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Thanks for explaining :) that's what I thought. Interestingly it's even betting non-pair hands huge, like basically most of the range

April 3, 2021 | 8:48 a.m.

Hi guys

Can somone explain to me why the solver chooses large flop bet sizes here at 70% frequency? It's betting about 95% pot

(BB 3 bet vs UTG open and call.)

From BB's pov

My first guess is nut advantage on a board where UTG has no sets or 2 pair.

I was wondering if give the choice of even bigger bet sizes, if the solver would choose to overbet?

This just seems like such a wild output.

March 30, 2021 | 1:08 p.m.

March 25, 2021 | 5:28 p.m.

Ah that makes sense, thank you for explaining. So slight nut advantage / having more aces shouldn't drive our decision to bet here? I guess we don't have enough better sets. I need to stop thinking about these spots in such a tunnel vision way :)

March 25, 2021 | 5:20 p.m.

Hi guys. I was wondering why this is a high frequency checking spot? We open EP and BU calls.

Just trying to figure out the logic behind this.


March 25, 2021 | 4:32 p.m.

Thanks, most charts seem in tune with this but I do trust MMASherdog so I have no idea how he gets away calling so wide. And apparently it's a solver derived range.

Feb. 17, 2021 | 2:48 p.m.

Post | SpankoPita22 posted in NLHE: 4 bet calling range from SB

Hi guys. I was wondering if you are calling suited connectors from SB vs. a BU 4bet?

I was looking at the preflop bible charts and I was very surprised to see how wide sb is calling with all sorts of suited connectors at 100% frequency.

I can see mixing folds in with all the PP and SC being viable, but calling them at 100% seems like burning money.

Feb. 17, 2021 | 6:55 a.m.

Thanks for the explanation :). A bit off topic but wouldn't it be risky to overbet into a J9 flop vs BB or is that mitigated by the width of their range and the fact they would 3 bet JJ?

Feb. 2, 2021 | 6:50 a.m.

Post | SpankoPita22 posted in NLHE: Simplifying Solutions

Hi guys. Sometimes I get solutions that are so mixed I don't really know how I would apply or remember them. I was wondering (as an example) how I would go about simplifying this one. Would it make sense to simply bet 40% pot with my entire range? (I multiplied each bet size by the frequency and added them all up and divided by the pot size)

Feb. 2, 2021 | 5:30 a.m.

Thanks, this is a great idea :)! Gonna try this

Where can I find a decent list of strategically unique flops? I would probably start with a smaller number of flops and then get more granular as I get the hang of it

Feb. 1, 2021 | 5:34 p.m.

betsizes and the most commonly taken betting action. As well as a general idea of which hands bet and which check.

Feb. 1, 2021 | 5:32 p.m.

Post | SpankoPita22 posted in NLHE: How Do You Study Solves

Hey guy, I'm wondering how you study solver solutions? I don't mean specifically what inputs you use in a solver but rather how you actually remember your hand reviews. If I solve only 5 hands I can barely remember any of it the next day :(

So I was wondering how many hands per day you solve/study and what methods you have for actually remembering everything?


Feb. 1, 2021 | 12:07 p.m.

I know 95% of spots from trial and error and review after, the charts are there for those few spots I haven't learned yet :). I rarely refer to them at this point, and it's not like I'm using them to make my life easy but rather to learn those few spots

Jan. 30, 2021 | 5:54 p.m.

Hi, does anybody know if poker software can take screenshots for security purposes? I sometimes have a ranges spreadsheet I made open but I read the PS software can screengrab and now I'm anxious.

What about on GG? is this a thing?

Jan. 30, 2021 | 1:32 p.m.

Thanks for your insight. I really appreciate it :)

Another thing I've noticed is people stab at the pot too often when checked to in SB vs. BB situations, or if they cold call pre. I've increased my checkraise frequency in these spots and and call them lighter.

Jan. 28, 2021 | 9:47 a.m.

Hi guys. I was wondering if anybody on here plays NL5 zoom on GG?

Are there any consistent tendencies that you have noticed in the player pool?

What I think I've noticed:
1) people overfolded to 3 bets at NL2z but it seems to me it's the opposite case at 5z?

2) Although I don't have a big enough sample it seems like people are barelling too much?

Would appreciate hearing about your observations. Thank you :)

Jan. 27, 2021 | 6:28 a.m.

Hi guys. I occasionally encounter people raising my turn overbet probes when I'm oop, I was wondering how to react to such plays or at least study these spots.

The same goes for people 3betting checkraises on flops that favor me as BB.

I realize this is a broad question but this is something I assumed solvers don't really do much so I don't even know how to go about solving or studying these spots. I'm playing NL2 and 5z and NL5 to 20 regular tables so I realize solver strategy doesn't apply a lot, but I was just wondering what a balanced response is to a line like this in different situations. I'll try to dig up some HH later today but for now was wondering how to generally tackle this.

Would also really appreciate it if anybody who knows some videos about this could post a link.

Thank you.

Jan. 15, 2021 | 7:44 a.m.

I played 3 tables yesterday for only 2 hours and saw 4 boats and more straights than I can count on my fingers. Now it could be because people chase more but it certainly does feel unusual. Adjusted by simply calling and overlimping more, and 3 betting less, and I started hitting loads of nut hands myself. Maybe this is just the nature of playing with live poker players, but I can see why people think it's action rigged. It almost feels like run it twice is enabled permanently in the background.

Dec. 28, 2020 | 5:22 a.m.

Thanks for the feedback Dnegs, the question arises though of how bluff heavy population turn/river raises are, and I'm getting a feeling they are heavily underbluffed, KJ ends up being the most common strong value combo that gets raised in that case with sets lower than mine being far less common, maybe 2 pairs but I don't know if villain would raise that or not. It's just confusing because of the variation in playstyles from player to player, and my club banned emulators so no huds :(

Played another session today and some people I labelled as regs were coldcalling 3bets with shit like Q2s and squeezing JTo. Either I'm starting to get exploited for being timid postflop (since if a rec calls me I shut it down often, so I guess I'm labelled as a one-and-doner :p). Or I've mislabeled them. I kind of feel like I'm going mad not being able to get clear reads because people play so wildly different between one person and the next. On GG zoom the whole pool plays more or less similarly with clear outliers

Will look for your post, thanks.

And I understand what you're saying, that you need to know GTO and what's balanced to know if there is a deviation so I will keep working on that :)

Dec. 26, 2020 | 7:08 p.m.

Haha, ya, I was also thinking this myself. After playing zoom the regular tables run so slow :'(

Dec. 26, 2020 | 3:38 p.m.

Hello, I feel like I need to learn more folding discipline at NL20 games on pokerbros. People chase so many draws that get there so often, what kind of adjustments would you guys recommend for this population? Yesterday I faced a turn raise with a set of aces and villain had the one hand that crushed me. Flop was A8Tr, we were 3 way on the flop and I was UTG (vs. BU coldcall and BB call). I fired 2 barrels about 35% and the 66%, (probably too small of a flop sizing) villain in BB checkraised me 2x on the turn and I called, then he half pot donked river and I called and he flipped KJo.

The issue is, some of these players will raise garbage pairs and draws as well on the turn. Was this just an unavoidable situation? Or should I be exploitatively folding a lot to raises like this after they keep barreling?

I'm crushing zoom at micros, but when playing these NL20 tables full of limpers I win a lot of small pots but lose huge pots when the loose players hit their draws.

What kind of adjustments should I be making to this population? Its a very mixed field of competent regs, live players, and online recs. (I already under-bluff when facing resistance).

Obviously calling ranges are quite inelastic, so should I be sizing down on very wet boards and triple barreling for a small size with TPTK? Or sizing up, barreling twice, and giving up on bad rivers?

Any other tips for playing vs theses guys? They don't play quite the same as recs at NL2 and 5, I assume the field has a lot of live poker players

Dec. 26, 2020 | 8:48 a.m.

Thank you for clarifying :)

Dec. 26, 2020 | 8:29 a.m.

Hi, could you possibly explain how to interpret your spreadsheet? What do you mean by 33, 90, check. And 33, check for example? Are those IP and OOP's lines alternating or did I misread it? Thanks ^_^

Dec. 18, 2020 | 5:03 p.m.

Just wanted to revive this thread. What are some examples of runouts where we would continue barreling after a merged raise? A competent villain would probably know to call often if he knows how wide we are raising.

Dec. 18, 2020 | 4:43 p.m.

Thanks for the explanation, this is really helpful :). Where I'm playing a lot of players will cbet far too much OOP, I know this should be done sparingly but so many players just cbet anyways on boards that don't equalize too well with their ranges.

"Think about what that means and how that will drive the action. Do we prefer calling or raising then?"

I figure if I want to get value with raising with my sets that I should also have a collection of hands that I raise as bluffs and for thin value. Not sure what you meant by the question but that's my thinking here. Likewise I can just call, but at zoom I don't always know if I'm up against someone who will barrel air 3x or have a more value heavy range; and (I don't know if I'm correct to think this way) I find that raising on boards that favor me puts more pressure on opponents and creates more fold equity.

Dec. 17, 2020 | 7:36 p.m.

So in a BU vs BB example where a villain on the button bets range at a small size we are supposed to raise a merged range in response.

I was wondering if this still applies when we are in position as a cold caller? For example, villain UTG bets and we call from CO and the flop is 974r - and we have 88 (or some piece of that board). If villain then leads 33% pot oop, should we ever be raising on a board like this which somewhat favors our range (we don't have any 2 pairs but do have the sets and potentially pairs depending on how wide villain thinks we cold call)

I think I remember a previous video mention using a call only strategy as preflop cold caller? But could exceptions be made in a spot like this? Calling with 88 and then getting barreled would be a bit uncomfortable if overcards hit.


Dec. 16, 2020 | 6:25 p.m.

Comment | SpankoPita22 commented on RYE ranges?

Thanks. I completely agree and understand. The issue I have with the ranges is the 3 bets they use are some wierd mix of mergy and polarized but mostly merged. I usually 3 bet polar because I find people are overfolding to 3 bets where I play. But generally I don't know what's better at micros for 3 bet ranges. Also some positions utilize polar 3 betting and 4 betting while others don't have it. And hands that I feel like would work better as calls are 3 bets. And hands like K9 make it into calls more often then not. That's why I was kind of skeptical about using them. It also omits 3 bet bluffing and calling suited connectors from small blind d vs EP which is a low frequency play. Given how I get so many folds I feel like they should be kept in? Basically I'm confused by all the different styles of preflop strategy and can't seem to choose one :(. This is something I would use as a default vs unknown players in zoom

Dec. 1, 2020 | 8:56 a.m.

Post | SpankoPita22 posted in NLHE: RYE ranges?

Has anyone here used / seen the RYE elementary cash course ranges? I was wondering how decent they are for NL5 to 20. I'm trying to find some very simplified and easy to memorize preflop ranges and these seem to fit the bill, but I'm wondering if they are dated. They a bit different from other ranges and lack some bluffs compared to more advanced solver ranges I've seen

Nov. 30, 2020 | 12:09 p.m.

Anybody? Still having problems finding these :(

Sept. 26, 2020 | 8:53 a.m.

I think a RAM upgrade would end up being cheaper in the long run. Unless your cpu is really weak and you intend to do a lot of solutions in a short time period I would stick to the RAM upgrade. But then again I'm not sure how much cloud rental costs, if you need to do only a few solves it might be cheaper.

Sept. 21, 2020 | 12:04 p.m.

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