The Basics Of Jackpot Poker – Episode 3
With Americas Cardroom bringing the Million Dollar Jackpot back to the Jackpot SNG games, I thought it would be a great time to cover some basic strategy concepts to help you maximize your longevity in the games while awaiting that life-changing spin.
Today’s concept looks at a common mistake many players make when trying to add some aggression to their hyperturbo game.
at 25bb 3-handed, K4s is essentially the bottom of our raising range on the button (otb). In fact, an argument can be made for inexperienced hyperturbo players to tighten up a little further and fold this borderline hand to avoid getting into too many tricky spots.
This flop is one that I see inexperienced players make a mistake on almost religiously. That’s because although it’s true that we need to be more aggressive in hyperturbo games and continuation-bet more often, this is not necessarily one of those spots. Not only do we have some showdown value with King-high here, but if we cbet a hand this weak our cbetting percentage will end up being much too high, giving our opponents the opportunity to profitably float and check-raise our bets at a frequency that’ll be tough for us to defend against.
Although it’s not a rule set in stone, generally speaking, if I think I’ll only have 3 or fewer outs when my cbet gets called on the flop, I’m much more likely to check back my option and either give up the hand or look to make a move on a later street.
And for those worried about “balance” (keeping a similar number of value-bets and bluffs within each range), we can balance this check-back by making the same play with our top and maybe even middle sets, some of our top two pairs, and our ace and king high flush draws.
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Conclusion: by selecting some spots to forgo our aggressive cbetting strategy, we will be in a much stronger position to take down the pot when we do elect to continue firing into the pot while also putting our opponents in some uncomfortable turn and river situations they might not be used to facing.