The Basics Of Jackpot Poker – Episode 5
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.
Opponent: This was my second consecutive game getting heads-up against this opponent and in the first match he appeared to be limping an extremely wide range and then firing on most board. Against these player-types you need to turn up your aggression with a mix of preflop raising and post-flop check-raising so as not to get ran over.
Having played relatively tight in our first matchup due to going completely card-dead, I expected to get a little extra respect when I did turn on the aggression, at least at first. So although I wouldn’t always raise a hand like 8Ts (since it plays well postflop and I don’t want to be forced to fold it pre if he was to come back over the top), I thought this specific situation would allow me to get a little creative so I went ahead and iso-raised his limp, which he called.
The flop is clearly ideal, both because of the big draws I now held but also because the two high-cards connect perfectly with my perceived preflop raising range, leading me to fire a standard continuation-bet.
When the board pairs on the turn pretty much all the options are on the table for me, but knowing that my opponent likes to stab at a lot of pots, I decided to check and re-evaluate based on his action. After my opponent does indeed bet, I instantly noticed his strange quarter-sized bet-size, something that in my experience is rarely a value bet at the lower limits and almost never on such a draw-heavy board. With that in mind, I decided that although I could easily just bet again or even check-call, I would rather put my opponent in a tough spot and keep my value-hand story consistent. Besides, the likelihood of my opponent holding a 9 with two on the board was slim, particularly with his bet-size, while I definitely had all the suited 9s above 98s – as well as aces and queens – in my preflop raising range. I decided to go for a relatively small raise size both to feign extreme strength and leave myself with a reasonably-sized bullet (slightly less than half-pot) in case I needed it on the river.
after using his entire clock to decide, my opponent ended up folding his hand, leading me to believe he likely had a weak value hand or perhaps a draw he didn’t want to chase on a paired board, a completely reasonable fold considering it would be hard for him to imagine many hands he could beat based on my line and the fact that this was my first real aggressive action in 2 heads-up matches. So although my play might not work against a higher-level player, or one he knew my tendencies better, in lower-limit hyperturbos I always prefer to err on the side of aggression, especially with a ton of equity on my side.