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Straddled Hand

Jakub Srsen Posts: 7Member
edited November -1 in NLHE Strategy Discussion
Hi all! First of all I have been a long time listener and viewer of Bart Hanson's material and I think I've learned a lot from it all! So thank you very much for all the work you've put in.

Back to topic, I currently play a £1/£1 200BB cap game in the UK. This is actually the biggest NLHE game around, the only game that plays bigger is a juicy £1/£2 dealers choice game in the same casino which plays super deep (2000bb+) however most of the games a very alien to me at the moment. Because the game I play is much smaller than any of the games featured in the CLP/Poker With Your Pants On series I've had to adjust the strategies and dial it all back and pretty much just peddling the nuts and I seem to keep getting paid off. Apart from that I can barrel and etc against a select few players in the game who I know think will "lay down" hands. The hand that has raised questions for me is as follows:

The hand is straddled to 8 (2x£1 blinds/1x£2 straddle/1x£4 straddle/1x£8 straddle) Pot = 16
Action folds round to me on the button with AJs, I open for 25
Villain in SB 3-bets to 60 (Effective stacks of ~125)
BB & Straddlers fold.

Hero: Push/Fold?

Information I had on the villain:
Old-ish guy. Mostly plays tournaments, this is the first time I've seen him play the cash table. Definitely one of those people who think they are "players" (judged from the table conversation).

From what I've found generally in my game straddles cause some weird spaz moves from the field. I have seen some crazy all-ins from people, just because there was a straddle on. Then there are times where people call the straddle and the straddler just checks. Personally I hate the straddling, as it just bloats the pot pre-flop and makes the play short-stacked and there is no longer any "play" left in my stack. How do straddles effect hands in your experience?

Comments

  • bobo1384 Posts: 145Subscriber
    if he has $120 he is not folding so its $95 to win $140.

    Against a range of 99+, AT+,KQ we have 45% equity

    We're getting more than 1.5-1 pot odds

    i'd push
  • Mike Posts: 371Member
    Easy shove. You are close to the top of your range here with all the straddles. I'm prob raising most of the hands from the Btn with this kinda straddle action.
  • whatsyourplay? Posts: 752Member
    an old guy won't 3bet you with KQ or AT and get it in. I think your range is off.
  • Jakub Srsen Posts: 7Member
    Yeh, I know some of the guys in this game will go even wider than KQ & AT. This particular opponent (in hindsight and after seeing him play for 3 hours after this hand) probably wouldn't. Does that make it a fold?
  • whatsyourplay? Posts: 752Member
    Does villain have 125 total at the beginning of the hand, or does he have 125 left after 3betting to 60?
  • Jakub Srsen Posts: 7Member
    125 at start of hand, so he has about 65 left behind.
  • whatsyourplay? Posts: 752Member
    This spot seems to be very close. I could go either way, mainly depending on villain's behavio(u)r, timing, confidence etc. If he seems pretty passive, I might find a fold, but shoving can't be a huge mistake I guess. The worst play would be to flatcall his 3 bet, though.
  • jmc Posts: 58Member
    Jakub Srsen said

    Yeh, I know some of the guys in this game will go even wider than KQ & AT. This particular opponent (in hindsight and after seeing him play for 3 hours after this hand) probably wouldn't. Does that make it a fold?
    Yeah... you need him to consider 3-betting w/ hands like KQ or AT for the shove to be slightly better than folding. You need about 40% equity to get it in here (unless you like to gamble), and AJs seems to just barely not make the cut.

    Obviously I can't see him folding anything after he puts half his stack in, so we have no fold equity.
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