Your opponent’s action timing is a powerful piece of information that is very hard for them to properly balance. Therefore it is important to be aware of the meaning of their timings.
Enjoy the hand history review below that illustrates how to properly combine your opponent’s timing with the other information made available.
Poker Stars $2.50/$5 No Limit Hold’em – 6 players
Hero (SB): $500.00
Pre Flop: ($7.50) Hero is SB with 2 Q
4 folds, Hero raises to $15.40,
BB calls $10.40
Flop: ($30.80) 4 9 3 (2 players)
Hero bets $18.23,
Given this flop, we should expect our villain to float often, especially in a blind vs blind situation. This means we can profitably attack our opponents wide range and get him to commit money before folding.
BB calls $18.23 <--- 8 seconds
Our villain takes some time to call on the flop, which I would expect if he were trying to make a play. A strong ace high or low-medium pair type hand would be more likely to call quickly. A strong hand is also very unlikely on this flop, given how wide our opponents range is.
Turn: ($67.26) 4 (2 players)
Hero bets $39.96,
As planned, our hero applies pressure on the turn and we run into a quick raise.
BB raises to $129.25 <--- 3.5 seconds,
We should be very suspicious of this raise because our opponent is likely to be weak given his flop range.
The quick raise timing should also increase our suspicion as it looks to be planned on the flop, while a strong hand would never be in a rush.
In addition, our opponent is very unlikely to have a 4 to make trips because that type of hand would have been likely to call the flop fast.
Given this slurry of information pointing to a bluff from our opponent, this is a profitable spot to put in a 3bet re-bluff.
Hero raises to $218.54,
BB calls $89.29 <--- 12 seconds
Our opponent takes a long time and calls our 3bet. I would expect his value hands to have called quickly, while his re-bluff range would take time to determine if he wants to commit to a float or a 4bet.
River: ($504.34) K (2 players)
At this point, we have done nothing to tell our opponent that we are weak, while our opponent has given several indications that he is. Therefore, our opponent should not be likely to call a river shove, as any type of value/bluff catching hand would have just called the turn.
One more thing I would like to point out, is that our opponent’s timing on every street was inconsistent. Often times when an opponent is strong, he will take a similar amount of time on every street, as villains like to take their time and ensure they don’t make a mistake when strong. This is another reason to utilize the TimeMojo randomizer tool in order to properly balance your timing range.
Hero bets $247.83 all in,
To our hero’s delight, the villain folds.
This is a perfect illustration on how to combine timing with other available information to gauge our opponents hand strength.
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