777In this blog post, I will share five hands I recently played that I found to be particularly interesting. In order to view the hands, simply click each hand’s image and it will open the hand replayer in a different window in your internet browser. I make a point to spend a ton of time reviewing not only my hands, but hands of players I perceive to be good. If you spend time figuring out why strong players do what they do, you will increase your profitability significantly. I hope you enjoy the hands! 

Hand 1:

This hand is interesting in that when I posted it, I displayed 3-2 offsuit to effectively say “which hands should I push?” The vast majority of commenters on ShareMyPair took this to mean that I somehow went all-in with 3-2 offsuit over Faraz Jaka’s initial raise. While Faraz was certainly raising with a wide range from the button, I don’t think pushing 3-2 offsuit would be profitable. What do you think my pushing range should be against a strong player who has me covered who is capable of making loose calls on the bubble of a $25,000 buy-in event? (For those wondering, I had Kc-7c.)

Hand 2:

This was my bust-out hand from the $10,000 buy-in 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. While this is a fairly standard bad beat, what is important is that I didn’t let it bother me. I know lots of players who would have lost their minds. Instead, I continued playing my best, as I always make a point to do, and ended up cashing in two other tournaments at the PCA for $55,000.  It was a nice trip!

Hand 3:

It is not uncommon to get let off the hook by amateur players in spots where you would normally lose a large amount of chips. While it may look like my opponent let me keep the rest of my stack by not betting the river, which is obviously a huge mistake, I was really close to folding on the turn but then told myself that I would call the turn with the intention of check-folding the river if my opponent bet again. My logic was that my opponent may bet the turn with a range of pairs plus draws but that he would not continue bluffing on the river. I am unsure if my line is good or not, but I imagine simply folding the turn is better.

Hand 4:

This is a situation where I frequently try to bluff my opponents off hands that I think are decently strong by applying lots of aggression when deep-stacked. While this play works a large percentage of the time, when it doesn’t, it is quite costly. Maybe I should bluff a bit less in these spots?

 Hand 5:

This is a situation where I decided to lead with a set on the flop into two players who should have reasonably strong ranges on this middle card board. I then bet again on the turn. I really don’t have much experience in this exact situation because leading is almost always inferior to checking, but I have been experimenting with it a bit. Lots of the commenters on ShareMyPair said to check the turn, looking to check-raise. While I am fine with checking the turn, it certainly is not to check-raise. Check-raising looks super-strong to most players and if they think I have a premium hand, they will be unlikely to pay me off with their non-nut hands and when they are bluffing, they will fold. I am quite confident that unless my opponent either plays horribly after the flop or is a calling station, I should check-call then either check-call or check-raise the river, depending on the river card.

111I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of my hands. I would love to hear your comments about them. If you enjoy my site, please share it with your friends! If you enjoy this type of hand review content, you will love my book, The Main Event with Jonathan Little, which is effectively a hand history review/quiz using hands that I played in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, where I made a decently deep run. Thank you for reading.


  • mannes says:

    Hand 2: When you flat call with AA in the BB with 35 BB behind and LAG puts you all in on the flop, his range is heavily skewed to draws and medium strength hands… so you have an easy call. My question is, what’s your 3betting range against a LAG kid from the BB in this spot? Is it null, figuring that if you call with your entire range and hit the flop or have an overpair to it, he’ll do the betting for you? Or would you selectively 3bet him with strong hands that don’t flop too well, e.g. A9-AQ, KJ-KQ?

    • I would likely not have much of a 3betting range in that spot because I expect him to bluff too often after the flop, allowing me to both get value from my strong hands and bluff with some of my marginal hands.

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