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Comment | A11 commented on Hands of Interest (part 2)

1st hand- don't we take out outs from draw combinations that we think may be bluffing on the river? Hence we have to give more respect to a 3x or a Tx that villain is betting big with?

~30min mark with 44. I understand the reasoning behind how this is a good spot to bluff 4bet jam. What would our complete value and bluff range look like here? Or do we not really care about our range in this kind of spot?

Jan. 22, 2014 | 10:11 a.m.

Thank you for your answer. I will look into that book one day lol. As for not focusing on GTO... I assumed that when you are playing against an unknown you want to play defensively, hence play close to what you know of GTO. How do you approach unknown villains? Do you play them by the general level of the stakes that you are at? Ie... lets say at 10NL which is where I play people don't bluff enough so assume that this unknown villain also won't be bluffing with enough frequency?

Dec. 31, 2013 | 1:14 a.m.

Hey, thanks for your answer. But to be honest it doesn't really help me clarify the situation that much... I understand its a complex problem but do you think you could elaborate on what you mean by having a balanced range? How would you balance a range to try and make it so that villain has same EV against our donk, c/c, c/r ranges? Do you think you could elaborate how we could play with the numbers as you've outlined was the solution to figuring it out? I'd assume it would be alot of work so if you could give a very simple example that would be great. And lastly it seems to me that from your answer I could extrapolate that maybe I could approach the flop and turn ratios of value:bluff the same as the river and have more bluffs when I bet bigger and less bluffs when I bet smaller... would this be an okay approach? Thanks.

Dec. 30, 2013 | 8:27 p.m.


Do we balance our range on flop and turn with exact same or close to same number of combos of value and bluff? Does it not matter on our bet size just like on the river (Ie. if we bet pot on river we need 33% of bluffs and 66% value right?). The situation where I am confused is when we want to c/r on a dry board on the flop (button vs bb) and we can represent only a few combos of value... 

Lets say Button opens and we flat on a Kh 2s 5s do we check raise with 22 55 K5/K2 suited that we flatted which = 8 combos... so do we put in 8 combos of bluffs? like A3, A4 spades, AT spades etc? what else would you put in?   Thank you.

Dec. 30, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.

Noob question: why are we folding so many low pocket pairs (virtually all from what I see against an open) in position? I thought that implied odds of hitting a set IP is good enough to play them at least once a while (I am not sure what the frequency of playing them should be)

Dec. 29, 2013 | 3:14 p.m.

Comment | A11 commented on More video filters?

I'd also like to suggest filters for live/hand history/Theory

Dec. 23, 2013 | 8:39 a.m.


I am wondering how you guys go about reviewing your sessions and how often. Currently I have only implemented taking notes of hands I want to review after my session and then going through them. But I feel that many hands that I "should" be reviewing are being missed due to only my personal perspective of what my leaks are. As well, when looking through my stats on pokertracker I know for example currently I have a leak in aggression IP vs. OOP. I used to be really loose and aggressive but lately I've come to a point where my AF looks way too low especially IP which is bad b/c you want to be stealing more pots IP... Despite knowing this leak I am not sure how to zone into it more and really figure out in what kind of situations and on which streets I am making the biggest mistakes. Could you guys give me some tips/hints on how to review better? Thanks!

Dec. 19, 2013 | 10:07 p.m.

Wow! Congrats Nick I am very happy for you. But I can help but feel sadness in the fact that I will be missing your great quality videos from the essential section :( ... I really hope I can make it to small stakes NL soon to be able to afford the elite videos... 

Dec. 19, 2013 | 8:09 a.m.

hm the more I think about it, these range constructions are very similar to how I would have played these hands. But how do I learn to extrapolate such information to other types of boards on the flop, or maybe on the turn now, on the river etc... I am sorry if this is just too ignorant of a question... but I understand the basic idea of how to construct a range whether it be linear, or polarized but how do we determine whether or not the specific combos we put into our categories of c/c c/f or c/r are actually correct (ie. +ev)? Sure of course this is very villain dependent and our ranges should be dynamic but in terms of defensive poker is there a way of determining profitability? Is this done with propokertools or flopzilla or the likes of? I am not too familiar with using these programs maybe I need to be learning to use them?

Thanks again.

Dec. 14, 2013 | 8:10 p.m.

wow thank you for such a comprehensive clear response!

Dec. 14, 2013 | 7:50 p.m.

Comment | A11 commented on Playing Dynamic Ranges


Dec. 14, 2013 | 5:36 p.m.

Post | A11 posted in Chatter: Constructing balanced hand ranges


I am a 10NL player with only about 10k hands of experience at this level. Currently I am winning at a decent bb/100 rate and most of the winnings come from exploiting the fish in the game. This fact I am sure remains true in all levels of poker whether it be exploiting a completely recreational player or a regular with an exploitable leak. However, from my understanding, GTO poker is an essential tool to understand how one can prevent him/herself from being exploited by other knowledgeable players. This isn't to say that I am unaware of the fact that a widely-accepted recommendation in beating microstakes is to fully focus on exploiting rather than playing balance. However I am hoping to move up to 25NL and eventually 50NL next year and want to start thinking more about GTO. From what I gather it seems that winning players at these levels do have some knowledge about GTO and how to be less exploitable while exploiting others. I am extremely ignorant on this topic but I figured the first step is make sure your ranges are balance in various situations. At the moment I have only very limited number of spots where I know my range is balanced - like for example c/r oop on the flop after a call pre - but I would like to start developing my ranges elsewhere in the game. The problem is I don't know where to begin and how to go about this effectively and efficiently... I would like to get any recommendations with this problem! Thank you!

Dec. 14, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.

I dunno I personally find value in watching MTT vids despite only playing cash. The fundamental ideas behind plays/reads are the same. There is an argument to be made for PLO vs. NLHE though. 

Dec. 1, 2013 | 8:32 p.m.

Happy b-day RIO lol. Really glad to have chosen this site to learn all there is to learn about poker!

Dec. 1, 2013 | 10:14 a.m.

We are repping an extremely thin range. If u r balanced with actually just c/c with qq or 99 on the turn then it might be good. But im not so sure if this river shove is +ev... only hands we can credibly get to fold is aq and aa kk some of the time. The rest we had beat anyways.

Dec. 1, 2013 | 9:39 a.m.

I dont understand the two checks postflop. Our 3bet pre is really big... id make it 2.5 max. And the fact that its called villain prob has 88+ kq+ aqs+. So that flop is one I feel we should bet for value. Turn I would bet. And reevaluate on this more aggressive line on the river. 

As played im not too sure river call is +ev. Sure our hand is very underrepped but we dont have much information about villains range on the river.

Dec. 1, 2013 | 9:31 a.m.

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