If you think a little bit about this, they seem like questions that can’t really answer be answered independently, without reads, stats and notes on the Villain(s). But there are some general spots in which there is really good fold equity and players that don’t know these spots don’t recognize this fold equity right off the bat. Let’s get into some of these general spots and make you a better player!
You are the PFR and are out of position, raise with QJs and the board comes 732r or 942r. While you’re not getting many folds here with a C-bet, you’re getting floated a lot because this isn’t 2009 anymore. A check/raise will scoop the pot a lot because your opponent is set on betting his two overcards most of the time, and in these spots you can even get hands like AJ to fold.
If the guy had something really good like an overpairhe’d be 3-betting that preflop and you’d be having a lot easier time folding here. But when he just flats, check/raising on these boards makes perfect sense if he’s not on a higher thinking level than yours, because you’ll get an insane amount of folds here! Got it? Good. On to the next one!
The Mike Tyson
This is one of my favorite moves that I do at NL50, and I can tell you, it’s bitten me in the ass several times when I do it, but most of the times I’m successful with it and it makes a hefty profit in the long run!
Let’s say you raise and get flatted OOP, or even IP because it doesn’t really matter with what I’m about to show you. The board comes 456ss and you bet out half pot with your overs and backdoors and get called. What does this actually say about your opponent? (we’re only talking about regs here)
Well first of all, having this so-drawy flop, he’s for sure raising for protection when he has a set or two pair or even sometimes a flush draw, so it means that he’s not on the top of his range when he just flats here, so what you’re going to do on the TURN is going to be amazing, it’s like in boxing when you fake a left hook and then punch with full force with your right. This is why this move is called the Mike Tyson.
The Fishy Move
We can’t really raise here, because we know that these players, most of the time don’t like to find the fold button, but we can’t really call because all we have is QJ on A46r. It’s a really tough spot to be in and you can’t really do that much. Raising can be fatal because we all know recreational players never fold pairs of aces, even with weak kickers, and there’s nothing you can do here. If you don’t hit running cards, you’re going to have a bad time with the QJ, so the best option is to fold it actually.
How to create more
Check to see what flops you get max % folds when you raise. Check out what boards you check/raise with the most success, and it’s just limited by your imagination, basically. Don’t let your dreams be dreams! And when you find some sick moves, remember them and incorporate them into your game, because you’ll be a better player and a lot harder to read!
I’ll try to check out some more moves and present them to you in my following articles, so stay tuned! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and let me know if you have any moves that you use successfully!
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