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This article was written by blackrain79.com contributor Fran Ferlan.

Playing the river optimally is what makes or breaks your winrate. 

It’s the biggest money street and you often have to make a decision for your
whole stack. The amount of money in the pot by the river often paralyzes
players, because they are overly focused on the pot size, which affects their
decision making process. 

So what should you do versus a big river bet? Well, when you ask a broad
question, you tend to get a broad answer, so here it is: it depends.

There’s a lot of factors to consider here: your opponent type, previous
action, board runout, pot odds, your relative hand strength, just to name a
few.

Not a huge help, so let’s try to break it down in this article.

1. Try to Bluff Catch Versus Loose and Aggressive Players

Let’s start with the type of player we are up against. Most players will
primarily bet for value when they fire off a big river bet, especially at the
micros. 

The only exception would be loose and aggressive players. This is true for
both regulars and aggrofish. You can generally call wider against aggrofish
than you would against LAG regulars. The looser and more aggressive the
player, the wider you should call them down. 

This is an advanced poker strategy that works extremely well in today’s small stakes games. BlackRain79 discusses it in more detail in this video:
So in practice, this means that sometimes you should call them down with hands
you wouldn’t be comfortable calling with otherwise, like top pair weak kicker,
second pair, two pair on a wet board and such. 

It’s important to trust your judgment in these situations, otherwise you’re
better off folding earlier if you suspect you’re going to get barrelled and
pushed out of the pot. 

However, just because someone is loose and aggressive, doesn’t mean they will
have only bluffs in their range, especially on the river.

The board runout is an important factor when deciding how wide you should
call. Generally speaking, the drier the board, the wider you can bluff
catch. 

Why? 

Because your opponent sees the same community cards you see, and if they bet
huge on the river, they’re basically saying that the board doesn’t scare them
and they don’t care what you are holding. 

On the other hand, if the river bricks (i.e. a river card doesn’t change
anything significantly, because it fails to complete any straight or flush
draws, for example), your more observant opponents might put you on a busted
draw and try to bluff you out of the pot. 

They can also have a busted draw of their own, as decently winning LAGs know
the power of semibluffing on earlier streets, and know a large majority of
their opponents won’t have the heart to call down their triple barrel without
a monster hand.

In this situation, you should look for an opportunity to bluff catch with your
top pair or second pair, for example. Bear in mind that this isn’t something
you should try to do often, as these kinds of situations are more of an
exception than the rule, but who doesn’t love a good hero call from time to
time?

If you’re able to pick off a huge pot with a mediocre hand, it can do wonders
to your bottom line, as most players wouldn’t have the nerve to pull it
off. 

It will also make it more difficult to play against you, because you’ll show
that you are able to call down in less than ideal circumstances, and won’t be
pushed around. 

Just a disclaimer: 

Know that it’s a high-risk, high reward play, and should be attempted only in
specific circumstances, against specific opponents, on specific boards and
against specific previous action. 

You should base it on sound information and tells you’ve picked up on, not
just the feeling that this guy is bluffing, I’m gonna call him down with my
Ace-high.

Big River Bet Example Hand #1

Effective stack size: 100BB.

You are dealt A♦8♦ in the BB.

A LAG reg open-raises to 3x from the BU.
SB folds, you call.

Pot: 6.5BB.

Flop: T♣7♠6♥

You check. Villain bets 3BB. You call.

Pot: 12.5BB.

Turn: 2♣
You check. Villain bets 6BB. You call.

Pot: 24.5BB.

River: A♠
You check. Villain bets 16BB.

You: ???

You should call.

This is a great spot to bluff catch based on our opponent type, previous
action, and the board runout. Let’s break it down.

A loose and aggressive reg open raises from the button. We assume their range
is very wide here, probably close to 50% of all hands. We have a decent
speculative hand. We can even opt to 3-bet light from time to time, but we
decide to flat call.

We flop a gutshot straight draw, and we expect the villain to fire off a c-bet
with pretty much a 100% of their range, which he does.

The turn doesn’t change much for us, except it puts a possible flush draw on
the board. The villain double barrels, but since not much has changed for us
from flop to turn, and are getting about 3:1 odds on a call, we decide to
continue.

The river doesn’t complete our gutshot, but we do end up improving to a top
pair. Is it good enough for a call? Let’s look at it from the villain’s
perspective. 

We didn’t give him any reason to assume we are holding an Ace. In fact, we
checked three times, so if they had to put us on a range, they would assume we
have a Tx hand, a busted straight or a flush draw. 

Conveniently, that’s a part of their perceived range as well. The river comes
with a scare card, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they tried to buy the pot
there.

Are we going to be good a hundred percent of the time? Of course not, but we
don’t need to be. This is something that BlackRain79 talks about in Modern Small Stakes.

They have a significant amount of bluffs in their range for our call to be
+EV, considering their player type, their open-raising position, our passive
lines, non-coordinated board and so on. 

When we take all of that into consideration, we can infer that we can call
profitably.

As for the aggrofish, aka complete maniacs, you can widen your river calling
ranges considerably. It is also a high risk, high reward play, but these
players are the only ones that will have a significant amount of bluffs on the
river. 

Why? 

Because their ranges are already extremely wide on previous streets, so it’s
fair to assume they will get to the river with all kinds of busted draws,
Ace-high hands, fourth pair etc.

While their aggression can certainly be profitable in the short term, as even
they can occasionally catch a monster hand, they will be the most significant
long term losers. 

You can’t outrun math. So when playing against them, you should be making more
hero calls than you would usually be inclined. 

Be aware that their maniacal ways are usually short-lived, so you should try
to get them to donate their stacks to you before the next guy. 

And you usually won’t have the luxury of waiting around for the monster hand
to try and trap them. 

So next time you find yourself facing a huge river bet against them, go with
your gut, take a deep breath and call them down. Your winrate will thank you
for it.

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2. Look for Possible Completed Draws

As far as all the other player types are concerned, like fish who aren’t of
the aggro persuasion (which is most of them) and TAGs, you should be very
careful when calling big river bets. This is especially the case if they donk
bet big into you. (A donk bet is a bet made against the previous streets’
aggressor). 

Look for possible completed draws and ask yourself if their previous action
makes sense that way. If the answer is yes, your overpair or top two pair
probably isn’t good enough anymore. 

Think of it this way: would you bet big out of position on the river against
someone’s previous incessant aggression without a really strong hand? You
probably wouldn’t. And neither would the majority of the player pool at the
micro stakes. 

Big River Bet Example Hand #2

Effective stack size: 100BB.
You are dealt A♠Q♠ on the BU.

You open-raise to 3x.
SB folds, a loose passive fish calls in the BB.

Pot: 6.5BB

Flop: A♦3♦Q♥

Fish checks. You bet 5BB. Fish calls.

Pot: 16.5BB

Turn: 8♣
Fish checks. You bet 16.5BB. Fish calls.

Pot: 49.5

River: J♦

Fish bets 40BB.
You: ???

You should fold.

Let’s break down the action street by street.

There’s not much to say about preflop. We’re dealt a great hand on the button,
and we can assume the recreational player will call us down pretty wide in the
big blind.

We flop top two pair and should start building the pot as soon as possible. We
expect to get called by a bunch of Ax hands, gutshot straight draws, flush
draws, you name it.

The turn doesn’t change much, but it does add a couple of gutshot draws if our
opponent called the flop with hands like JT, J9, or T9, for example. 

We’re still miles ahead of villain’s range, so we decide to charge them a
premium for their drawing hands. We can even consider overbettting, but we go
for a pot sized bet.

And we get one of the worst river cards possible. The fish fires off a huge
donk bet. There is nothing left for us to do but bemoan our luck and fold
begrudgingly. 

The Jack on the river completes a number of straight draws and a flush draw.
If we go back to preflop, we should expect this particular opponent to have
practically all suited junk in their range. 

Fish love chasing draws, and they love playing suited junk. Nevermind the fact
that the chances of flopping a flush are only 0.8%.

Now, we could argue that it’s a fish, they don’t know what they’re doing, they
could be bluffing. Or they could have any number of two pair hands we’re ahead
of. Fair enough.

But if they did have a two pair hand, for example, wouldn’t they go for a
check-call option, considering such a scary board? 

Even fish can see three diamonds on a board. And yes, they could be bluffing,
but there is nothing in their previous history that would suggest that.

You should always be on the lookout for disrupting patterns when playing
poker. 

If an otherwise weak and timid opponent suddenly starts blasting off big bets,
they didn’t just randomly decide to mix it up a little. They are politely
letting you know they have the nuts.

As a rule of thumb in poker in general, calling should be the last option you
consider. As the old adage goes, if your hand is good enough for a call, it’s
good enough for a raise.

3. Check Your HUD Stats to Make an Informed Decision

But how do you know what type of player you’re up against? Well, the most
accurate way would be to check their VPIP (voluntarily put money in pot), PFR
(preflop raise) and AF (aggression factor) in your poker tracking software HUD.These are statistics which are placed right on your online poker table, beside each of your opponents, which tell you what type of player you are up against. This is highly useful information to have especially in the fast paced, multi-tabling, world of online poker. 

These three poker HUD stats alone can give you a pretty good idea of the type of player you’re
facing, and only after a hundred hands or so. Of course, the bigger the sample
size, the better, but you can draw some general conclusions pretty
quickly. 

However, as we all know, most hands don’t get to showdown, and while we can
make some wide generalizations about some player types, it’s better to have
more info than less. If you are using a HUD, you might want to consider adding
stats like WWSF, WTSD, and W$SD to accurately assess your opponent’s postflop
tendencies.
By the way, if you aren’t using a poker HUD yet, BlackRain79 shows you how to set up your HUD in less than 5 minutes in this video:

So, WWSF stands for Won When Saw Flop, and is a percentage of times a player won
the pot after seeing the flop. The lower the WWSF, the weaker the player,
meaning they play aggressively with very strong hands only, and conversely,
the higher the WWSF, the more they bluff and fight for the pot post flop.

Here is a rough estimation of the spectrum.Use These Specific HUD Stats to Make Optimal Decisions Versus a Big River Bet

If their WWSF is less than 42%, they are weak and give up too much post flop. They don’t bluff enough, and if they give you action, especially on the big
money streets (turn and river) they have a very strong hand.

WWSF between 42% and 52% is the average. Of course, the higher the number, the
more often they bluff.

If their WWSF is bigger than 52%, they bluff way too often. You can call them
down widely and use their aggression against them.

WTSD stands for Went to Showdown, and shows the % of times a player, well,
went to showdown.

A player with a WTSD below 20% is an extreme nit, and goes to showdown with
very strong hands only.

A WTSD between about 24% and 27% is the norm for most winning players. Players with a WTSD above 30% are huge calling stations, and you should value
bet them relentlessly.

W$SD or Won Money at Showdown (or WSD) indicates the % of times a player won
the pot after the showdown. It’s inversely proportional to the WTSD, i.e. a
player with a low WTSD will have a big W$SD because they only see the showdown
with very strong hands, and huge calling stations will have a low W$SD because
they call down with a bunch of garbage hands.

Nitty players will have a W$SD of about 60% or more, fishy players about 40%
or less. Solid winning players will therefore be right in the middle with
about 50%.

One very important caveat, these stats require a huge sample size in order to
be accurate. 

You will need 500 hands at the bare minimum to make any informed assumptions.
1000 hands is a decent sample size, but they get really accurate only after
5000 hands or so.

Needless to say, the more they tend towards the extremes of the spectrum, the
less hands you need to be sure, and the more you can exploit them by either
overbluffing or betting for value, depending on which side they fall.
If you want to learn much more about all these HUD stats make sure you check out BlackRain79’s popular optimal HUD setup guide.

Summary

In order to play the river effectively, you need to take into account a number
of factors, including, but not limited to: the pot odds, your relative hand
strength, board runout, type of opponent you’re up against, previous action
and so on.

You basically have to apply all of your theoretical knowledge at the same
time. While it may seem daunting at first, the more you practice, the more
automatic the process will become, and after a while you’ll be able to put
your opponents on correct ranges, maybe even zero in on their exact hand.

It will certainly take a great deal of practice, because as we know, most
hands don’t even get to showdown, and river spots are so rare and unique that
it’s hard to even try to answer what to do in these spots in a single article.

However, there are some general guidelines you should adhere to:

First of all, big river bets usually indicate a strong made hand, especially
at the micros. Most players will bet for value, and aren’t really inclined to
risk a significant portion of their stack without something to back it up.

The only exception would be loose and aggressive players, and maybe some solid
tight and aggressive players who know what they’re doing, and know that a well
timed aggression can go a long way. 

But again, these are quite rare at the micros.

So against LAGs, you should try to bluff catch from time to time if you
believe they have a significant amount of bluffs in their range. 

Just bear in mind that it’s a high variance play, so be prepared to take it in
stride when they actually had the nuts all along.

Against aggrofish (aka maniac fish) you should widen your river calling ranges
significantly, and be prepared to call them down with less than ideal
holdings. 

Don’t wait around for a monster hand, because these don’t come along as often,
and try to take their stack before the next guy. 

Lastly, if an otherwise weak and timid player starts making huge bets, your
top pair hand probably isn’t good enough anymore. 

Look for completed draws and assume they have it. Make a disciplined laydown
and live to fight another day. 

One bonus tip, be sure to practice hand history review off the felt. Filter
for the hands that went to showdown, and try to narrow your opponent’s range
street by street. 

Talk to yourself out loud and tell yourself all the information you have. This
will sharpen your decision-making skills in-game, and you’ll be able to
accurately assess your opponent’s ranges in no time. 

You’ll be able to read souls, make all kinds of huge laydowns and hero calls
like a pro. Just remember, practice makes perfect.

.

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Russia
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Mexico
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Place
Player
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Prize

1
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Canada
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2
Randy Vermette
Canada
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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Shane Pollington
United Kingdom
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Zachary Lipeles
Austria
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7
Jelmer De Visser
Netherlands
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8
Stephen Prandstatter
United Kingdom
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9
Julian Selinger
Malta
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The final five became four with the untimely demise of Pollington. Errington followed his fellow Brit to the rail. O’Connor raised twice the big blind to 2,400,000 with and Errington made it 5,400,000 from the small blind with . O’Connor ripped it in and Errington called off the rest of his 14,356,173 chips. Both players paired their ace on the board, but O’Connor’s jack-kicker won him the 41.3 million chip pot.
O’Connor now had a massive chip lead and looked set for APAT WCOAP glory but it didn’t work out that way because O’Connor was the next player out of the door. Nothing went right for O’Connor while play was three-handed. His final hand saw him lose a coinflip to Blye.
Blye min-raised to 3,200,000 with , Randy Vermette folded his in the small blind, but O’Connor jammed for 43,379,662 in total with . Blye called. The Canadian’s sevens held as the board ran . O’Connor collected $12,710 for his impressive third-place finish.
Blye Hold Huge Heads-Up Lead
Blye went into heads-up holding a 145,604,156 to 29,495,844 chip advantage over fellow Canadian Vermette. It didn’t take long for Blye to get his hands on Vermette’s chips and become the WCOAP Main Event champion.
From the button, Blye made it 3,200,000 to go with and Vermette called with . Both players improved to a pair on the flop, but both players checked. The turn brought the into view, further improving Blye’s hand. Vermette bet 5,600,000 into the 6,800,000 pot, Blye raised enough to put Vermette to the test for the 24,591,688 chips he had behind and Vermette called. The river was the , which failed to change the course of the hand and a card that sent Vermette home in second-place with $18,619 to console himself with.
Congratulations to Blye who is a worthy champion, a champion with $27,408 more in his partypoker account than a couple of days ago. Blye also receives a coveted APAT gold medal and a custom WCOAP Main Event bracelet. Top work!
A Fitting End to a Superb Festival
We’re sure you’ll agree that this APAT WCOAP festival was superb. All 16 championship events were freezeouts, had incredible structures and awarded some juicy prizes.
It was amazing to see amateur poker players from all around the world head to partypoker and showcase their skills on the big stage. We can’t wait for the next edition of the WCOAP, can you?
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This article was written by blackrain79.com contributor Fran Ferlan.

Facing a pot sized bet can be a difficult spot to play. 

We are faced with a big decision, often in marginal situations, and have to
decide then and there whether or not to continue and potentially put our
entire stack on the line on consecutive streets, or give up right away and
relinquish our equity. 

The problem becomes even more complicated when the bet we face comes from an
erratic and unpredictable opponent, aka the fish.

What the hell are they doing this with? Why are they donk betting? Do they
have the nuts or complete air? 

You want to find out, but it’s expensive to do so. And it’s very difficult to
put them on the exact range, let alone narrow it down to a couple of hands.

Facing a Pot Sized Bet By a Fish

So what do we do in a situation like this? Unfortunately, the answer is all
too familiar: it depends.

But that’s not really helpful, so let’s break it down in this article.

But before providing some answers, let’s first define the questions and narrow
it down to make our lives easier.

This article will focus on facing a pot sized donk bets in single raised pots
and 3-bet pots from recreational players on the flop and turn, because: 

A) it’s a spot in which players tend to struggle the most, and… B) because these situations are more common than facing a C-bet against
fish, as fish usually call more than they raise.

Also, when playing against fish, you should be the preflop aggressor most of
the time anyway. 

The article was written with cash games in mind, but is applicable to other
formats to some extent as well.

Definition of a Recreational Poker Player (Fish)

For the purpose of this article, a fish is a recreational player that plays
too many hands (typically 40% or more). If you play online you can
use a HUD
to show you this right on your screen.

They also play fairly passively both preflop and postflop (with the exception
of aggro-fish, more on that below) and makes huge fundamental mistakes and all
kinds of crazy nonsense plays. 

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A few more quick definitions, so that we are on the same page here:

A single raised pot (SRP) is a pot in which there was a raise preflop, and the
other player(s) just flat call instead of 3-betting.

A 3-bet pot is a pot in which a player re-raised the original raiser and other
player(s) call. A 3-bet pot will usually have a much more shallow stack-to-pot
ratio (usually 5 or less).

By the way, if you need a reminder on SPR and how it affects your preflop
strategy, BlackRain79 already has you covered in a
recent article.

What is a Donk Bet?

In a broader sense, a donk bet is a bet made out of position against an
earlier street aggressor. For example, you raise preflop on the button,
villain calls in the small blind, and fires up a bet on the flop.

 

It isn’t necessarily a derogatory term, as there are situations where it might
be a correct play. 

But as this article will hopefully demonstrate, when fish make a pot sized
donk bet, it’s rarely an optimal play.

We already said that our decision on what to do against a pot sized bet
depends on a lot of factors. So let’s break them down, starting with how
committed we are to the pot.

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SPR and Pot Commitment

The smaller the SPR, the more committed we are. If the stack-to-pot ratio is 3
or less, we are committed with a top pair hand or better. 

This will happen often either in 3-bet pots, or when fish are playing
shortstacked (i.e. their effective stack size is significantly less than 100
bb, because they bought in for a minimum of 40 big blinds, for example). 

So when we face a pot-sized bet against a fish on the flop with a made hand,
we should be inclined to get all our money in the middle, preferably as soon
as possible.

Top pair hands go up in value in shallow SPR pots, as opposed to speculative
hands that perform better in deeper SPR pots.

 

The reasons we shouldn’t try to slowplay in this situation are abundant.

First of all, implied odds are bigger on earlier streets than the later ones,
so fish are more likely to call us down with all kinds of crazy draws, like
gutshot draws, backdoor flush draws and so on. 

They don’t care about the math, and the risk-reward concept is only vaguely
familiar to them.

 

Secondly, the board runout might scare them off. If they have a top pair or
second pair on the flop, they might end up with a third or fourth pair by the
river, and won’t be as willing to pay us off. 

And lastly, fish have extremely wide preflop calling ranges. The wider the
range, the harder it is to connect with the flop. 

Fish are also notoriously impatient, and if they have little money left
behind, they’ll often just roll the dice and try to get lucky with their
suited junk, fourth pair, ridiculous draws and so on.

So with a top pair hand or better in a small SPR pot, your best bet is just
get all the money in as soon as possible and hope your hand holds up against
their nonsense. 

It won’t always be the case of course, but as long as you’re getting your
money in with a mathematical edge, you’re good. You did your job, and the rest
is up to the poker gods.

Example Hand

Effective stack sizes: 80BB.

You are dealt K♥Q♥ on the BU.

A loose passive fish min-raises to 2x in the CO.

You 3-bet to 7x. Blinds fold, fish calls.

Pot: 15.5 BB

Flop: K♠9♦7♣

Fish bets 16.5 BB
You: ??? 

You should raise.

Let’s consider the previous action, the flop texture and villain’s potential
range.

A fish min-raised in the CO, which means they probably like their hand
somewhat, but since they play north of 40% of all hands, we can’t narrow their
range too much. 

We go for an isolation 3-bet and the fish calls. Their range is capped,
meaning we can probably eliminate AA, KK, and AK.

We flop top pair decent kicker and face a big bet. We need to make a decision
right then and there. Commit or quit.

Folding is out of the question, of course. 

SPR is 4.7, i.e. on the smallish side of the spectrum. We aren’t necessarily
automatically committed, but in this spot against this particular opponent we
pretty much are, so we should play for their whole stack.

A number of hands that would give us action against which we’re ahead of is
through the roof. Any Kx hand, like KJ, KT, a bunch of drawing hands, like QT,
QJ, JT, J8, T8, T6, 86, 85, 65, maybe even 9x hands like Q9, J9, T9, 98 and so
on. 

Remember, we are playing against somebody that plays nearly half of all hands,
so they can have ALL of those hands in their range and then some. 

Sure, there are some hands that have us beat, but those are just a small part
of their overall range. 

We are quite comfortably ahead most of the time, and should get our money in
and let that edge play out. 

We can call here as well, but a lot of turn cards can kill our action.
Remember, implied odds are bigger on the flop than on the turn, so we should
take advantage of that. 

What About Drawing Hands?

Having a top pair hand against a fish and facing a pot sized bet in a shallow
SPR spot is pretty straightforward, and these hands basically play themselves.
There’s not much more to do than get the money in and hold your breath. 

But as we know, most hands miss most flops.

We don’t have a made hand on the flop more often than we do. We usually either
miss or have some sort of a drawing hand. Also, effective stacks can be quite
deeper, particularly in cash games. 

This is where it gets a little trickier, and we need to rely on math to make
an educated guess on how to proceed.

When we face any bet on the flop, it can be extremely useful to memorize certain pot odds in relation to the bet size. That way, you don’t need to
waste any brain power to calculate the pot odds in every single situation.

 

Poker is essentially an extremely complex math problem, so it’s useful to use
some shortcuts in order to make better in-game decisions.

One such shortcut is to remember that when you face any pot sized bet, you are
getting 2:1 pot odds on a call, which means you need to win the hand 33% of
the time on average for your call to be profitable. 

So if your equity is 33% or more against your opponents range, you can
continue profitably.

 

But how the hell can you know if your hand is good 33% of the time? You can’t.
In order to know that definitively, you’d have to know your opponent’s exact
range, which is virtually impossible. 

What’s more, that’s only the part of the equation, because you also need to
take into consideration a number of other factors, such as implied odds,
action on future streets, board runout etc. 

Too many unknown variables, too little time. 

To avoid such paralysis by analysis, let’s try to simplify once again and
focus on what we actually know.

We can’t accurately predict the fish’s range, but we don’t really need to. We
can rely on our intuition backed up with a little bit of math once more. 

If we have a drawing hand, again, it might be worth memorizing how often we’ll
hit our outs.

The Rule of Four

 

We can use the rule of four to quickly guesstimate our equity, by simply
multiplying our number of outs by 4. This rule becomes less reliable the more
outs we have, but it’s accurate enough for most in-game situations.

Here are the chances of improving your draws from flop to river you should
have memorized:

A flush draw completes 35% of the time.
An open-ended straight draw completes 32% of the time.
A gutshot straight draw completes 17% of the time.

So we see that calling a pot sized bet on the flop with a flush and open-ended
straight draw can be outright profitable. 

Of course, we won’t always be drawing to the nuts, so even if we do improve,
it doesn’t mean we’ll necessarily win the hand, so these percentages are only
a guideline.

There are many other factors that determine whether or not our play is +EV or
not, but since a lot of those factors will be unknown, we can always fall back
on the fundamental math to try and make an informed decision.

But like we said, it’s only a piece of the puzzle. It still doesn’t answer the
cardinal question of poker: what the hell are they doing this with? 

We need to have at least a vague idea of our opponent’s ranges in order to
apply our mathematical knowledge somewhat successfully. 

To do so, we need to know what kind of opponent we are facing. Not all fish
are created equal, and it would be a huge mistake to apply a
one-style-fits-all strategy when playing against them. 

While it’s true they might share certain traits, it doesn’t mean they all play
the same in all situations. Here are a few rules of thumb to keep in
mind. 

First of all, the looser the villain, the wider you can call. The higher the
villain’s VPIP (voluntarily put money in the pot), the more junk they’ll have,
and it will be less likely they’ve hit the flop in any significant way.

Also, when it comes to recreational players, the higher the VPIP,  the
worse player they tend to be. A 90% VPIP fish is certainly going to play worse
than a 40% VPIP fish.

Next, the more aggressive the fish, the wider you can call. As we’ve said
before, not all fish are of the passive variety. 

Some of them like to spew chips around and make all kinds of wild bluffs,
betting and raising erratically, and what’s worse, getting away with it a
large chunk of the time. 

While they can be frustrating to play against, these kinds of players can
actually be your biggest source of income. 

But only if you remain patient and keep your ego in check. 

Also, from time to time you might need to call them down with a hand you won’t
be quite comfortable calling with otherwise, like a second pair, or even an
Ace high in some situations.

Example Hand

Effective stack size: 100BB.

You are dealt A♣K♠ in MP.
A loose and aggressive fish limps UTG.

You iso-raise to 4x. Folds around, aggrofish calls.

Pot: 9.5BB

Flop: Q♥T♠3♣

Aggrofish raises to 9.5BB
You: ???

You should call.

As opposed to the previous example, we have a much bigger SPR of about 10, so
we aren’t automatically committed to the pot, and we have a lot more
maneuverability post flop.

Folding is out of the question in this spot, as we are drawing to the nuts
with four Jacks, as well as a TPTK (top pair top kicker) with any Ace or a
King. 

If we hit any of our outs, we can be comfortably ahead of the villain’s range,
which is extremely wide in this situation, considering their player
type. 

Like in the previous example, it can consist of any number of hands like top
pair weak kicker, second pair, third pair, gutshot draws, backdoor flush draws
and so on and so forth. 

Too many to even consider counting here. 

We aren’t necessarily ahead with our Ace high hand, but we have a large chunk
of equity we aren’t willing to give up. We can consider raising, but if we do,
we might only get action from hands that have us crushed. And what if the
villain comes over the top with a shove? 

Certainly not an optimal spot for us. 

By flatting, we allow them to keep barrelling on future streets with all their
crazy bluffs, while also controlling the size of the pot. 

Then we can assess the best course of action on future streets. We have
position and a skill edge in the hand, so we should utilize it.

Answering blind aggression with aggression of our own should be done only if
we can conclude with some certainty that we are comfortably ahead with our
hand and that we can get action from weaker hands.

What Should You Do Versus a Turn Pot Sized Bet?

 

Here’s where things get a little trickier, because there’s more information to
consider.

If you encounter a turn pot sized bet, you should consider all the info
mentioned before, as well as previous action, but you should bear in mind that
turn ranges tend to be stronger, and there’s a lot less junk in their range at
this point.

They will still rarely have the absolute nuts, and practically never have
complete air. What this usually means is they probably picked up some equity
on the turn. 

You should tread carefully, but if you’re already pot committed, this
shouldn’t change your plans too much. That’s why it’s important that you
decide on the flop whether or not you want to take your hand to the felt.

As a rule of thumb, if you call one street, you should usually call the
consecutive one as well. So if you call a flop bet, you should be prepared to
call the turn bet as well, otherwise you’re better off folding right there on
the flop.

Bear in mind that the higher their VPIP, the more ridiculous hands you can
expect in their range.

These are all just guidelines of course. No two players are completely alike.
So take all this advice with a grain of salt. 

So What is Their Actual Range?

Finally, let’s answer the cardinal question, what are they doing this with? As
we’ve seen, it depends on a lot of factors, and most of the time we shouldn’t
overthink it and play it straightforwardly, especially in shallow SPR
pots. 

But if we’re playing in deeper SPR pots, we should take more factors in
consideration, including our opponent’s range.

Here’s the bottom line: 

When you encounter a pot sized donk bet from a fish, they usually have a
mediocre or a drawing hand. They probably don’t know what to do with it.

They don’t want to fold it, but they aren’t particularly stoked about it
either. So they try to “buy” the pot right there on the flop, hoping a big bet
size would scare off their opponents. 

They will almost certainly never have the nuts, and they will never have
complete air either. 

Why? Well, it all comes down to fish psychology. Fish have a strong propensity
to be deceptive. 

They like to slowplay their huge hands in order to trap their opponents, or
make huge bluffs, because that’s what poker is all about, right? 

Outplaying people and owning souls. It certainly isn’t about odds and
percentages and all that boring stuff.

So if they have a really strong made hand on the flop, like two pair or
better, they will often slowplay it, because they don’t want to scare you
off. 

And if they missed the flop completely, they’ll just give up a lot of the
time, because that’s about as far as their technical game knowledge
reaches. 

They see their hand, they have some rudimentary understanding of the flop
texture (i.e. they can see if they hit or miss), and that’s about it.

So when they fire off a bet, you can narrow down their range to something like
top pair weak kicker, second pair etc. And if they have a drawing hand, they
will rarely be drawing to the nuts. 

They will usually have a gutshot draw, backdoor straight and flush draws and
all other kinds of nonsense.

Summary

Facing a pot sized bet from a fish can be a difficult spot to play. We are
often faced with a big decision with a limited amount of information, and
their range is outright impossible to predict.

Now, you don’t necessarily need to study a bunch of advanced poker strategy to beat these kinds of players. But in these situations it pays to have a default plan and stick with the
fundamentals.

First thing we should consider is the effective stack size and size of the pot
to determine our commitment to the pot. If we have a made hand (like top pair
or better) in the small SPR pot we should aim to get the rest of our stack in
the middle as soon as possible.

Getting involved in shallow SPR pots with fish and trying to take their whole
stack is something we should aim to do often anyway.

If we have a drawing hand, we should memorize how often our draws complete in
order to assess whether or not we can continue playing profitably. Counting
our outs and using the “rule of four” will work in a pinch. 

Some factors to keep in mind are our draw strength, the number of outs,
implied odds, our opponent type and so on. The more factors work in our
favour, the faster we can play our hand.

As far as our recreational players’ actual range is concerned, it varies
wildly. A lot of the time even they don’t know what they are doing. But when
they fire off a pot sized donk bet, we can usually narrow it down to some kind
of mediocre hand. 

They will almost never have the absolute nuts, but they won’t be bluffing with
absolute air, either. The reason for this is that fish love to be deceptive,
so they’ll often slowplay their huge hands lest they don’t scare off their
opponents.

So you can narrow down their range to something like: top pair weak kicker,
second or third pair, weak straight and flush draws and so on.

Also, the bigger their VPIP, the weaker their overall range, so you can call
them down more widely.

If they fire off a pot sized bet on the turn, we should be more careful, but
hopefully we’ve put the majority of our stack in by now. All the general rules
still apply.

When playing against recreational players in general, the best approach is
always to keep it simple and stick with the fundamentals. Play your hands as
straightforwardly as possible, and don’t worry about being too predictable.
Save your fancy plays for players that actually pay attention. 

Keep in mind that most of your money in poker won’t come from your superior
skills, but from your opponent’s mistakes, so act accordingly.

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Our trio of Big Game tournaments awarded some massive prize this week. The champions of The High Roller Big Game, The Big Game, and Mini Big Game shared almost $130,000 between them!
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The High Roller Big Game Final Table Results

Place
Player
Country
Prixe

1
Robert Davison
United Kingdom
$73,494

2
Ami Barer
Canada
$47,291

3
Vladimir Kravchenko
Ukraine
$32,447

4
Marius Gierse
Austria
$22,943

5
Shawn Daniels
Canada
$17,024

6
Wietse Hasper
Netherlands
$13,622

7
Daan Mulders
Netherlands
$11,516

8
Pim Gieles
Netherlands
$9,789

9
Christoph Vogelsang
United Kingdom
$8,117

Vamos! Vicente Locks Up Big Game Title
Brener Vicente of Brazil is the latest in a long line of partypoker players to win the $530 Big Game. A field of 485 entrants ensured the $200,000 guarantee was smashed by $34,100 and it was the top 79 finishers who got their hands on a slice of this prize pool.
Dominic Nitsche burst the money bubble, paving the way for such luminaries as Preben Stokkan, Niklas Astedt, Sam Grafton, and Anton Wigg to pad their bankrolls with some prize money.
Nobody at the final table won less than $3,844 for their efforts, with the final four finishers scooping five-figure prizes.
Adrian Mateos was the first player to net this juicy amount, namely $13,155. British pro Ben Jones fell in third for $19,863, which left Jeppe Bisgaard and Vicente heads-up for the title. The final two players struck a deal that saw Vicente crowned champion and collect $37,563, with Bisgaard officially finishing in second place with a prize of $32,517.
The Big Game Final Table Results

Place
Player
Country
Prixe

1
Brener Vicente
Brazil
$37,563*

2
Jeppe Bisgaard
Denmark
$32,517*

3
Ben Jones
United Kingdom
$19,863

4
Adrian Mateos
United Kingdom
$13,155

5
Lee Amestoy
United Kingdom
$9,175

6
Julien Perouse
Canada
$7,272

7
Aleksejs Ponakovs
Estonia
$5,842

8
Padraigh Lally
Ireland
$4,736

9
Igor Dursel
United Kingdom
$3,844

*reflects a heads-up deal
Esparza Outlasts Monster-Sized Field in Mini Big Game
Abel Esparza helped himself to the $18,424 top prize in the Mini Big Game after he outlasted a massive field of 2,493 opponents. Esparza’s heads-up opponent, Matheus Graciolli, was the tournament’s other recipient of a five-figure prize, namely $12,506.
A special mention for everyone else who reached the final table, which was no mean feat considering the size of the field. Daniil Nabokov (9th – $1,397), Kyle Jones (8th – $1,795), Michele Tocci (7th – $2,266), Eric Neves (6th – $2,928), Jamie Munro (5th- $3,843), Jakub Maryska (4th – $5,652), and Mauricio Silveira (3rd – $8,529).
You can win your way into this week’s tournament for a mere $5.50 outlay, good luck!
The Mini Big Game Final Table Results

Place
Player
Country
Prixe

1
Abel Esparza
Mexico
$18,424

2
Matheus Graciolli
Brazil
$12,506

3
Mauricio Silveira
Brazil
$8,529

4
Jakub Maryska
Czech Republic
$5,652

5
Jamie Munro
United Kingdom
$3,843

6
Eric Neves
Brazil
$2,928

7
Michele Tocci
Malta
$2,266

8
Kyle Jones
Canada
$1,795

9
Daniil Nabokov
Russia
$1,397

Other Weekend Highlights
There were plenty of big scores enjoyed on February 7, thanks in part to the new PLO Daily Legends tournaments. Check out some of the highlights below.

OelaPaloema – first-place in The High Roller One Shot for $49,678*
arowana – first-place in The 300 for $24,057*
MrLuckyMan – first-place in The Weekender for $17,445*
SeeUiN1HouR – first-place in The One Shot for $14,293*
Muilpeertje – first-place in The Gladiator for $13,215*
Killer K – first-place in The Great Game for $8,584
Vindruvan_ – first-place in The Fortress for $4,960*
Oksiee – first-place in The Steel Wheel for $2,700*
AllMeMaybe – first-place in The Chieftain for $1,680

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“BARRELSWEET” will look back on December 28 with great fondness because it’s the day they became a KO Series champion. BARRELSWEET was one of 283 entrants in the $1,111 buy-in event and was the last player standing when the dust settled.
Victory in this high stakes battle weighed in at $55,541 with bounties included. In fact, the champion’s bounty haul was almost $11,000 more than the first-place prize, showing how profitable PKO events can be.
“Pep_Guardiola” was the tournament’s runner-up and they can’t be too disappointed with that result. Second place was worth $22,479 which was boosted by $4,907 worth of bounty payments.
Fifth place finisher “ShraFTW” was only $33 short of a five-figure haul while “IwillTr1pleU” and “Jupiter Jones” walked away with prizes in excess of $15,000.
Everyone else at the nine-handed final table won more than $5,000 each.
KO Series #02 – One Shot Final Table Results

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
BARRELSWEET
$22,509
$33,032

2
Pep_Guardiola
$22,479
$4,907

3
Jupiter Jones
$15,050
$2,536

4
IwillTr1pleU
$9,935
$5,910

5
ShiraFTW
$7,116
$2,851

6
ClaudeJaque
$5,683
$3,962

7
MonkeyFish88
$4,324
$1,591

8
whatitbedoe
$3,565
$4,277

9
KautoStar
$2,952
$2,553

PottersBar Triumphs in the Mini One Shot
“PottersBar” is a town in Hertfordshire, England but also the name of the partypoker player who won the $111 Mini One Shot KO Series event.
A star-studded field of 1,882 players bought into this event and PottersBar shone the brightest. Their $111 investment is now worth $25,929 thanks to securing the $12,662 top prize and accumulating $13,267 worth of bounties.
A chunk of that bounty payment came from sending “Karakorum2” to the rail in second-place. Our runner-up’s combined prize was $13,814, which is a pretty good return on a $111 buy-in and sets them up for more KO Series entrants in the coming week.
KO Series #02 – Micro One Shot Final Table Results

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
PottersBar
$12,662
$13,267

2
Karakorum2
$12,640
$1,174

3
SICKN3NC3R
$8,142
$1,246

4
a.walts
$5,356
$1,659

5
IPsGoatBroo
$3,626
$828

6
jarge
$2,757
$1,088

7
joaquinho86
$1,995
$853

8
baozinq_pp
$1,583
$1,454

9
SrackAttack2019
$1,236
$1,258

BROOKLYN Turns $11 into $4,085
It was a day for players with capitalised aliases as “BARRELSWEET” won the $1,111 One Shot and “BROOKLYN” reeled in the $11 Micro One Shot title and the $4,085 combined prize that came with the victory.
BROOKLYN outlasted 3,684 opponents on their way to victory, which is no mean feat. Their prize was made up of $2,473 from the main prize pool and an additional $1,612 from the bounty prize pool.
The top four finishers enjoyed a four-figure haul. “thalamus” netted $1,427 with “SBVru77” collecting $1,775. The runner-up, “dritor” secured a $2,896 payout.
KO Series #02 – Micro One Shot Final Table Results

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
BROOKLYN
$2,473
$1,612

2
dritor
$2,466
$430

3
SBVru77
$1,568
$207

4
thalamus
$1,036
$391

5
kidilio
$699
$82

6
gonso22
$517
$49

7
BigTroll
$374
$203

8
hsy731
$300
$103

9
MR.AA
$233
$142

KO Series Events Scheduled For December 29
December 29 sees the trio of Super Six tournament conclude. The $530 Super Six is down to 33 players from the 280 starters while the $55 Mini Super Six sees 67 players return to their seats after the 1,616 starters were whittled down on Day 1. Only 79 of the 2,702 starters in the $5.50 Micro Super Six remain in the hunt for that particular title.
There is a trio of 6-Max and 7-Max Turbo tournaments sandwiched either side of today’s new KO Series events. Those events are the $1,050 High Roller, $109 Mini High Roller, and $11 Micro High Roller. These events come with guaranteed prize pools of $150,000, $75,000, and $30,000.

Time (GMT)
Tournament
Buy-in

16:05
KO Series – 6-Max: $30K Gtd
$55

16:05
KO Series – Mini 6-Max: $7.5K Gtd
$5.50

16:05
KO Series – Micro 6-Max: $750 Gtd
$0.55

19:05
KO Series #04 – High Roller: $150K Gtd
$1,050

19:05
KO Series #04 – Mini High Roller: $75K Gtd
$109

19:05
KO Series #04 – Micro High Roller: $30K Gtd
$11

22:05
KO Series – 7-Max Turbo: $40K Gtd
$320

22:05
KO Series – Mini 7-Max Turbo: $25K Gtd
$33

22:05
KO Series – Micro 7-Max Turbo: $3K Gtd
$3.30

SPINS Your Way to KO Series Tickets
A full raft of KO Series satellites running through the series but you may want to also check out the KO Series SPINS They only cost $10 to enter yet award either $20 cash or KO Series tickets worth between $33 and $2,100!

Multiplier
1st prize
Frequency in 1M Games

2
$20
631,954

3.3
$33 KO Series Ticket
240,755

5.5
$55 KO Series Ticket
123,391

10.9
$109 KO Series Ticket
3,000

32
$320 KO Series Ticket
500

53
$530 KO Series Ticket
250

105
$1,050 KO Series Ticket
100

210
$2,100 KO Series Ticket
50

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The weather outside may be freezing but the KO Series action at partypoker is red hot. The series continued on December 29 with three events crowning their champions, one of who was “SunTzu” who shone brightly in the $530 Super Six event.
SunTzu was one of 280 players who bought into this superbly structured tournament a couple of days ago and now they are a KO Series champion. Victory saw the champion get their hands on the $11,925 top prize plus a massive bounty payment of $18,234.
The champion defeated “ITSBAKINGDAVE” heads-up to secure top spot. Our runner-up walked away with $11,908 from the main prize pool plus an additional $1,968 from the bounty prize pool.
Each of the remaining finalists secured prizes in excess of $3,500 for their efforts. Third-place finisher “Crixus-the-Gaul” reeled in a combined prize worth $11,026, which will go some way to numbing the pain of taking this event down.
KO Series #03 – Super Six Final Table Results

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
SunTzu
$11,925
$18,234

2
ITISBAKINGDAVE
$11,908
$1,968

3
Crixus-the-Gaul
$8,206
$2,820

4
Coup_de_grace
$5,445
$531

5
attitydsproblem
$3,819
$1,757

6
AKMaki95
$2,964
$3,859

7
dogofwar
$2,218
$1,382

KO Series #03 – Mini Super Six Final Table Results
The Mini Super Six may have only cost $55 to enter but it paid its champion a total prize worth $8,565. That champion was “Lupittamancueba” who outlasted 1,615 opponents to become a KO Series champion.
Lupittamancueba brushed aside “VAVAEPIC” heads-up, resigning the runner-up to a $6,171 consolation prize, which is still a superb return on a $55 investment.
Everyone else who navigated their way to the official seven-handed final table won more than $1,200 for their $55 investment, showing you don’t have to spend a lot to win big at partypoker.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
Lupittamancueba
$5,013
$3,552

2
VAVAEPIC
$5,004
$1,167

3
ThePianistVGC
$3,164
$442

4
ThirdSeptember
$2,122
$1,013

5
Konga77
$1,457
$740

6
pagouperdeu
$1,041
$915

7
Alvy Singer
$729
$500

KO Series #03 – Micro Super Six Final Table Results
“HeNTho0z” took down the Micro Super Six event, emerging victoriously after playing their way through a bumper crowd of 2,701 opponents. Victory weighed in at $1,447 which is pretty incredible considering the tournament only cost $5.50 to enter. In terms of buy-ins, that equates to 263 buy-ins won! This definitely gives “HeNTh0z” the ammunition to play in the upcoming Main Events.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
HeNTh0z
$968
$479

2
MKp0kk3r
$965
$188

3
Smokyy420
$604
$129

4
kyril77
$403
$63

5
otimachina
$275
$100

6
Cka3o4Hblu
$195
$64

7
Japparox100
$135
$85

We have to give a shoutout to team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard who chopped the $215 buy-in 7-Max Hyper side event. Leonard busted in second place but not before locking up a combined prize worth $4,089.
KO Series Events Scheduled For December 30
December 30 sees Day 2 of the three High Roller events take place at 19:05 GMT.
“SpaceyFCB” leads the final 17 players from 145 starters in the $1,050 buy-in edition with “jsmackers” leading the $109 Mini edition. Only 37 of the 809 starters remain in that competition. “ToKolPo” is the player to catch in the $11 Micro High Roller where 88 of the 2,688 starters remain in contention for the title.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
HeNTh0z
$968
$479

2
MKp0kk3r
$965
$188

3
Smokyy420
$604
$129

4
kyril77
$403
$63

5
otimachina
$275
$100

6
Cka3o4Hblu
$195
$64

7
Japparox100
$135
$85

SPINS Your Way to KO Series Tickets
A full raft of KO Series satellites running through the series but you may want to also check out the KO Series SPINS They only cost $10 to enter yet award either $20 cash or KO Series tickets worth between $33 and $2,100!

Time (GMT)
Tournament
Buy-in

16:05
KO Series – Mix-Max: $60K Gtd
$162

16:05
KO Series – Mini Mix-Max: $25K Gtd
$16.50

16:05
KO Series – Micro Mix-Max: $2.5K Gtd
$1.65

19:05
KO Series #05 – Turbo Seven: $100K Gtd
$320

19:05
KO Series #05 – Mini Turbo Seven: $30K Gtd
$33

19:05
KO Series #05 – Micro Turbo Seven: $5K Gtd
$3.30

22:05
KO Series – 6-Max Hyper Battle: $25K Gtd
$109

22:05
KO Series – Mini 6-Max Hyper Battle: $10K Gtd
$11

22:05
KO Series – Micro 6-Max Hyper Battle: $1K Gtd
$1.10

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