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Monday, May 12, 2008

CONTEST: Underbettin' For Value

Fuel is an advocate of the "overbet for value" (betting extra large amounts when you have a monster in hopes that one or more donktards will call). Overbetting for value is indeed awesome, but you can only do so much of it.

When you play the nanostakes like I do, you'll much more often see radical under-bets. People love to bet the absolute minimum or just above it in hopes that you'll fold. God only knows why, since pretty much nobody folds a hand better than eight high. It's donktastic, but occasionally it works - possibly because people DO check the "fold to any bet" box.

Here's a hypothetical hand in action:

Full Tilt Poker Game #6930002269: Table Whatever (deep) - $0.15/$0.30 - No Limit Hold'em

Seat 1: NotEvy ($29.70)
Seat 2: on_thg ($30)
NotEvy posts the small blind of $0.15
on_thg posts the big blind of $0.30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to on_thg [7d 2s]
NotEvy calls $0.15
on_thg checks
*** FLOP *** [8h 9c 3c]
NotEvy checks
on_thg bets $1.60
NotEvy calls $1.60
*** TURN *** [8h 9c 3c] [9d]
NotEvy checks
on_thg bets $4.80
NotEvy calls $4.80
*** RIVER *** [8h 9c 3c] [9d] [Ks]
NotEvy checks
on_thg bets $0.25 [uh, boom?]
NotEvy folds [I mean, LOfreakinL]
Uncalled bet of $0.25 returned to on_thg
on_thg mucks
on_thg wins the pot ($13.40)

Why on earth would you do something as RETARDEDstupid as that? Good question!

Because you can win monies, that's why -- I love a good contest, so I will offer up a buyin to the cheapest damned blogger tournament I can find (probably the Mookie or Riverchasers, your choice) for the most reDONKalous underbet for value. The only criteria are that (1) you make a small bet relative to the size of the pot - this can be on any street - and (2) your opponent(s) fold. If you get multiple folds, bonus for you.

Email your entries to resipsapoker ...... at .... hot .... maildotcom (I think you can figure that one out) - full hand history plzkthxbye. Contest runs through the end of May. I may add additional prizes if I feel inspired.


$mokkee said...

awesome. i don't think i can rewire my brain to work that way but, i'll give it a shot.

DuggleBogey said...

Ideally I think this should be tried vs someone who was calling big bets chasing a flush or a straight that didn't get there.

Fuel55 said...

I am min-bet the river millions of times and raked huge pots - will try to find some HHs.

Drizztdj said...

I need to hit up the penny tables at Stars. They love to fold for the steroid-induced $.02 river bet with a 200+bb pot.