Wow. Just when you think you've started figuring some things out, poker has a way of smacking you back down. Yesterday, I thought for variety, I would focus on playing the shallow 6 max tables, and I just got smoked for FIFTEEN 40bb stacks. I mean 7.5 stacks were just off of -ev (bad luck), but still! FIFTEEN STACKS!!! I'm sitting at tables with a lot of players who look really bad, but maybe they're not that bad? I'm thinking there might be some strategy adjustment I'm missing there. Or maybe I should just stick to my ultra-nitty play-only-the-nuts style that seemed to have worked somewhat well.
I had noticed that people generally flat hands like AA rather than 3bet in this game because the stacks are so shallow. But most people also had slightly higher 3bet numbers. In previous sessions, people would fold when I 4bet shoved, so I decided to go to town. It all started innocently enough when I 4bet shoved AJ over a 3bet (we're only playing with 40 BB stacks) and ran into AQ. Cooler. But towards the end a guy with almost a 20% 3bet raises me preflop and I 4bet shove K3o, and he shows up with QQ (the nuts). Oddly, I thought this was +ev because if they're unlikely to 3bet AA (and maybe not even KK), and not calling *that* often with a wide 3bet range, then there's a ton of dead money in the pot and I have over 30% equity vs their calling range. Doh!
On the bright side, I didn't run well at Rush either, but I still made a small amount of money. I've been putzing around with playing more 3bets in position, but not seeing any concrete results. It'll take some time to get enough hands to evaluate. I'm really trying to make a push to work on things this month so that I can feel comfortable going back to 2/4+ by August. We'll see.
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