Poker lessons: The time when Jonathan Little folded for the win!

Poker players everywhere know the champion poker pro Jonathan Little, who has won both the World Poker Tour’s Season VI Mirage Poker Showdown as well as the Season VII Foxwoods World Poker Finals. He was also the winner of the WPT coveted Season VI Player of the Year Award. Get all the information and keep a track of online poker news India.

About Jonathan:

Jonathan was a student of psychology at the University of West Florida where he began playing poker for fun with his college friends. With growing interest in poker Jonathan began studying the game seriously and went through numerous poker books. The person initially started with a bankroll of USD 35,000 through online poker within a short span of 6 months only, soon enough he realized that professional poker is his true calling which, led him to drop out of college to play serious poker. He has since played poker online and offline under the alias of “FieryJustice”, “Jcardshark”, and “JonLittle”.

He is also known to share educational poker related blogs, podcasts and study materials and is a poker trainer associated with various training centers online and offline.

More about Him:

Jonathan recently spoke about a common situation that occurs with players playing No Limit Hold ‘em Texas Poker tournaments. He was in the $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour event at Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Here’s how the poker pro handled it all for the win…

The blinds at the event were 400/800 with a 100. He began with a 2,000 raise from his stack of 100,000 sitting at the first position. The table had nine players. He had the hand of Ad-Qc. Jonathan recommends that while he raised, players should make a point to play snugly from an early stage. However, A-Q in this case is always a strong enough hand to raise, especially if you want to project an image that is of a loose, aggressive player. After his action an older player in his 50s called with from the middle position with 30,000 chips. Soon enough a young aggressive, loose player re-raised the bet to 7,800 from his stack of 85,000 from the small blind position.

Series of Events:

This is an important turn of events that any poker learner must look deeply into, when the small blind or even the big blind position raises against the first position raiser; it is a definite sign that it is an extreme sign of strength. This is because the first position raiser must have a strong range. Now, the players in the blinds will usually choose to call.  This is when the given situation is that they want to or would aspire to inch at closing the action.

In this situation however, the small blind opponent has the well-known image of being a loose, aggressive player, which does mean that he is definitely capable of bluffing in this case at least at some portion of the time. However, that being said Jonathan suggest he did not imagine the player to go too much out of line, as he mostly plays a tight range from the early positions which is not too susceptible to being bluffed over. But on the other hand, the older 50 year old caller had a fair chance of having a premium hand which he will obviously not intend to fold.

Jonathan realized that calling is not the ideal choice in this situation.  He could be crushed by the small blind player and the 50 year old. Since both of whom may have a very strong hands. In the range of the best possible hands: A-A, 10-10, and A-Q. Jonathan’s A-Q only has a 34% equity which is fairly low. If another player is added to the scene who has suited connectors and small pairs,  A-Q has 25% equity.

Closing statement:

In this case, as there would already be three players in the pot equity of at least 33% is necessary. Also as a general rule of thumb, when a significant pool of money already goes into a pot it is recommended you play with reasonable equity. Assuming that you are not in an exceptionally deep stacked situation wherein one can expect to win a huge amount of chips, where you just get lucky to flop with a premium hand. In this particular situation 4-betting is avoided while A-Q still makes a good bluffing.

After all this analysis, Jonathan Little decided to do a snug fold and just got a big save. The 50 year old player went all in with a pair of 8-8 while the loose; whereas aggressive player called with an A-K. This is how the poker pro dodged a bullet and saved a hefty sum of money. The hand dominating the table did most of the work. That’s how you know that folding at times is a prudent choice to make. Thus, keep up a winning streak and bankroll management in poker!

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