Super Turbo Heads Up SNG Series (Part One): Basic Strategy

RyPac debuts super hyper turbo heads up sng poker series

In the debut video for the super turbo heads up sng series, RyPac reviews a $7 level hyper turbo heads up poker game on PokerStars.  He talks about shoving instead of small 4-bet sizing when facing a preflop 3-bet, avoiding overthinking or "leveling" yourself in straight forward situations and encouraging stack to pot ratios heading into the flop that are favorable to you in several ways.  Discussion of min bets, the good and bad of using them frequently, is also included.

The video covers solid fundamental play against a weak opponent, commonly found at this level of play.

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RyPac13's picture

Just an FYI on what to expect

Just an FYI on what to expect throughout this series.

Videos 1 and 2 I do super turbo leakfinders at this level of play.

Videos 3 and 4 (and probably 5) will be a leakfinder on Merge's super turbos, but with student notes/thoughts throughout the match to add another level of analysis to the videos.

I will conclude the series by playing a series of matches on Merge, super turbos of course.

This should end up covering a wide range of opponents, including tight, loose, aggro, passive all with various skills and different detailed makeup (because "tight" or "aggro" is too general of a term to describe our opponents and make our decisions).

kolonel's picture

Was looking at getting the

Was looking at getting the monthly membership for just this series.

Are you likely to have them up within a month ?  Would hate to miss out on anything.

RyPac13's picture

Yes, definitely. Parts 1

Yes, definitely.

Parts 1 through 4 will be finished by the end of today, so should have part 2 posted by early next week part 3 late next week and probably 3 more over the two weeks after that (sooner if needed).

kolonel's picture

Thanks for the response, much

Thanks for the response, much appreciated.

How much will this differ from Cogs series "Super Turbo HUSNG Guide" ?  Are the styles much different ?

I am sure they would be both great to incorporate overall.

Dumb question, but i imagine they are all part of the Standard subscription.

RyPac13's picture

All the videos will likely be

All the videos will likely be part of the standard membership (at least the first 5 will, there could be 6+ and maybe some higher stakes/guest people, just throwing out possibilities, and in that case one or two videos could be premium).

You'll see a lot of the same observations and general adjustments and analysis from Cog's series as mine.  It will differ mainly because there will be different specific opponents and situations.  There shouldn't be a ton of disagreement or difference, but I can see one of us being a little stronger or weaker than one another when put into specific spots, though I would expect that variation between most coaches.  I'm probably a little more long winded in a lot of my videos than Cog, I tend to think out loud for long stretches which is good and bad I think, depending on the situation.

If you do see some differences or what you think might be different approaches or ideas between Cog and myself, please do ask questions, either in the video comments or the forum (and PM us to let us know so we definitely see it).  One of the best ways to improve is to allow others to question your approach or reasoning when it looks weak.  You'll either have a better and more clear explanation and confidence in what you're doing or you will have found a weakness or leak that you can improve.

eldooder's picture

thanks for another superb

thanks for another superb video! I'm not sure i could cope with the variance in these STs, but have been watching a bunch of these all the same. Any reason why you do mainly leakfinders now? Yes they're great and felt they have been very beneficial to my own game, but i notice we haven't see you playing live for some time. Is this because you don't want to give too much of your game away which is completley understandable or because you feel this is a better format for the typical student because we can more easily identify our own leaks?



RyPac13's picture

Has zero to do with giving

Has zero to do with giving anything away, I'm happy to share my full thought process and strategy with every member here, it certainly helps me improve, among other positives.  I've also seen the impact of better playes than I literally sharing everything they know (Mers, Skates, among others) and they did nothing but get better during their time here, so there's absolutely zero worry that I'll be exploited or impacted negatively in any way by sharing what I know, and I feel strongly that this is the same for every single player out there, from best to worst.  They will only improve, that's what every bit of evidence has shown since this site was built.

I'll be making some ST videos for this series with my own game play on black chip.  I've messed around a bit on Carbon (harrahreid there, maybe a space needed), but Black Chip has been great to us so I've moved there and just got some money on there to make some videos with.

I'm a bit hesitant to put a full roll online until the regulation situation is more clear, until then I'll likely be stuck playing whatever my initial small roll + profits allows me to play.

I've been very busy with the site and some coaching as well, some of these leakfinders were a result of student discounts (student gets 50% or so off leakfinder, I post it on here, efficient/everybody wins).

eldooder's picture

ah thanks for the reply! Keep

ah thanks for the reply! Keep doing what you're doing of course always enjoy your vids! They really get me thinking about different plays and hands. I'll most likely be in touch one of these days for a leakfinder when i feel i need it...

Nyul86's picture

Voted 2 stars because of poor

Voted 2 stars because of poor choice of the games to review (imo). Ryan did his best but nobody can make a good leakfinder of these games. I expected more preflop discussion, especially 3betting and reacting to 3bets. Hope it will be covered in the next vids.

Btw I have a question about 6-J-4ss flop w 7d3d (9:25). Isn't it a good spot to stab on flop? We have a draw and a zero showdown value.

mrbambocha's picture

  K2 [AJ6ss] Is it bad to


K2 [AJ6ss] Is it bad to play back here because the A is more in our range? What if the board would be more dry, like [A93]

AK [facing a 3B] I´ve noticed against some lover stakes players that they see the opportunity to get the last bet in if you make a small 4B so they push their bluffs, or sometimes even call to see if they hit and cf fold even though they put in like 75% of their stack.

Q6 [J75] Do you think that a CB here is good against lower stakes players? I pretty much stopped CB semi-wet / dry boards against lower stakes players whiel they hate to fold. Feels like we can play the turn and river more profitable against them. Agree?

A2 [16BB]  Dont you push all A-rag against limps <25BB?

KT [J73] From my observations they bet flop with hand and push with air. So I would just check here with air, and if he bets a normal bet he has a hand and I just fold, If he pushes I snapcall.

RyPac13's picture

K2; On dry boards if I feel

K2; On dry boards if I feel they bluff a lot or play a lot of bluffs in their entire range (even if they also do strong hands, especially if they also do this with strong hands) I think a flat call can often be the best play.  But without that evidence, there are a lot of lower stakes players that will lead some sort of value hands (TP, mid pair, weak pair, draws) no matter if you cbet every flop or not.  Also keep in mind that the frequency of a hand in your range is most important, not how many hands there are.  For example, if we're raising with every ace and our opponent is calling with all aces except AJ-AK, then you might assume we have more Ax in our range.  But if we're opening 100% of hands preflop and this example opponent calls with 40% of total hands, well then he realistically shows up with Ax on that flop more often than we do.

AK; what you say may be true.  There are also potential negatives of getting into bad habits or 4betting too small in some instances even (and putting yourself in a spot that you can't play very well).

Q6; If they hate to fold to one bet I like to see if they disproportionately like to fold to two bets.  Think about the fold equity you get when a player calls a lot preflop but often folds to your cbets.  Now compare that to a player that calls a lot preflop and on the flop, but often folds to your 2 barrels.  They're both great situations for you.  As an aside, what comfort to you have playing the turn and river comfortably with Q6 on this board after checking back?  I'm not thinking of any great advantages here aside from saving a few chips and seeing a free turn card, but that often induces aggression from our opponent and we don't have a great hand to do that with (and the free turn card isn't worth a lot with this hand on this board).  Against many opponents we're not strong or certain enough to make a good call down most of the time and basically have 62o.

A2; I don't think it's always ideal after 15bb or so and I think it takes a specific opponent for it to be ideal 20bb or deeper.  If NASH is the reasoning behind this, NASH isn't meant for limping (I don't want to imply that's your reason for the question, but it is a common thing for players to apply NASH for more than it was designed for, some of which can actually be good strategy and others that can lead to less than ideal conclusions being reached.  But in short, I believe there are more profitable ways to play the hand, often by checking back and playing postflop (often) or by raising to less than a shove (2x to 3x is the most common size I seem to settle on in these situations when I do raise).

KT; I think that's too specific of a generalization.  What I mean, is that I see players all the time that will literally jam a J73 flop with J4, others that will jam it with 98 and other similar draws and others that will jam with A7.  I can certainly see an opponent that jams air and bets the flop with a hand (a Stars $100/200 husng level reg did this exact thing for awhile a few years back that people picked up on), but I think it's far from certain that most or many players do that, at least not enough players to react with a check call jam, check fold cbet strategy by default (with reads it's certainly fine, as long as the reads back up the play, an example of which you basically provide, but an example, not universal truth or majority pattern in my opinion).


RyPac13's picture

Nyul, thanks for the

Nyul, thanks for the feedback, that type of thing is important to me.  I'll try to keep future videos filled with more interesting situations, though most in this series are already completed (but I did a lot of them out of "order" and chose this one as the first one because it was more basic, so what I'm getting at is that the other videos should have more content that interests you, whereas this might have more basic/beginner/fundamental content in it).

RyPac13's picture

Also, Nyul, to your 73s hand

Also, Nyul, to your 73s hand question:

Against more passive opponents that have weak tendencies (or at least are not loose callers), a lead can make sense, as there is no fear of a frequent raise and there is the prospect for fold equity.

Against more aggressive opponents I like a check (and often a call or a raise if they are very aggressive or specifically aggressive on flops).

Against loose, passive opponents, I also like a check, as you won't have much fold equity and you can often see free turn and/or river cards.  Though sometimes it can be better to 2x or 3x barrel opponents that have these types of characteristics.

Let me know if that makes sense, rather than outline this specific opponent I think it's more helpful to talk about the when and why of that situation and to apply it to a wider variety of opponents.

Nyul86's picture

Thanks for the answer, it

Thanks for the answer, it does make sense.