Poker Hand Review – AJ Flops Big

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Poker Stars $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold’em – 8 players –
The Official Hand History Converter

MP1: $28.10
MP2: $61.70
Hero (CO): $51.80
BTN: $24.00
SB: $95.40
BB: $64.20
UTG: $50.10
UTG+1: $49.25

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is CO with AA of hearts JJ of hearts
3 folds, MP2 raises to $1.50, Hero calls $1.50, 1 fold, SB calls $1.25, 1 fold

Flop: ($5.00) AA of clubs JJ of diamonds 77 of clubs (3 players)
SB checks, MP2 bets $3, Hero raises to $11.30, SB folds, MP2 calls $8.30

Turn: ($27.60) 88 of diamonds (2 players)
MP2 checks, Hero bets $17.10, MP2 calls $17.10

River: ($61.80) 66 of clubs (2 players)
MP2 checks, Hero bets $21.90 all in

So this is the original hand from a session a few days ago. The villain here (MP2) is a very loose villain, running about 35/17 over the last 50 hands. He seems to be a bit tilty and has just lost 2 decent sized pots in a row. Hero is running about 15/9 over the last 50 hands, and the other villain (SB) is running about 13/10 over 6.7K hands. No history between any of the villains.

Preflop MP2 open raises to 3x. Now, generally I would fold a hand like AJs to an open raise from MP, but this villain is special. He is very bad, tilty, and it seems he might be ready to spaz out. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT and a concept that a lot of people either ignore or misunderstand. Generally a bad player will buy in for $X, and play with it until it is $0…simple. We generally expect that a fish isn’t going to reload. It is awesome when they do, but it is not what we expect. When a fish gets tilty…they are telling you they are going to bust their stack and then leave. When this is the case, we have to take advantage, and often times that is done by playing more hands, and sometimes not the best of hands, like AJ, against them.

I opt to call here, rather than 3b, which is debatable in this situation. We end up seeing a 3way pot, and I flop top two. I raise the CB up to $11.3. The raise here should be a bit smaller imo. Something like $7.85 would be an awesome amount. I am not concerned with the SB…if he was lucky enough to flop a set here, o well. However, I want to allow MP2 to make a big mistake…either by bluff 3b-ing or by flatting and getting stuck with 2nd best hands.

The rest of the hand is pretty basic as I make a 1/2PSB turn bet to “glue” him to the pot, and then shove the river. It is important to shove the river, even though the flush came. Although you should often yield for at least a second when a draw fills, this player shouldn’t worry us. His range is comprised of way too many Ax and Jx type hands for us to not put in the last bit of the stacks.

MP2 calls $21.90

Final Pot: $105.60
MP2 mucks AA of diamonds TT of spades
Hero shows AA of hearts JJ of hearts (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
Hero wins $102.60
(Rake: $3.00)

The big part of the hand was getting involved preflop, and the glue-bet on the turn. Coupled, this made for a nice win for us. Remember to look for these kinds of spots, especially when playing on weekends or weeknights where there are more fish around who are just looking to give you their stack =)



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