 behind. I debate about what to do, but decide to bet smallish and go for some value against any of his pairs (I think he would call with even a T×
). I bet $400, and he check-raises all in for about $1800 more.
How should hero proceed?
I called after some thought because I just thought my hand was too strong with top pair. I only lose to AK, AQ, AA, KQ, and a 6, but I thought he would just lead almost all of those hands some percentage of the time. It really sucks to hold two spades blocking a lot of his bluffs, but unlike the previous villain, this guy was truly maniacal and would possibly do this with any two cards.
He tabled Q♠ 7♠ and I win a massive pot.