Saturday, October 25, 2008

In a tough spot with QQ

I am REALLY going to try to get away from whining and concentrate more on Hand Histories, poker theory, and psychology going forward. Although I will include some bad beats or incredible hands from time to time just so I can vent. So let's start with some hand analysis of interesting spot I found myself in with QQ.

Villian is a 21/21 with a 33.3% 3bet over a very small sample of 14 hands. From that we can assume villian isn't a terrible player and has some clue what he is doing.

PokerStars Game #21482933437: Hold'em No Limit ($0.05/$0.10) - 2008/10/25 12:44:09 ET
Table 'Calypso' 6-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: Gilgamesh69 ($11.85 in chips)
Seat 2: Chintz46 ($3.70 in chips)
Seat 3: red bomber2 ($9.40 in chips)
Seat 4: judy2222 ($14.60 in chips)
Seat 5: DubsPoke ($16.45 in chips)
Seat 6: ae-brb ($10.55 in chips)
Gilgamesh69: posts small blind $0.05
Chintz46: posts big blind $0.10
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DubsPoke [Qs Qc] (nice!)
red bomber2: calls $0.10 (70/15 type of player, I want to isolate him)
judy2222: folds
DubsPoke: raises $0.40 to $0.50
ae-brb: folds
Gilgamesh69: raises $1.30 to $1.80 (damn.)
Chintz46: folds
red bomber2: folds
DubsPoke: calls $1.30 (don't like 4betting at micros, let's try to play it out postflop.)
*** FLOP *** [2d 7h 8h]
red bomber2 leaves the table
Gilgamesh69: bets $3.20 (ACK!)

Several questions:

A) What is his range?
B) How do you proceed?


  1. 21/21 33.3% 3bet over 14 hands

    I say this is far too small a sample. he has played 3 hands in 14 and 3bet every one of them. He could be aggro monkey as much as he is spewy.

    hard without history but I say his range here is TT,JJ,QQ,KK,AA AKs,AKo. Without pokerstoveing it (cos im at work) i'm ahead of that range.

    I put him all in here. I may be wrong and would like to hear thoughts but at 10NL QQ on a low semi coordinated board is good a lot of the time imo.

    Question... Why do you not like 4 betting micros ?

  2. A. I probably 4-bet preflop, although calling with position is fine, too.

    B. I'm putting him all in on the flop. You're only behind AA and KK, and ahead of AK, JJ, TT, or 99 (It's possible he has 88 or 77, although the re-raise preflop makest hat less likely).