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Board Textures and Hand Ranges

Comparing them correctly for sharper play

by Ed Miller |  Published: Jan 08, 2010


In my last column, I discussed that the most useful way to read hands relies on the concept of hand ranges. Because your opponents do not provide you perfect information with their checks, bets, and raises, you cannot quickly narrow down their holdings to just one or a few hands. Instead, you must assign ranges of hands to them based on their actions, and you can refine these ranges as the hand proceeds. You’re off to a good start if you can come up with relatively accurate hand ranges for your opponents as you play. But it’s also important to use these ranges to make the best playing decisions. The first step in doing that is to consider how hand ranges interact with board textures. Board texture is classification of board type based on what hands the board makes probable. For instance, a board of K 8 6 2 makes ...

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