Well, I was hoping to get some more guesses for my last post, but anyway it’s high time I revealed the results, so here goes.
Hand One: I’m the shortest stack of the three players involved in the hand. A mid-position limper for 200, and then a loose-aggressive player makes it 900 in the next seat. I call from the button, the limper calls. The flop comes 976 with two clubs. Limper checks, the raiser bets 2,500. I move in for 19,000. The limper folds. A) What’s my range? B) What’s the worst hand the raiser should call with?
A) This is a pretty big bet for me, risking 19k to win 5500, so my range isn’t all that nutso. A decent answer would be something like flush draws with two overcards, any flush draw with an eight, a set, a straight, two pair, TT.
B) The raiser has to call 16.5k to win 24.5k, so he needs to win a showdown a little more than 40 percent of the time to show a profit. AA would win about 38 percent against a similar range to what I described in part A, so big pairs are very borderline calls in this spot (which is the conclusion most of us would probably come to intuitively). Anything better than one pair is a more straightforward call (although bottom two is still close).
In the actual hand, I had 99, my opponent called with KK, and I doubled up.
Hand Two: Everyone has more than 40,000. UTG limps for 400. Two other limpers, and a loose-aggressive player makes a small raise from the button to 1,400. Folds to me in the big blind. A) What’s my range for reraising? For calling?
I call, UTG calls, both other limpers call. The flop comes K82 with two hearts. I check. UTG leads out for 3,500. The other limpers and original raiser fold, I call. B) What’s my range now?
The turn is a blank. I check, UTG checks. The river brings a third heart. I check, UTG bets 3,800 into the almost 13,000 pot. C) What range do I call with? What do I raise with?
A) I will call 1,000 more here with anything remotely playable, as I’m getting a huge price both in terms of immediate and implied odds. I will reraise here with a range that includes very strong hands (that is, hands with which I’m comfortable facing a four-bet), somewhat strong hands (hands like QQ and AKo that can’t afford to put 40,000 into the pot, but are good enough to isolate against the raiser), and total airballs (hands that will happily fold if I get four-bet, but that give me some resteals in my range and make me less readable overall).
B) Getting 3-1 on my money, I’ll call with some flush draws, some kings, and some sets. Maybe even with 99 or TT or some eights. I’m very unlikely to be calling-to-steal out of position, but that might be a 5% probability or something.
C) I should have some good flushes in my range, and I should raise with those. I can consider making a rare check-raise bluff with 99 or TT, if I happened to get that far with them. I think I should call with good kings, as my opponent might be trying to squeeze value out of KT or KJ, and also small flushes (if I even have any of those in my range at this point).
In the actual hand, I called with AK, and my opponent showed 7h4h to win the pot.
Hand Three: Blinds 400-800, I open in the cutoff for 2,600. The button calls, the small blind calls, and Bill Edler calls in the big blind. The flop comes AQ2 all hearts. Checked to me, and I bet 7,500. It folds to Bill, who sets me all-in for about 60,000 more (Bill has me covered safely). A) What’s Bill’s range? B) What’s the worst hand I should call with?
A) I was hoping you guys could tell me. It’s a very big bet on his part, risking 67,500 to win about 18,500. Bill is highly aggressive, but I don’t think he’s crazy enough to be making this move without a real solid hand. I give him small flushes, 22, A2, AQ, KhQx, QxJh, AxJh, and maybe QxTh.
B) I have to call 60,000 to win about 86,000, so I need to win a little more than 40 percent of the time to show a profit. Against the range I’m guessing for Bill, AQ has somewhere around 39 percent equity, making AQ seem pretty much like the borderline hand. I should fold weaker two pairs, and call with anything better than top two. Top two is a tough spot.
In the actual hand, I called with top two, and Bill surprised me by showing AxKh (I’d mostly ruled out AK based on the preflop action). Alas, a flush hit on the turn and I was eliminated.
I’m playing the Foxwoods Main Event in two weeks, and I promise at least one post before then. I’ll aim for more, but only promise one.