Aggressive villian

John ValentineJohn Valentine Red Chipper Posts: 48 ✭✭
There is a player at the casino where I play, Harrahs new Orleans. Though he is not hyper aggressive he always raises preflop. His range seems to be pairs+, suited connectors, A9s+, and other strong holdings. An deep range of hands. He can do this because he will buy in 1500-2000 in a 1/3 game. The most I can buy in for is 700, and Ussually 500. He has no problem putting anyone all in. I've seen this man move all in with 2 pairs. How do I play against this opponent? I know wait for strong holdings and position, but then you miss the flop and he either makes a large bet or puts you all in. It's berry frustrating. My only stratergy so far is to move to a different table. However, if I'm going to improve at poker I have to be able to beat these villains, not just run away.

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  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,388 -
    There is a player at the casino where I play, Harrahs new Orleans. Though he is not hyper aggressive he always raises preflop. His range seems to be pairs+, suited connectors, A9s+, and other strong holdings. An deep range of hands. He can do this because he will buy in 1500-2000 in a 1/3 game. The most I can buy in for is 700, and Ussually 500. He has no problem putting anyone all in. I've seen this man move all in with 2 pairs. How do I play against this opponent? I know wait for strong holdings and position, but then you miss the flop and he either makes a large bet or puts you all in. It's berry frustrating. My only stratergy so far is to move to a different table. However, if I'm going to improve at poker I have to be able to beat these villains, not just run away.

    The range of hands he can play is determined by effective stacks, not his stack.
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  • RCP Coach - Fausto ValdezRCP Coach - Fausto Valdez RCP Coach Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭
    @John Valentine as an aggressive player, the first thing i could tell you is that we win when decisions go through our actions and one of the major things that you need to realize and accept is that they miss just as often as you. They win when you overfold. You also won't get paid when obvious you have a strong (unless their truly crazy).

    So that being said you have to simply fight back. Fighting back denies them their share of equity and doesn't allow them simply pick up tons of dead money in the middle over and over and over.

    In order not to be all over the place you will need proper ranges/ blockers and frequencies. All of these topics will take time to learn but you simply need to fight back. One last tip is that when I say proper ranges, i don't simply mean be tighter and resort to position. You still need to give action to get action.
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  • RedRed Red Chipper Posts: 2,144 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 10
    His range seems to be pairs+, suited connectors, A9s+, and other strong holdings. He can do this because he will buy in 1500-2000 in a 1/3 game.
    As pointed out by Kat, the effective stack is yours, not his. So buy-in for what you're comfortable with - 500$ at 1/3$ is what I'd buy-in for too.

    Yet the range you point out isn't a crazy range. From LJ+ I casually open such range too - plus some suited gapers (T8+), maybe all AXs, some med-weak KXs if close/on the button.

    Same about going all-in: low and mid stakes (1/2$-2/5$) I'll usually aim for stacks - both for max value and because V are often uncomfortable playing for their stack. Good hand and board reading skills (better than the others) allow that.

    This is a strong Villain you usually want to avoid. Against him, if he has a skill edge on you:
    • play only a strong range - you'll lose opportunities, but you win a card edge.
    • Don't be scared to 3bet or c-r.
    • 3bet in SB/BB v. BU/CO situation to punish his loose LP range. (Be prepared to face a 4bet or to play postflop too)
    • Don't be scared to play for stacks/your stack (=you should have a proper bankroll too).
    • Play in position as often as possible, avoid OOP situation if possible
    But don't avoid the table because of him. Look how he plays, his bet sizing, his betting pattern, from which position (to the button / to his own Villain) he has certain holdings. You will learn a lot through him.
  • John ValentineJohn Valentine Red Chipper Posts: 48 ✭✭
    All good advice. Hopefully I can make some use of it.

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