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I was recently told about a hand that illustrates a clear mistake that some amateurs make while working to improve their strategies. Our particular Hero was working on making thin value bets when this hand took place.

With blinds at 400/800, a loose, passive player limped from first position out of his 40,000 effective stack. Another loose passive player limped from second position. Our Hero decided to call from the hijack seat with Ks-Tc.



In this series of PokerSnowie hand history reviews, Byron Jacobs and Jonathan Little discuss an interesting spot that Byron played that Snowie disagrees with. Jonathan usually figures out why Snowie chose its play, but even he is sometimes stumped.

This week, Byron and Jonathan discuss how to play a marginal made hand that rivers the nuts.



Don't Be a Calling Station

I was recently told about a poker hand that illustrates a costly mistake that many amateur players make on a regular basis. In a $1/$2 nine-handed cash game with very deep $600 effective stacks, the player in first position limped and Hero limped behind with 6-6.

Hero’s limp is perfectly fine, given the deep stacks. Even if someone yet to act makes a reasonably sized raise, Hero can easily call due to his excellent pot odds. Raising to about $10 may have a bit of merit if it will usually get the pot heads-up, but that will not be the case in most small stakes cash games.



In this series of PokerSnowie hand history reviews, Byron Jacobs and Jonathan Little discuss an interesting spot that Byron played that Snowie disagrees with. Jonathan usually figures out why Snowie chose its play, but even he is sometimes stumped.

This week, Byron and Jonathan discuss when you should continue barreling off when a draw arrives.



Messing Up on the River

I was recently told about a hand from a recreational poker player that illustrates a common flaw in many players’ strategies. In a deep-stacked $5/$10 no-limit cash game, the player in first position at a nine-handed table raised to $50 out of his $4,000 effective stack. The players in second position, third position, and the cutoff called. Our Hero decided to call on the button with Ks-8s.

While calling in this situation may be standard for many recreational players, it is a substantial mistake. The initial $50 raiser almost certainly has a premium hand, given he raised into the other eight players from first position. The early position callers should also have strong hands. While Hero may be able to win a hefty pot when he happens to make a flush, even then, he could be against the nut flush. Hero should simply fold and move to the next hand.



In this series of PokerSnowie hand history reviews, Byron Jacobs and Jonathan Little discuss an interesting spot that Byron played that Snowie disagrees with. Jonathan usually figures out why Snowie chose its play, but even he is sometimes stumped.

This week, Byron and Jonathan discuss how to play a flopped flush draw when it improves to middle pair on the turn.



In this series of PokerSnowie hand history reviews, Byron Jacobs and Jonathan Little discuss an interesting spot that Byron played that Snowie disagrees with. Jonathan usually figures out why Snowie chose its play, but even he is sometimes stumped.

This week, Byron and Jonathan discuss whether or not you should get all-in with Q-Q before the flop for 125 big blinds.



A Butchered Tournament Hand

I was recently told about a hand from a $1,000 buy-in live poker tournament that illustrates a few significant flaws in the strategies of many poker players (both professional and amateur). With blinds at 6,000/12,000 with a 420,000 effective stack, a splashy player limped from first position and then the player in second position raised to 42,000. Everyone folded around to our Hero who decided to call from the small blind with Kh-6s.



In this series of PokerSnowie hand history reviews, Byron Jacobs and Jonathan Little discuss an interesting spot that Byron played that Snowie disagrees with. Jonathan usually figures out why Snowie chose its play, but even he is sometimes stumped.

This week, Byron and Jonathan discuss playing middle pair when lots of draws miss on the river.



Two Blunders in One Hand

I was recently told about a hand from an amateur poker player that illustrates two detrimental mistakes that many amateur players make on a regular basis.

In a $1/$3 cash game, a tight, solid player raised to $20 out of his $800 effective from third position at a nine-handed table. An unknown player in the cutoff called. Our Hero decided to call with 9d-8h from the big blind.


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