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.
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?