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stallyon
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« on: May 29, 2006, 09:05:57 PM »

Ok, here's the situation. I get down to heads up play in a 9 seat STT and the blinds are 200/400. I have just under 14000 chips while my oppo has just over 4000 in chips. First hand in the heads up, I'm big blind with 92 off and he goes all in. Not one I can call as he's been as solid as I have. So I fold. Next hand and I'm dealt 10Q off so I limp in. He goes all in again. Cant call this so I fold again. 3rd hand and I'm dealt 34 off, he goes all in - another fold. 4th hand and I'm dealt 89 suited so I raise to 2000 and he goes all in again. Surely I cant call this so I fold. I know that most of these hands of his are rubbish but I couldnt call any of them with confidence. 5th hand and I'm dealt AQ suited so I go all in - he calls with K4 off and hits 2 more kings on the flop and river.

How do you play against this type of player - one who relunctantly goes all in each and every hand? You cant wait for a decent starting hand nor can you call with a 50% chance with the rubbish you are dealt with.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2006, 09:24:04 PM »

Don't limp, don't raise if you're going to pass.
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2006, 10:07:21 PM »

depending on blinds,stack and player i vary my aproach but against the player you mention i try to get in there first with your q10 am all in and hes more likely to pass to an all in because he can't out play someone with no chips left
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2006, 10:55:23 PM »

Don't limp, don't raise if you're going to pass.


I'm with Tank here.

Also I would say show some more aggression I would have been playing the QT and the 89 strongly.  You have him out chipped, whats the worse you can do double him up ?  But at least it gives you a chance to see whats he playing with.

You can't sit and wait for AA. KK, AK etc!
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2006, 11:31:07 PM »

I disagree with playing 89 strongly, he may well be in a calling mood as well as a raising one, i.e. he wants to double up............ your 89 is not much against a random hand.

Tank is right, you cannot raise then fold, especiallly a raise that big!

Maybe you can be all in with AQ against a worse hand, say K4?   not sure why you are troubled by a player like this, would you normally expect to have them all in and well behind after say 5 hands?!
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2006, 11:40:57 AM »

When it gets to this stage of a STT its just gamble gamble gamble, IMO when either you or your opponent is down to roughly 10BBs any Q,K,A is a monster and probably should be pushed like the QT hand you had. This is my usual play when it's heads-up, I also like the 2.5BB raise from the SB/button with decent holdings as well it's a small raise which doesn't tie me to the pot. I feel the 2000 raise with the 89 hand was too big and committed you to the pot which is what you should always try and avoid with a hand like this. Against some opponents limping is a good option but against the opponent you describe limping is not really an option let him get allin with the worst hand and if he hits it good luck to him. Don't worry about giving up a few chips with junk hands like 92, 34 etc you will catch him soon enough.

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2006, 11:43:32 AM »

Hands like 89 are good hands to play cheaply in multiway pots not to double someone up h/u.

You can beat this guy up by either banging em in first with any ace or any king (easier to push than call) or if you know he is all in every time and you are lucky enough to get a big AA KK QQ then limp and call when he makes his standard push.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2020, 12:37:34 PM »

Limping is fine sometimes and not others.

If heads-up I prefer a raise 80% of the time with any hand. Limps have there merits if trapping with big hands vs an aggressive opponent.

Safe stay!

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2020, 01:17:17 PM »

hi granny

great 14 year bump i must add

its 2020 now so i would consider node locking and exploitation of opponent if you think he is using PIO solvers or similar programmes.

GTO BABY

GTFO

HTH
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2020, 02:13:53 AM »

Thanks mate!

Take care and best to you and yours Smiley
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