Poker Millionaire Revealed
The text below is based on the video above. Most poker players appear wrong monotonous clasps (failure with three cards with the same settings). This is likely because they are being studied. When poker players learn, they generally start with the most common flop type (as it should). The mistake made by the player is to treat monotonous flops as well as the more familiar “normal” flop type. The best poker players know that monotonous flops are very different from the “normal” pin. They are rather strange, and the strategy you have to use need to explain it. You will learn a better approach to monotonous clasps, and many suggestions in this article will help you increase other types of boards too. So, let’s get dive!
This part 1 of Alex “Kanu7” series of new millar strategies! Part 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be published on this blog during the following month.
Alex is one of the winners of the biggest cash poker game, and he joins the upswing team to create content that will help you improve your money game skills.
How Things Change In Monotonous Clasps
Alex started the video by comparing the average betting frequency and sizes for all flops versus monotones (calculated using personal solver). This table summarizes comparison:
As you can see, the betting frequency has been reduced from 62% to 51% and the size of the bet is smaller. To quote Alex:
So, for some reason we decided that we would put less money in monotone flops, when we were c-bets, rather than other pinns. Not only we are very rare, but we also put a smaller size on average.
And [the reason for this] is indirectly intuitive. Both players have several flushes [in their range]. Both players have many flush images [in their range]. If you only think about how the equity of each match is suitable against each other, you might think there is no big difference between monotonous failure and non-monotonous failure.
But we are really reluctant to put as much money as we usually do. Let’s think of the reason.
Before entering Alex’s special advice for C-betting on monotonous flops, it is important to understand the fundamental size of bets.
Fundamental Size Of Bets
When your reach has a hand that is much stronger than the reach of your opponent, you usually want a big bet with strong hands (and the number of cliffs that are suitable for balance). Besides that… When your range contains a lot less strong hands from your opponent’s reach, you will usually be limited to small bets. There are other factors that need to be considered, of course, but the thumb rules above are a good starting point. Let’s look at a few examples of clasps that display one of the best cash game players of all time, OTB_REDBARON.
$ 200 / $ 400 on PokerStars. Effective stack of $ 42,919.
OTB_REDBARON rises to $ 870 on the button. Alex fold. Phil Ivey called from the big blind.
Flop ($ 1,940) A K 9
Check Ivey. OTB_REDBARON Betting $ 2,651. Ivey fold.
Why do you think Otb_Redbaron chooses to bet so big (1.4 times a pot) on this failure? OTB_REDBARON has a big advantage when it comes to very strong hands on this failure.
As Raiser Preflop, he can have AA, KK, 99, AK, and AQ. As a preflop caller, Phil Ivey could not have their hands because he would have 3 bets before failure if he did it.
By using a large size, OTB_Redbaron puts ivey in a very difficult place. Ivey didn’t have a strong enough hand to defend it. He could not be checked because he did not have a very strong hand, and he also had to worry about facing big bets on the streets of the future.
4-hand $ 200 / $ 400 on PokerStars. Effective stack of $ 125,542.
OTB_REDBARON rises to $ 1.010 on the button. Trueeteller fold. Alex called from the big blind.
Flop ($ 2,220) 5 4 2
Alex Checks. OTB_REDBARON Bets $ 686. Alex folds.
Contrary to the last hand, OTB_Redbaron chooses to use small betting sizes (30% of the pot). Do you think he chose this little size? Alex has an advantage when it comes to very strong hands in failure.
As a preflop caller in Big Blind, Alex has 63s, A3s, A3O, 54S, 54O, 52S, and all sets within its reach. As a preflop Raiser, OTB_redbaron can have several hands (set, A3S, 54S, and maybe 63s), but he can’t lift a preflope with A3O, 54O, and 52.
Because the loss at the top of the range, OTB_redbaron doesn’t really have the option for big betting. Most of the hands he wanted to appreciate bets (overpairs and falling couples) were weaker in this failure and he would not want to get a lot of money in the pot with them.
The bet size in monotonous clasps
How about two examples above relate to monotonous clasps? This is what Alex said:
If we think of monotonous failure, it’s [far more like] the second example. This is not exactly the second example – everything is a little different …
… but what would be very clear was the two players had a group of flushes. So, above the range, it will be relatively the same …
After that, we have a set and two pairs. There are benefits that we have in the set [number] and two pairs will only be a little further in our range.
So we won’t be able to bet a very large size we see in other situations, like that A-K-9. That’s why monotonous flops end with a smaller bet size than other pinns.
As an example:
3-hand $ 100 / $ 200 in PokerStars. Effective stack of $ 18.073.
Otb_redbaron raised to $ 435. Forhayley folds. Alex called a big blind.
Flop ($ 970) Q T 2
Alex Checks. Otb_redbaron bet $ 299. Alex fold.
As you can see, OTB_Redbaron uses a 31% bet on this monotonous failure. It was the same size he used in the second example flop (5 4 2 ).
Alex concluded the video by discussing the main takeaway:
- Great advantage at the top of the range → greater size betting.
- Most of our hands want to bet weaker → smaller size.
- There is no big advantage at the top of the range → not using large size.
- In monotonous clasps, use the default strategy from betting half of the time for a pot size of 25-33%.
If you want to hear each of these takeaways it is explained in more detail, watch at least 2.5 minutes from Alex’s video. Keep an eye on Alex’s second video to learn about facing C-betting bets in Monoton flops and more. It came out Friday (December 13) here on the upswing poker blog. Before you leave, Quick Questions … Versus OTB_redBaron’s C-betting on Q T 2 Flop, what hands will you check in Alex? Drop your answer below!