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We make a royal on the turn and get a guy to bet his 65 of spades for 200 lol

We don't get the $500 high hand bonus but we do win a $199 royal bonus at least
 

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Lol, nice river sir

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We flop the nuts on a rainbow JT7 board, get min checkraised and call

Turn is clean, we call a 125 bet, 3rd player calls

River brings in running spades, the 3rd caller checks, the bettor puts out 175. I know he has 98 too, unfortunately he went runner-runner spades to scoop my ass
 

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Why are you straddling at all? If you are the better player than all of them you should be wanting to keep stacks deeper not shorter so that you can exploit their mistakes. None of the other hands have less than 20-25% equity preflop. You are playing scratch off lotto poker like the rest of them at this point.

Maybe you missed this. These guys are playing terrible and giving me positive equity spots for stacks

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We have :8s::6s::6h::5h:

Flop is :7d::5c::3h:

Checked to us, we pot for 25, one caller

Turn :5s:

We check, villain bets 50, we call

River :kc:

We check, he bets 100. We sigh-call he flips over :9h::6h::3c::3s: and wins
 

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How is it not on a short-stack? Pair plus flush draw and the 56 are coordinated with one another

I guess if you don't mind doing flips, rock n roll! I remember why I stopped following this thread. You defend every single play like you made the right decision. My bad.

That, and I couldn't read about you being a puller, or pusher? I can't remember honestly! Good luck with your gambling! I'm looking forward to mine tonight!
 

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I guess if you don't mind doing flips, rock n roll! I remember why I stopped following this thread. You defend every single play like you made the right decision. My bad.

That, and I couldn't read about you being a puller, or pusher? I can't remember honestly! Good luck with your gambling! I'm looking forward to mine tonight!

What play would you make on 25bbs holding :kh::kc::6c::5s:?

If you haven't read Rolf Slotbooms book he explains the shortstacking strategy better than I do, which is very profitable in games against deeper-stacked and overly aggressive opponents

Yes, it is swingier as well because you can't deny equity. But the dead money in pots makes up for that

Shit, I got my stack in with close to 50% equity three ways in the AKJ9 hand, which is long-term printing money. I even outflopped them bringing me to about 72% equity and they both binked the last 10 in the deck to wiggle out


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What play would you make on 25bbs holding :kh::kc::6c::5s:?

If you haven't read Rolf Slotbooms book he explains the shortstacking strategy better than I do, which is very profitable in games against deeper-stacked and overly aggressive opponents

Yes, it is swingier as well because you can't deny equity. But the dead money in pots makes up for that

Shit, I got my stack in with close to 50% equity three ways in the AKJ9 hand, which is long-term printing money. I even outflopped them bringing me to about 72% equity and they both binked the last 10 in the deck to wiggle out


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I understand the short stack strategy and it’s strengths and weaknesses very well. What I don’t understand as well I guess is that you constantly refer to the other players on these games as “droolers” and “mouth breathers” and pretty much say they suck at poker. Why then do you not want to see more flops cheaply where you have the flexibility to get away from flops you miss. It seems they will still give you action most of the time when you connect with the flop and may even be able to steal the occasional pot on the flop with a shove to deny them of their equity.

Getting it all in preflop denies them the ability to make mistakes post flop vs you.

Also, if you win one of these flips and have a $2k+ stack do you leave? Do you change your strategy to play a deeper stack style of poker? Do you continue to get it in preflop hoping to do it again?

I see this strategy used a lot at the local casino. Players buy in for $200 looking to get it all in preflop and 5x it. Problem is they end up doing that 5 times and still have not won one and are now in the hole $1k. Then they finally do win 1 and are close to even and have no idea how to play a $1/2/5 game with a $1k stack and usually lose it all going all in with a bare nut flush draw, because that is what they do with a $200 stack every time.
 

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^can confirm. I play short stack on Club 875 and Windy Crest and then when up I don’t know how to play deep stack lol
 

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I understand the short stack strategy and it’s strengths and weaknesses very well. What I don’t understand as well I guess is that you constantly refer to the other players on these games as “droolers” and “mouth breathers” and pretty much say they suck at poker. Why then do you not want to see more flops cheaply where you have the flexibility to get away from flops you miss. It seems they will still give you action most of the time when you connect with the flop and may even be able to steal the occasional pot on the flop with a shove to deny them of their equity.

Getting it all in preflop denies them the ability to make mistakes post flop vs you.

Also, if you win one of these flips and have a $2k+ stack do you leave? Do you change your strategy to play a deeper stack style of poker? Do you continue to get it in preflop hoping to do it again?

I see this strategy used a lot at the local casino. Players buy in for $200 looking to get it all in preflop and 5x it. Problem is they end up doing that 5 times and still have not won one and are now in the hole $1k. Then they finally do win 1 and are close to even and have no idea how to play a $1/2/5 game with a $1k stack and usually lose it all going all in with a bare nut flush draw, because that is what they do with a $200 stack every time.

I DO want to see more flops cheaply. In last nights game that just wasn't going to be possible given the lineup. These guys were regularly straddling and then someone would raise it to $200+ and if I'm buying in deeper stacked as well you get put in spots where you call that $200+ and go multiway to a flop with over a grand in it or someone else reraises preflop to $800+, etc.

So by buying in short it allows me to take my stronger hands to showdown without risking too much of my buyins at one time, because when they're straddling to 80 preflop full buyins can get chewed up very quickly.

Pre-Covid the games didn't permit unlimited restraddles, but they changed the games so that the 5/5 and above now do have unlimited restraddles. It attracts the degens, but also increases the swings as well.

I mean, these guys are potting UTG with 2335 double s00ted and repotting my limp-repot with T984 single suited, if those aren't straight droolers I don't know what else to call them.

If I 3-5x my stack obviously my strategy will change as I am deeper-stacked. I prefer to keep pots small and multiway to see flops as much as I can, but if that doesn't look to be possible then I'll get up and leave. There was a game last month where as soon as I sat down in the 5/5/10 it was restraddled to 160 preflop and I wound up winning a pot of $5500 or so. But then I saw EVERY hand at this table was $500-1K preflop and opted to get out rather than ride that variance train.

I know how to play deepstacked poker and prefer to play it, but if they're making it 80 or 200 or 800 preflop almost every hand then me buying in for the $2500 max isn't "deepstacked" in any sense of the word because they'd made the game play bigger and the stacks shallower.

But when they're all sitting with thousands in front of them I can put them in more danger than I put myself by buying in for the $500 in a game like that, because the reward is greater than my risk, while they are putting stacks of 3k-8K at risk playing 2335 double s00ted out of position in bloated pots or dangler hands like T984 single suited.
 

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We have :th::tc::2c::2h: and see a multiway flop of :ac::jc::4s:

Checked to an asian woman who bets 25, multiple callers, we let it go

Turn :kd:

Guy in the blinds bets 50 and I just feel like he is making a blocker bet as he doesn't want to pay more with his draw or non-nutted hand

Multiple callers, river :3s:

He settles on a 75 bet and I'm thinking "no way this guy ever has QT for the nuts"

Gets looked up in two spots, he has AK52 and turned top 2, rivered the gutshot wheel

Noted he makes blocker bets trying to set his own price
 

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We call an EP raise with :kh::kd::js::9h:

Few callers, shorty in LP pots, original raiser just calls? He is deepstacked and same guy who made the blocker bet

One cold-call, we figure if he had Aces he repots it, so because he didn't we repot all-in

Shortie calls off, raiser hems and haws for awhile, ultimately folds QQ93 double s00ted! (tough decision bro?)

Cold caller makes the call and only goes once

Flop T93

Turn J

River 3

We turn 2 pair, river a bigger 2 pair and win the side pot. But lose the main to shorties Aces

We lose about 200 on the hand and then get called to a new 5/5/10
 
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We limp the button and call a raise with :kh::qh::tc::8c:

Multiway to a flop of :ah::7h::6d:

Original raiser (LAG who was the rock this hand) bets 100, we call, two other callers

Turn :kc:

Two checks, he bets 250, we rip all-in for 650'ish

Two folds, he calls we go twice and I have two gutshot straight draws, nfd plus pair

First board :qd:
Second board :ks:

He doesn't show but we scoop

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This table not as crazy as last night, but there are four gamblefish who make bad raises OOP and straddle to 20 or 40. We are not straddling anything today
 

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Button is rock, we are SB and pay the extra $5 with :7s::7d::6d::4d:

Bunch of limpers, LAG pots from CO, another LAG calls on button, we let it go. Don't want to play a marginal hand OOP
 

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We get to limp for 10 in the CO (button rock unlikely to reopen betting)

We have :9h::9d::8d::5c:

Flop :qh::ts::7h:

We all check to button who bets 40 and gets 3 callers

I can't call because the J may be no good, so I'm praying to hit 3 clean 6's on the turn to nut up, so we fold

Turn :6d: (SUCKA DEALER!)and it's checked around

River :2h:

We pat ourselves on the back until we see showdown

Button has KQ and the winner has a set of 7's

Four players on that flop, not one had a flush draw
 

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Shorty goes all-in pre for 220, we call with :ah::ks::jc::5h:

Another shorty who had raised to 50 originally cold calls with 300 behind. Deeper stack holding QJT3 double suited calls?

Flop :kc::ts::4h:

Shorty shoves for 300, QJT3 calls, we call

Turn :5c:

We both check

River :4c:

We both check, he shows :tc::3c: and scoops :(
 

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Sigh, we limp in with :ah::kh::qc::8c: and multiway to a flop of

:ac::qs::9c:

Checked to us, we pot for 40. Button and BB call

Turn :th:

We check to button who bets 165. BB calls, we call

River :5d:

We check to button, he bets 300, BB folds we go into tank

We block the nuts with our king. We get him to flip over :qd::2s: and I just can't figure he chased for the gutshot

I really feel like his most likely hands are the whiffed flush draw or two pair like me

I eventually make the call. He announces a set and has

QQ62 lol
 
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