Trikkur 14 – 200NL at Red Star Poker

by trikkur

This is an intermediate to advanced video for the small stakes players. I start by mixing 100NL and 200NL tables, but soon find 4 tables of only 200NL. I recorded this video at Red Star Poker, which was my main poker room at the time because of the great rakeback deal they offered. I teach a new move called a showdown raise that will likely force your opponent to check the river to you. I also talk about how you should listen to those warning bells in your head while you play. You can see a great example hand that demonstrates how I altered my normal play because I picked up on my opponent making a strange play.

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Showdown Raise

I mentioned a new move called the showdown raise during this session. It is similar to a blocking bet, which we learned about in Trikkur 8, but it can be used while you are in position instead of out of position. The goal of a showdown raise is the same as a blocking bet – you like your hand, but want to see a showdown for cheap. A showdown raise can be used when your opponent bets into you on the turn; and then you make a small raise of 2.5-3x of their bet size.

A villain with a made hand will often just call in this spot with a wide range of hands. His weak to medium strength hands will have no reason to raise and will either fold or call with intentions of check/folding the river. This allows you to get value from these weaker made hands, while protecting yourself from a triple barrel bluff. We wouldn’t make a showdown raise if we could call a triple barrel, so stealing that fold equity from our opponent with a similar hand range to ours is a very strong play.

A villain with a strong hand will also make a call here unless the board is very wet. (See Wet vs. Dry Board Texture) If they just make the call, it gives them two options on the river. They can bet out themselves, which allows us to fold without putting in any more money. Most opponents however will go for the big pay day and hope for a check/raise all in on the river after your showdown raise. This is why we plan on checking behind and seeing the showdown for cheap. Either way, we are losing the hand against a strong opponent and we were just trying to limit our losses.

Listen to those Warning Bells

Warning BellsAs you play more and more hands, you will start to understand the natural order of the game. This is sort of difficult to describe, but you will know what I’m talking about when those “warning bells” start going off in your head. This is usually because our opponent does something unexpected and against the normal flow of the game. Normally this is because they have a hand that is either very strong or very weak and they are trying to trick us into believing the opposite. You should pay attention to these warning bells and try to understand what your opponent is doing before making your normal play in these spots.

During this video, there was a really great example of this where I opened with and get 3-bet small out of the blinds. I called the 3-bet and the flop came and the villain just checked to me. That check set of warning bells because it seemed like a perfect flop to continuation bet on. It was relatively dry and he could easily represent that Ace. Normally I would pounce at this spot and make a bet, but I felt like I was being set up.

Since I was feeling a bit nervous I decided to just check behind on the flop with my bottom pair. The turn came a , which gives us a flush draw. The villain decides to bet out even though this turn rarely changes his hand strength. I decide to just call because there is no reason to raise with our bottom pair flush draw. If the villain calls our raise then we are behind, but if he folds then we likely had the best hand anyway.

The river was the , which completes are backdoor flush draw. The villain instantly bets full pot, which seems like a big hand frustrated that it missed value. Our flush completing allows us to make an all in raise over his bet and he decides to make the call, allowing us to win a nice pot against hist .

If I hadn’t listened to those warning bells on the flop, my bet would have likely been check/raised all in and I would have been forced to fold. Instead I took the free card and improved my hand enough to make the turn call. The river pays me off and I’m able to build a large pot after completing my hand.

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