Originally Posted by Ronin Talken
OP, there's basically a few ways to look at your situation:
- games are too hard to beat. With 10% rake in turbos/STs, they might be. Take the time to compare the rake you play with other sites (including RB), and decide whether or not you should be able to beat the games.
- you can't improve and beat the games. (very unlikely, obviously...but this includes your willingness too. That doesn't seem to be the issue, though.)
- you are running bad and it will turn around.
- you need to work on your game.
HU SnGs are pretty gross in general...but I generally use extended downswings as an excuse to study. Can you be more specific about where you're doing your research?
- How much HUSnG.com have you watched?
- Have you checked out the articles here that were written by Mers, Skates, and Insane_Steve?
You said you seem to lose to fish, but beat mediocre regs (and super-fish). Have you gone through and spotted why? Just a few thoughts....
- its possible you aren't value betting enough. Generally, the ability to beat regs but lose to fish is due to having polarized ranges in situations where you could be value betting much thinner.
- what is your standard PFR on the BTN, and how do you adjust when against someone 3betting 15%+? How about against a fish? Against a calling station?
- what is your. VPIP OOP and 3bet%? How do you adjust?
- what is your CR% when faced with a C-bet?
- what is your double barrel%?
Tilt isn't getting in the way, is it?
Sorry to hear its been rough OP. There is nothing wrong with returning to what you know you can beat...but fwiw, you seem level-headed and intelligent. I don't think that's likely to be necessary.
Best of luck mate!
Yeah, at least one thing for sure is I need to work on my game. I am embarassed to say and at the same time not afraid to admit that I haven't been studying the game as much as I should/could have. I am hoping to change that step by step and some of the first baby steps was to open an account here to sort things out. I do not have an account on Husng.com and haven't read those articles yet, will look into those. Yeah guess the problem lies in that for the most parts I have been focusing in HU and watching videos and hand histories mainly from those.
I am having a bit of hard time to answer your questions about all those pf/postflop decisions. Guess for PFR I am generally opening a lot of hands up to 100% if the villain seems to be willing to fold a lot. Some like to play a little looser to see the flop so my first adjustion will then be either increase the size of my pf raise or then pick slightly better hands and valuebet/call thinly.
How to adjust against 15% 3bet?
: This is very hard to answer in hu sng's since it has so much to do with stack sizes in the 3bet situation and possibly a leak of mine.
If I were to play hu cash games against a guy 3betting 15% I would at first recognize that there is a lot or some air in his range. I do not see a guy who is 3betting 15% as a big time maniac but not exactly a nit either. Would cathegorize it as pretty standard.
After realizing this my next step is to try and get some idea of how much air/fold equity there is exactly. To further clarify I mean that there are almost as many possibilities to 3bet 15% as there are players (some might 3bet top 15%, some AA-QQ/AK + rest any two etc.) Trying to keep the reply short so in general I assume he wont be playing for stacks without holding at least 77+AQ+ which makes up for 6% -> 40% of his 3bet range so I can assume he will be folding a certain amount to 4bets.
-> It's possible to come up with a profitable 4betting range of valuehands/bluffs.
Next step is I guess to basicly start 4betting him and see his reaction to this (call with crap, fold, shove, slowplay...) Against a fish who shoves any two we will be looking forward to bluff less and widen the valuerange, against a fish who folds too much we will be bluffing more and guess against a calling station i will be bascily just looking to get him to valuetown.
Atc can do depending more of the gameflow (even though I personally try to pick some good Ax blockers or some nice looking suited cards.)
Ofc I am not looking forward to move all in holding these cards so sizing and stack sizes need to be suitable for the occasion. Purpose is always to apply pressure for the villain, forcing him to do the mistake before we do and possibly/hopefully tilt him in the process or reduce his game to pushing buttons with having the general feeling of uncomfortness.
But guess against general players in that situation I can 4bet them at least 20-25%.
Actually what I mean't was that I am taking the superfishes down for obvious reasons and do good against the better regs because I feel I understand their game better and recognize their abilities of leveling and feel that I usually do well in those d*ck swinging contests.
Tilt is definitely a factor. I've always had issues in booking a loosing day and more than once I've found myself staring at the monitor after I've lost 15-20 all ins in a row and thinking I must be the unluckiest player ever born. Then after playing countless hours of poker I really should just learn to get some sleep and not play more. Good instructions that have been so hard to follow in the past