Thinking About Ranges

We could be doing this during the hand or in a post-session analysis, but either way PokerStove helps us to figure out whether or not we are making profitable decisions according to our equity. Our opponent will spot that our range is very unbalanced and weighted toward drawing hands when we do this and so can play accordingly to exploit our actions. You also have our range calculator available. As you can see from the quick examples above, PokerStove can be really quite powerful if you know how to use it well. He wears dark pants, boots, gloves, and a tall dark hat with an insignia on it.

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He checks, which tells you very little, and you are happy to check behind. The river is a deuce, and your opponent checks again, enabling you to narrow his range even further.

You are fairly sure that he would have bet any full house or quads and would have bluffed with a counterfeited pair. Looks like a good situation to value bet, since you are almost never beat. The question now is how much to bet. To determine this, you need to consider which hands you are targeting. In this case, you are looking to get value from QJ and Q9.

What would cause your opponent call a river bet with Q high? If he thinks you are bluffing. Thus, you have to make a bet that your opponent will interpret as a bluff. This is an important point, because many players make the mistake of betting an amount commensurate to the strength of their hand. This is a very obvious, intuitive betting pattern, and your opponents can and do take exploit it. I am not saying that you should always make a big value bet here; that depends on your opponent.

If your opponent will call a half-pot bet with Q-high three times as often as he would call a pot-sized bet, then you should bet the smaller amount. If he will call the smaller bet less than twice as often, then the bigger bet is better. You must first decide which hands you want to call you and then determine how to maximize your equity against those hands.

That does seem extremely tight. Also, wondering why we are not getting it All-In pre against a 16BB stack. There must be a better spot. He said that we know the villain is a nit that will only get it in with a set.. I had a hand the other day where I narrowed down a nits holding to quads on the river..

I called a river raise wrongly, as I knew the nit could only raise quads in that spot. Equity and combinatorial analysis output as you update the hand grid. Slice up ranges like a ninja and get instant feedback.

Find out how a range, or grouped selection, hits a board. Broken down by pair and high card value, as well as straight and flush draws. See combination size of groups with handy pie and stacked bar graphs. Assign combos into groups in just a couple of clicks.

Powerful rules in absolute and relative strengths are only a dropdown away. Auto-select based on equity is one of many additional auto-selection options in the toolbox to quickly break down a range.

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But now the big question is If you have a balanced range, your opponents are going to find it difficult to narrow your hand range down and play optimally against you. If we are making the same action with a variety of different hands, how can an opponent narrow down our range of possible hands? We benefit from the fact that our opponents can't narrow our range accurately based on our actions due to our "balanced range".

The harder it is for our opponent to figure out what sort of hand we are holding the better. The less our opponent knows about our hand the more mistakes they will make when they play against us, which means that as a result we will be winning more money from them over the long run because they fail to play optimally.

Poker is a big game of broken information; the more information you can piece together the more profitable your decisions will be. If we can reduce the amount of information that our opponents can piece together by balancing our range, the less profitable their decisions will be. To put all this simply:. Let's say that every time you flop a strong drawing hand like this out of position you check-raise your opponent on the flop.

Now, check-raising is not a bad play at all here, in fact it's a pretty good one. You might think it's pretty deceptive to play a drawing hand so strongly in this instance, but if you're playing drawing hands exactly the same way every time then your play is no longer deceptive. As Ed Miller put it in his blog post on playing deceptively:.

Against a bad player that takes no real notice of how you play your hands, you could check-raise drawing hands in this spot all day and make a healthy profit from it. However, an observant player will find out what you are doing sooner or later and start 3-betting back at you with top-pair hands, giving you bad odds to play on and forcing you to fold.

So as you can see, whilst you think the play itself might be pretty deceptive, it's actually not deceptive at all if we're doing the exact same thing every time against a "thinking" player. Our opponent will spot that our range is very unbalanced and weighted toward drawing hands when we do this and so can play accordingly to exploit our actions.

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