I have been playing around with some unorthodox lines lately since my regular playing pool at the Hustler knows me well. Ie I am putting in a little GTO in my game. Not a ton but a little just to see how that affects my win rate.
Hustler is a really nice comfy casino to play at. The food is good and the 5/5 games allow a buy in for $1000. So this attracts many better regs and pros who want to play 5/5 rather than 5/10..besides who wants to play and schlep to Commerce? So what happens in general is the Hustler games are tougher I would imagine than at other 2/5 games ..
since I know so many players in the player pool, I have been randomly deciding to check back second pair on a Q high board with say JJ when other better regs are in the pot.. I have also been check calling against their range when I am bluff catching with say top pair ok kicker.. all so far so good..
but can you also play a little coy/GTO with an unkown?
So I am playing $5/$5 and a player whose table just broke comes to my game. He seems middle eastern younger kid he is wearing sunglasses so I don't think he is a good player.. I am sure I seem to him the nitty white girl. I have just over $1100 and he has about the same. I have a neutral image in his eyes because this is the second hand he is playing..
I am two to his left and villain opens to 20 .. I am next to act and our table has been playing super nitty pre.. So I decided to play a little differently and just call with K♥ K♦ .. I know you are all thinking "wendy raise them coyboys!" but in my defense I would normally. I don't know this guy and he raised utg.. I think I get alot of folds.. because my table has been playing tight pre I am not likely to be in a 7 way pot..
So it folds around and I am heads up with the villain.. pot $40..
Flop A♥ J♦ T♣ he checks and I don't think there is much value in betting here I check..
Turn 3♥ he bets.. $60.. I think I am good here often enough to call. I also have a very well hidden gutter.. I call. pot $160
River 3♠ he checks .. so now I am pretty sure I have the best hand. He can have a weak ace but I think thats pretty much the best he can have.. So I decide to bet $60 to get some thin value from a jack.. he tanks for a moment and then raises to $215..
now this line to me makes no sense.. he doesnt know me.. he has no idea I can thin value bet.. I bet small to get called by a jack.. does he somehow think I am weaker and therefore trying to bluff me? Can he have a full house? sure..but not likely.. can he have a 3? sure but again he would have to have raised with a 3 AND bet it on the turn AND now check raise me on the river..