The Basics Of Jackpot Poker – Episode 4
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.
Situation: 97o HU otb ~9.5bbs against a fairly face up opponent who seems a little “sticky” (aka likes to call down some lighter hands)
At this depth against an unaggressive opponent, I like limping these types of middling hands knowing that i won’t be facing any bluffraises preflop and will have position throughout the hand.
Although I do have some aces in my limping range here, I don’t think a bet from me after my opponent checks gets me much credit if he has any piece of this flop (or even king high), in fact I often see players at these limits check/shove a flop like this with middle and even bottom pair, a situation I obviously would like to avoid. Instead, since nearly every turn card will be an overcard to second pair, my plan is to check back the flop and potentially barrel both the turn and river.
The turn card brings gin and now this is a standard value bet. I decided to size up slightly to a 3/4 bet since the 7 is not a card that will scare my opponent away from paying a premium and now that I have an actual hand, I want to make sure I get as much value as I can while charging my opponents for his draws.
This is a spot I see many inexperienced players check back being happy to take down the hand, but over my two decades in the game I’ve learned that one of the biggest differentiators between good and great players is their ability to extract max value from situations exactly like this. For this reason, as well as the fact that the population tendency for an opponent at these limits who makes trips on the river against a shortstack is for them to lead out, I decide to make a somewhat thin value-bet looking to get called by a worse 7, bottom pair, or even a sticky king-high. And since that’s the entire value range I see my opponent paying me off with, I decided to now size down to just a half-pot bet to ensure I have a chance to pick up a curiosity call.
Results: my opponent calls and mucks his hands. Score another one for the good guys!