Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Deep Tables

For those who don't play the Deep tables they are basically designed for players who don't wish to tangle with the short stacks.

You must buy in for a minimum of 100bb and you can if you wish buy in for a maximum of 250bb.

Any time I sit down at a cash game I always buy in for the max simply to get the best implied odds vs any players who are worse than me.

The Deep tables on stars are interesting as you get some wild maniacs who have more $$$$$ to spew in bigger pots. I am still quite baffled as to why so many do not buy in for the max.... even the top players.... strange

Anyway, being deep allows for different kinds of game play. People will generally play more normally as they want to protect their BIG stacks. However some will take advantage of this and 3bet/ 4bet more aggressively as they know that you don't want to risk 250bb without a strong holding.

One of the features I like is that you can call pre, especially multi way with more speculative hands as the potential rewards are high.

Here is an example of a hand where I may have folded to the size of the 3bet if I were at a standard table but with the deep stacks I decided to call. The villain is a 32/18 over 61 hands with a 3bet of 11%

Poker Stars $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players

BTN: $159.85
SB: $50.00
BB: $134.80
UTG: $100.00
Hero (UTG+1): $125.00
MP1: $72.70
MP2: $126.80
CO: $154.45

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is UTG+1 with 8 of hearts 8 of diamonds
1 fold, Hero raises to $1.80, 5 folds, BB raises to $6.50, Hero calls $4.70

Flop: ($13.25) 2 of hearts J of clubs 8 of clubs (2 players)
BB bets $8.50, Hero raises to $23.30, BB raises to $59.50, Hero raises to $118.40, BB calls $58.90

Turn: ($250.05) 7 of clubs (2 players)

River: ($250.05) 4 of spades (2 players)

Final Pot: $250.05

BB shows A of hearts A of clubs
Hero shows 8 of hearts 8 of diamonds

Hero wins $247.85
(Rake: $2.20)

Bit of a cooler for him but it just illustrates what can happen at the Deep tables

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