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Old Apr 13, 2004, 2:50am   #1
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In my never ending quest for NL Ring game knowledge I noticed something intresting today. I'm playing a guy right now at Empire (200NL) and he's up $1400. I've been watching him closely. He's obviously very selective in his hand and makes the right moves when necessary. The thing that intrested me was after the flop if he has a good hand (top pair kicker, two pair, set, etc.) he would check and If someone bet he would call. Then judge the turn bet of the other player and if it was normal bet (say $10 flop then $15 dollar river) he would raise big time 2,3,4x bet. I though this was a great and safe move. I think he does it this way because he only bets the limit preflop (another of his moves) and someone may flop two pair etc. It's a very conservative style but becomes agresive when the situation is right. He seems to judge bets well, make min bet, calls raises when he has a good hand. It's a tight/agressive style geared towards NL ring games. I would call it reactive agressive.

With all that said I just went all in with AK. I raised the blind he reraised (I felt he did not have something big) and I went all in. He had AQ. But caught the Q Have to stop doing that. I got him earlier though (but not as much). Though (believe it or not) I was delt pocket KK's twice and won 2 nice pots since then (caught a set on one). Though I'm still down. Tonight feels like its going to last for awhile.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 6:08am   #2
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It doesn't sound aggressive enough to me, if he really only bets/raises on the river. I guess it was working for him tonight, but he must lose or have to give up a lot of pots when someone makes a cheap straight/flush/etc. Plus, if he only raises the river when he's got the nuts, it's an easy laydown for anyone who's been watching him. If he raises with anything, or if you've got the nuts, then he's just set himself up for a reraise, and he could lose a lot on the river.

Maybe I'm missing something about his play, but that's what it sounds like to me. I think you've gotta' bet/raise or at least raise small bets on the flop/turn when you have the best hand but someone may be drawing for an even better one.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 1:09pm   #3
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Yea I hear you. It's kinda hard to describe an exact strategy. Basically he seemed to play conservative but made the right moves when necessary. Still to be up $1400 at the 200NL tables is a very good day. I have never seen that before.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 1:29pm   #4
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"Basically he seemed to play conservative but made the right moves when necessary." = a rock, aka tight passive

just as i play, works well for me
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 1:59pm   #5
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He's taking advantage of one of the most common flaws in NL players games....They love to call, especially with money in the pot.
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