I've been using the ranges from Upswing for a while now but the fact that they have lots of flatting from MP and even EP against EP open, makes me think they are not the best suited for my games. I'm playing 150-250bb deep, 5% raked (cap 2bb). Is there any source for good live ranges based on preflop solvers?
May 19, 2019 | 7 p.m.
As far as i know you need 2500bb to exclude the possibility of losing all your bankroll at a cash game assuming you have a 4bb/100bb winrate in the worst case scenario. does and if so how it impacts this variance calculation the fact that you and your opponents always buyin for 100bb or if the game is deeper and you and your opponents always buyin for at least 300bb? In other words do you need 2500bb to play safe only in a 100bb deep game or you cannot lose all your 2500bb bankroll if the game is always played deeper than 300bb?
May 10, 2019 | 8:05 p.m.
I just bought 2 mill hands for 6max.. is there any way I can put all the hands under a single Alias in pokertracker 4, so that I can research general stats and population tendencies? I can only add players under an Alias manually, which would be a waste of time given the amount of players that are involved in all the hands that I bought
May 6, 2019 | 1:42 p.m.
Hero opens QcQh UTG for $30, mp and bb call
Flop ($95) - Jh9d4d
BB x, Hero bet $60, mp shove $275, BB call, Hero call
Turn ($920) - Qs
BB leads $600, Hero goes all in $3000
- Given the dry side pot, should Hero 3bet the flop and isolate the MP?
- Does QQ play better as a call OTT?
April 19, 2019 | 9:02 p.m.
I just bought Pio and I was wondering what are some low hanging fruits in improving the complexity of my game thru solver work. I was thinking to start by:
- learn to identify the proper cbet sizings on different board textures
- learn to identify which turns and rivers are high/low ev for each player
- implement using more than one cbet size
What other things (that don't necessary have a steep learning curve)?
April 9, 2019 | 9 p.m.
Yeah but how can he look into Villain's future street options? That would be the exact opposite of what a solver's function is, which is to find the equilibrium that creates a perfect defense against any possible strategy.
March 14, 2019 | 10:25 p.m.
24:10 - Why does the solver change it's cbetting strategy for IP when we remove OOP's option to probe anything other than 30%? How can a node change based on another node that only comes later in the game tree? This is to say that the solver constructs it's flop strategy based on a read on it's opponent's turn tendencies..
Anyway, great video! The way you explain it's very clear and easy to understand. Thanks!
March 13, 2019 | 7:42 p.m.
I'm trying to find a computer that allows me to run PIO sims on, but also offers decent portability.
1)Intel i7, 4core 1.9GHz, 16gb RAM DDR3, Lenovo x1 Carbon
2)Intel i7, 6core 2.2GHz, 32gb RAM DDR3, Lenovo x1 Extreme
3)Intel i7, 6core 2.7GHz, 32gb RAM DDR4, workstation
I'm planning to go with 1) which is very portable and ultra light, but I'm willing to sacriface that if there is a massive difference between them in terms of the speed with wich they run solver sims.
Should I sacrifice portability and long battery range for better specs? How much of a difference would that make?
Feb. 26, 2019 | 11:56 a.m.
Do you guys find it difficult to remember the key hands that you played only a few days before? I know people who can remember all the key hands they've played in the past 2 years, in full detail, whereas I can't remember almost any hand after just a couple of days. I usually write them down on the spot so it's not that big of a deal but I'd like to know if this is a skill you can improve or it's just something that's easier for some than for another.
Feb. 21, 2019 | 9:08 a.m.
Is there a function in Equilab that allows to substract one range from another?
For example if I wanna map out my checking range on a flop where I'm the PFR, I would normally have to calculate the betting range and then one by one substract those combos from the total PFR range.. which takes a lot of time to do. It would make it much easier to input both the PFR and the betting range and have Equilab substracting them.
Jan. 7, 2019 | 11:07 p.m.
What would be some pros and cons to either flat or 3bet Axs from BTN/CO against single raise from early and middle, in live games, around 200bb deep?
Against Raise + Call + Call.. is it better to flat and take a flop against multiple players with a higher SPR or isolating and plaing HU brings us a higher EV?
Jan. 2, 2019 | 9:27 p.m.
Questions for experienced live pros
Q1. I find that ranges in live poker are so dynamic that for me it's almost useless to think things like "where am I in my range?" given that my lines are so different from one hand to another. I find it sort of impossible to approach my game like that. Do you guys usually know what your range is in every spot? And most importantly, do you really need this in order to become a great live player?
Q2. What's the right approach in order to become a world class live pro? What should your studying mostly consist of.. build solid ranges, analyze hands, analyze tendencies, disect ranges in PIO, etc?
Dec. 23, 2018 | 6:24 a.m.
Oct. 20, 2018 | 10 p.m.
Is there any way to substract a range from another using Powe-Equilab? For example, if we need to figure what our check back range is, the easiest way would be to substract the cbetting range from the SB open range.. is there a function for that? Thanks
June 13, 2018 | 8:57 p.m.
Got a few technical questions regarding how we should build our preflop ranges when we play HU 100bb deep with 0.5BB ante.
First of all I think BTN should open his whole range, given the fact that there's so much money in the pot already.
Let's say BTN uses 3.5X as a standard open, that means his required equity should be 37.5%, the same as he would need to open 2X in a regular game.
From BB's perspective, he'd have to put 2.5BB for a total pot of 8BB, so he's required equity is 31.25%, the same as he'd need when faced a 2.7X open in a regular game.
My main questions are if BB should play his range accordingly to vs a 2.7X open in regular game or maybe go even wider than that, given the fact that BTN's range contains 100% of hands so he's gonna fold a lot agains 3bets? And if that's the case, should BTN now adjust by 4betting lighter or he should stop opening the bottom 10% of hands even though that are most likely +EV to open? Or maybe implement a complex limp strategy?
What other adjustments should be made in this game also given the fact that stacks play shorter?
June 3, 2018 | 1:43 p.m.
Given the definition of Equilibrium that no player can unilaterally change their strategy to increase their EV, how come that a suboptimal betting frequency will increase the EV of the bettor?
Let's assume the pot is 100 and Villain's range is 2 combos of AA and 2 combos of QQ and we have KK only. He value bets pot size with a GTO range, meaning he bets both combos of AA and 1 QQ combo. We call 50% (GTO frequency). In this case, the EV for both Hero and Villain is 0 (Both will win half of the pot). However, if Villain decides to bet all his combos, our 50% calling frequency will result in a -0.25 EV.
Villain EV when villain bets all combos:
1/2100 + 1/2(1/2200 - 1/2100) = 125
Villain EV when villain bets GTO frequency:
1/2100 + 1/2(2/3200 - 1/3100) = 100
So where does Hero get back the EV lost in this spot? Am I missing something?
Feb. 3, 2018 | 5:02 p.m.
Is there any point in aspiring to become a high stakes pro when the passion for the game is not really there? I was never that guy who REALLY loves the game and I don’t remember myself ever playing poker for no financial stake. I somehow managed to get a decent and constant amount of money out of poker in the last 4 years (used to grind 100s spin&gos and then live cash games), but I was never that guy who’s so much into the game and who thinks hands and situations all the time. I mean my sole purpose of improving the game is just those extra $$ added to my hourly. Also I’m very bad at remembering hands after each session, so I virtually cannot get any sort of reads on people (might be due to the fact that I rather scroll my phone instead of paying attention to the game). Due to this issue, friends suggested me to approach a more GTO based style, as that would be less mental consuming for someone who’s facing my problem.
The thing is that I really adore the life that poker has given me, as I’m currently traveling through Asia, getting decent amounts of money playing around here, but will I ever get to play those stakes that each one of us dream about?
I noticed that most of the successful players have poker as a part of their life, so is my lack of passion a big hold back for getting to that point?
Nov. 23, 2017 | 7:27 p.m.
I had a hand in a PLO and I'm not sure if I played correct! I want some opinions of you.
So, 6-max live game, blinds 1/2 dollars. The game revolves around a recreational player, I am on his left side.
In this hand, this player is UTG and he limped (he only play with limp/call from any position, and his VPIP is over 70%) from 25 bb. I isolated with AKd63c from HJ and I have a stack of 400 bb. The big blind who is a quite aggressive and a bit tilted he called (from a stack of 450 bb), also the UTG he call.
The flop is 963 with 96 of diamonds. BB checks, UTG bet pot (allin) and I decided to call. The big blind raise to 100 bb.
How should we play this?