This is Rush week, where FT is giving away up to $250 if you play a few hours of Rush every day. A reader asked for any tips. Also lately, there's been a lot of complaining about how Rush is cooler after cooler. A typical comment may be something like:
Every time I get AlI in a "standard" spot, I'm behind. 3bet a CO open from the blinds with AA/KK, get flatted, get it in on some random-ass 962/T43/852 flop, and they have a set like 90% of the time. Every time I get it in with KK, they have AA.
It's not like I'm crushing the games or anything, but here are some basic tips:
* Steal until you are uncomfortable. Because Rush players are constrained in the number of tables they play, many people are more likely than at a regular game to just want to get to the next hand and just pre-select "fold." Take their manies. Conversely, don't pre-select "fold" unless you absolutely are going to fold, even to a minraise. If you know someone is pre-clicking, feel free to minraise every SB vs their BB.
* The above means you will be stolen from a decent amount. Don't be shy about 3betting. If your 3bet is too low, you will never get any action unless it's unwanted. You don't have to go crazy, but it's free money up to a point, and you need enough bluffs in your range to get paid off when you have a premium hand. This will also ensure you don't get setmined to death (assuming of course, you're not barreling every 3bet pot).
* Be aware of people's 3betting range. There will be a handful of players who will 3bet a ton, possibly counting on you not having or not being able to use a HUD. Someone with a 3bet of say 15% may well be 3betting over half your button opening range from the blinds. If they want to play a bloated pot out of position with their crap range, don't be shy about obliging them (I'm assuming you don't suck at poker).
* Be aware of people's 4betting range. I see people 3betting with say AK (because it's AK!!! and you have blockers) vs some nit who never 4bets and they attribute this to a "cooler" when he 4bets, you get it in and he shows up with AA. No. A cooler is when you 3bet a 75/55 fish who always likes to get in the last raise and he shows up with AA. You just f*ed up. This will also help you eliminate hands when you have to play a 3bet pot, and will help you figure out which hands you want to shove over the 4bet.
Not sure if you got the jist of my poker "tip," but it's basically just ONE big tip, and one of the fundamental concepts of poker, which is that of ADJUSTING. When a +ev move is identified, your opponents will adjust, and then you have to adjust to your opponents, and then you have to adjust to your opponents' adjustments of your adjustments and so on.
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